• REAL-TIME HIGH SPEED DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM WITH ADVANCED DATA LINKS

      Tidball, John E.; ECHOTEK CORPORATION (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1997-10)
      The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of a very high-speed instrumentation and digital data recording system. The system converts multiple asynchronous analog signals to digital data, forms the data into packets, transmits the packets across fiber-optic lines and routes the data packets to destinations such as high speed recorders, hard disks, Ethernet, and data processing. This system is capable of collecting approximately one hundred megabytes per second of filtered packetized data. The significant system features are its design methodology, system configuration, decoupled interfaces, data as packets, the use of RACEway data and VME control buses, distributed processing on mixedvendor PowerPCs, real-time resource management objects, and an extendible and flexible configuration.