Journal article

The Associative Memory Serial Link Processor for the Fast TracKer (FTK) at ATLAS

A Andreani, A Annovi, R Beccherle, M Beretta, N Biesuz, W Billereau, R Cipriani, S Citraro, M Citterio, A Colombo, JM Combe, F Crescioli, D Dimas, S Donati, C Gentsos, P Giannetti, K Kordas, A Lanza, V Liberali, P Luciano Show all



The Fast TracKer (FTK) is an extremely powerful and very compact processing unit, essential for efficient Level 2 trigger selection in future high-energy physics experiments at the LHC. FTK employs Associative Memories (AM) to perform pattern recognition; input and output data are transmitted over serial links at 2 Gbit/s to reduce routing congestion at the board level. Prototypes of the AM chip and of the AM board have been manufactured and tested, in preparation of the imminent design of the final version.

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Fast Tracker project receives support from Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare; the US National Science Foundation and Department of Energy; Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and MEXT, Japan; the Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung, FRG; the Swiss National Science Foundation; and the European community FP7 People grant FTK 324318 FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP.