Chapter 14. Wiener MDGG-16 Controls

14.1. Overview

The Wiener MDGG-16 is a multipurpose logic device that accepts 16 ECL/LVDS inputs and produces 4 NIM outputs and 16 ECL/LVDS outputs. It can be configured to perform many different functions, but the main support provided in NSCLDAQ is to utilize it as a software controllable 16-channel OR. There is a slow-controls driver and an associated client controls graphical user interface (GUI) to configure it.

When used within NSCLDAQ, the MDGG-16 provides 4 independently-configurable 16-channel ORs outputted on the NIM outputs of the device. For each of these outputs, the user can select which of the 16 inputs will contribute. The MDGG16Control configuration GUI was developed with the aim of providing an intuitive way to generate the definitions of each OR and translate them to the device. It also provides a mechanism for saving a set of definitions to a file that can later be used in the slow-controls configuration file to reproduce a specific set of configurations during an experiment.

The GUI is not the only way to configure the device. It is possible to hard code the definitions into the slow-controls configuration file (i.e. ctlconfig.tcl). Doing so requires that four 16-bit integers be defined to represent the 16-channel bit masks of each OR. If a specific bit is set in a bit mask, the corresponding channel is enabled for contribution to the associated OR output. The first bit (bit 0) of this mask is associated with input 0, the second bit with input 1, ..., and last bit with input 15. The user assigns mask definitions to specific OR outputs by using the following naming convention: NIM output 1 is "OR A", NIM output 2 is "OR B", NIM output 3 is "OR C", and 4 is "OR D". The remaining documentation describes how to configure the device within the support structure provided by NSCLDAQ. It should further elucidate the meaning of the bit masks and also demonstrate how these masks are associated to specific OR outputs.