PC characteristics (used for PCO EDGE at ESRF)


2x Intel Xeon E5645 Six-Core CPU, 2,40GHz, 80W, Socket LGA1366, 12MB 5,86GT/sec

CPU's: 2x Xeon SixCore E5645 2,40Ghz 12MB 5,86GT/sec
Intel Xeon E5645 Six-Core CPU, 2,40GHz, 80W, Socket LGA1366, 12MB
external cache. 5,86GT/sec QPI speed. 1333MHz memory speed (DDR3 only).
Intel Technologies: Intel Turbo Boost , Intel Hyper-Threading
Technology, Intel Virtualization (VT-x), Intel Trusted Execution,
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep, Intel Demand Based Switching, Execute
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  • RAM

24 GB (6x DDR3-1333 Reg. ECC 4 GB module)
  • HD

  Western Digital 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 2, 300 Mbps

  Adaptec RAID 5405/5405Q with 2 HD of 450 Gb -> RAID0 837 GB
  Hitachi 450GB, 15,000RPM SAS / Serial Attached SCSI, 6Gbps
  • graphic card

Matrox G200eW
  • motherboard

Motherboard Extended ATX format 13,68in x 13in, (34,7cm x 33cm) (W x H);
2 socket LGA 1366-pin. It supports processors Quad-Core Intel Xeon
series 5500; QPI bus system (up to 6.4GT/s); *chipset Intel 5520*;

18 socket DIMM 240 pin, support for up to 288GB memory DDR3
1333/1066/800MHz Registered or 48GB memory DDR3 unbuffered ECC, the real
operating ram speed depends on the processor?s model and number of
installed ram, best performances are achieved through a triple channel
  • PCI slots

1x PCIe x4 (in x8 slot)
3x PCIe x8
1x PCIe x8 (in x16 slot)
2x PCIe x16

PCO EDGE - install instructions for Silicon Software Me4 Board

Check the document camera/pco/doc/Me4_Installation_Test_e1.pdf with the requirements and procedure to install the CameraLink grabber card. It is important in order to get the maximum transfer speed required by the PCO EDGE camera.

The boards tested by PCO are:

Supermicro X8ST3
GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R
Intel S5520
Intel DX58SO2
Supermicro X8DTH-iF

With the PC described in PCO EDGE notes the speed of the CameraLink is about 570 MB/s (66% of the theoretic max of 860 MB/s).

PCO EDGE - shutter mode (global/rolling)

cam.talk("rollingShutter 0")   <--- set shutter mode to GLOBAL

cam.talk("rollingShutter 1")   <--- set shutter mode to ROLLING

After the change of the shutter mode, the cam is rebooted and requires about 10s to became ready, meanwhile the acq status is AcqConfig.

The validRanges (exposure and latency time) are updated after the mode change.