I am surprised that a raw file plugin is significantly faster than netCDF or HDF5. I would like to see the tests, and figure out what is actually slowing them down, i.e.
is it CPU bound, waiting for a semaphore, etc.? Can you post actual benchmark results for the different plugins, i.e. frames/s and MB/s?
You should not need to do anything special to create a FIFO to buffer images while the disk is busy. Every areaDetector plugin comes with such a FIFO, i.e. its input
queue. Just increase the QueueSize to be large enough to buffer all the images you need to store in one "burst". You can also use the CircularBuffer plugin to do this, but it should really not be necessary, that is intended more for "triggered" applications
where the buffer is emptied when a trigger condition is satisfied.
From: Mark S. Engbretson [mailto:Engbretson@anl.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:24 PM
To: Mark Rivers; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Area Detector and high performance NVME devices
I have the adimec camera which generates data at ~2.5 GB/s. I recently got my hands on a newer HP 840 with a HP Turbo Z nvme drive which claims a sustained write speed of 6 GB/S. None of the existing file plugin see any performance increase
when writing to this device – I do not think that any are actually write limited. I have modified a raw binary file plugin that I obtained from Keenan Lang that easily sustains the cameras write rate until the device is full.
Problem is – Raw data really doesn’t do anyone much good. I was thinking that perhaps a quick solution to my problem might be to change this Raw File plugin to look/act like a disk based fifo or circular buffer. This could collect to the
limit of the hardware at full speed, and if someone wanted HDF output, they would just drain this queue at the speed that HDF files are generated. Or is there an easier/better solution? I.e. any way that file plugins can use the new multi-thread model of
I know the HDF files can be generates at very high speeds on Lustre file systems, but this seems to be using parallel HDF5. Is this something that Area Detector supports?