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Entry  24 Sep 2018, Devin Burke, Forum, Implementing MIDAS on a Satellite 
    Reply  25 Sep 2018, Stefan Ritt, Forum, Implementing MIDAS on a Satellite 
       Reply  25 Sep 2018, Devin Burke, Forum, Implementing MIDAS on a Satellite 
          Reply  26 Dec 2018, Konstantin Olchanski, Forum, Implementing MIDAS on a Satellite 
Message ID: 1421     Entry time: 26 Dec 2018     In reply to: 1402
Author: Konstantin Olchanski 
Topic: Forum 
Subject: Implementing MIDAS on a Satellite 
> Thank you for your comment Stefan. We do have some hardware resources on the board such as RAM, ROM and
> Flash storage so we wouldn't necessarily have to virtualize everything. Ideally we would like a
> completed and compressed file to be produced on board and regularly sent back to ground without
> requiring remote access. MIDAS is appealing to us because its easily automated but we wouldn't
> necessarily need functions like a GUI or web interface. Part of the discussion now is whether or not a
> microblaze processor would be sufficient or if we need a dedicted ARM processor.

Hi, just recently I got a midas frontend to build and run on uclinux on a microblaze arm CPU (GRIFFIN CDM VME board).

It worked, but uncovered many problems inside midas - uclinux has no mmu, no multithreading, no recursive mutexes, no 
some of the other stuff assumed always available.

The worst problem I ran into was with uclinux giving us a very small stack so code like "int main() { char buf[10*1024]; }
crashes right away and there is a lot of code like this in midas.

My feeling about the xilinx soft-core CPU, if you can run uclinux, you can also run a midas frontend. We do not require 
memory beyond that needed to store one or two of your data events.

By design, the midas library can be built in a "minimal" configuration that only supports a frontend connected
to the mserver (no local ODB, no local event buffers, no local mhttpd/mlogger, etc).

As you have seen in the Makefile, there are provisions for cross-compilation and I cross-compile midas things quite often.

On the other side, if you have xilinx FPGA with build-in PowerPC CPU, most definitely you can run full linux
and you can run full midas on it, we have done this for the T2K/ND280 experiment in Japan.

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