Vogelgesang M., Rota L., Perez L.E.A., Caselle M., Chilingaryan S., Kopmann A.
in Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering, 9967 (2016), 996715. DOI:10.1117/12.2237611
© Copyright 2016 SPIE. With ever-increasing data rates due to stronger light sources and better detectors, X-ray imaging experiments conducted at synchrotron beamlines face bandwidth and processing limitations that inhibit efficient workflows and prevent real-time operations. We propose an experiment platform comprised of programmable hardware and optimized software to lift these limitations and make beamline setups future-proof. The hardware consists of an FPGA-based data acquisition system with custom logic for data pre-processing and a PCIe data connection for transmission of currently up to 6.6 GB/s. Moreover, the accompanying firmware supports pushing data directly into GPU memory using AMD’s DirectGMA technology without crossing system memory first. The GPUs are used to pre-process projection data and reconstruct final volumetric data with OpenCL faster than possible with CPUs alone. Besides, more efficient use of resources this enables a real-time preview of a reconstruction for early quality assessment of both experiment setup and the investigated sample. The entire system is designed in a modular way and allows swapping all components, e.g. replacing our custom FPGA camera with a commercial system but keep reconstructing data with GPUs. Moreover, every component is accessible using a low-level C library or using a high-level Python interface in order to integrate these components in any legacy environment.