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Entry  04 Feb 2008, Robert Pattie, Forum, analyzer crashes at high rates 
    Reply  05 Feb 2008, Stefan Ritt, Forum, analyzer crashes at high rates 
Message ID: 421     Entry time: 05 Feb 2008     In reply to: 420
Author: Stefan Ritt 
Topic: Forum 
Subject: analyzer crashes at high rates 
> I'm using midas to read data from a waveform digitizer at event rates of
> 10-30kHz. To accomplish this the digitizer is read via Block transfers and the
> raw data put into a single MIDAS event.  Thus a MIDAS event could contain upto
> 250 physical events and at maximum 350kBytes.  In the analyzer modules I had
> been analyzing the first physics event contained in a MIDAS event with no
> problem.  Recently I tried to analyze all the physical events.  At low rates,
> 100hz-1khz, this was no problem, 1-5 physical events in a MIDAS event.  At
> higher rates 10-20kHz, where there are about 40physical events per MIDAS event,
>  the analyzer keeps up for a  few seconds then seg faults with " 'shared object
> read from target memory' has disappear; keeping it symbols".  Any suggestions as
> to why the analyzer is crashing would be very helpful.

I personally have never seen this error message. The analyzer is designed such that
it produces "back pressure" if the data rate is higher than the analysis rate and
you have "request all events" on. The only thing I can image are the following two

- At higher rate where you have more than 40 physical events per MIDAS event, there
is some bug in your analysis code which gets exploited only in that case. Maybe some
temporary array which is only 35 entries long or something like this.

- The back pressure mentioned above will slow down the frontend. If your computer
busy logic is not working correctly, you might get more triggers than you can
acquire. Maybe then the data gets screwed up and the analyzer chokes on it.

Finding the exact reason is not simple. For sure you have to run the analyzer inside
the debugger, to see exactly where the segfault happens. You then maybe have to
produce some dummy data in the frontend (like always sending the same event) to
disentangle some possible trigger problems from other problems.

Best regards,

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