Data Systems for Experimental Physics

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives: The course aims to give students a thorough description of data acquisition and real-time systems

Content: The topics include computer architecture, I/O subsystems, real-time and concurrent systems, inter-process communication and interrupts, network technologies and protocols. As examples methods and systems used in large-scale experiments in physics are discussed. There will be an emphasis on hands-on work.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • understands basic concepts of computer architecture
  • can use the LINUX operating system and the shell
  • understands basic concepts of data acquisition
  • can use inter-process communication tools and interrupts
  • can develop C programs


The student

  • can develop data acquisition programs

General competence

The student has

  • developed skills to use computers to solve problems in physics and other sciences

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Minimum 60 ECTS in physics
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Exercises and project work.
Forms of Assessment
Project work. Pass/fail.