MIDAS Event Construction
MIDAS event construction
Usually a bank contains an array of values that logically belong together. For example, an experiment can generate an ADC bank, a TDC bank and a bank with trigger information. The length of a bank can vary from one event to another due to zero suppression from the hardware. Besides the variable data length support of the bank structure, another main advantage is the possibility for the analyzer to add more (calculated) banks during the analysis process to the event in process. After the first analysis stage, the event can contain in addition to the the raw ADC bank, a bank with calibrated ADC values called CADC for example. In this CADC bank the raw ADC values could be offset or gain-corrected.
Creation of MIDAS banks
The following routines are available in the MIDAS package :
- bk_init() Initializes a bank structure in an event.
- bk_init32() Initializes a bank structure in an event. bk_init32() can be used to reduce the size of very large banks, where the data will fit into a 32-bit word
- bk_create() Creates a bank with a given name (exactly four characters)
- bk_close() Closes a bank previously opened with bk_create().
- bk_locate() Locates a bank within an event by its name.
- bk_iterate() Returns bank and data pointers to each bank in the event.
- bk_list() Constructs a string with all the banks' names in the event.
- bk_size() Returns the size in bytes of all banks including the bank headers in an event.
The first four routines are for creation of banks (e.g. in a frontend), while the last four are used to process the banks (e.g. in an analyzer).