|CDF Run II User's Guide to RunControl|
The RunControl application controls almost every type of data acquisition and calibration required for the CDF Run II detector operation. Starting RunControl requires no special privileges and may be run from any user account on the online cluster. The main shiftcrew activities are usually performed from the cdfdaq account, while most component, data acquisition, and trigger experts use their own accounts for development, testing and calibration. Before running, you must make sure the following line is in your login file, usually .cshrc or the equivalent:
Due to the complexity of the application, it is strongly recommended to start RunControl on the same machine as your local X display, and not to run over the network. Running over the network can significantly degrade response time.
An example of the main RunControl window can be found at the end of this page. Note the StateManager diagram displayed in the top two-thirds of the window. Using the StateManager transition buttons, you control the synchronization of the states of the system and so are able to start, stop and configure runs. When the main window is up and ready, there are three steps before you can use the StateManager to start a run:
Below find an image of the main RunControl window. Note that various regions of the picture are actively linked. Click on part of the display to learn more about that function of RunControl.