EPICS: VME Acromag Support at SLAC
This page is the home of the EPICS VME Acromag device support at SLAC.
This site gives access to the software source code, information on other
modules which are needed to install and run it, and documentation on how
to include and use it in your EPICS applications. Please email any comments
and bug reports to Stephanie Allison
who is responsible for coordinating development and releases.
The software can drive the following types of hardware:
Where to Find it
You can download the software by anonymous ftp from the links in
the table below:
Installation and Building
After obtaining a copy of the distribution, it must be installed and built
for use at your site. These steps only need to be performed once for the
site (unless versions of the module running under different releases of
EPICS and/or the other required modules are needed).
Start with an existing EPICS application area and cd to the src directory.
Unpacking the distribution tar file produces an <acromag> directory.
The avme9210 and avme9325 code in this release still has module_types.h
dependencies. We plan to remove this dependency in a future release. Your
EPICS manager must modify your system's base/src/include/module_types.h
to include the AVME definitions, and then rebuild iocCore. It may be necessary
to remove base/src/db/O.*/iocInit.o to force a rebuild of that module.
You may prefer to just rebuild all of base. The file acromag/include/module_types.h.portion
contains the section of module_types.h which must be changed (analog inputs
and outputs). This may involve integrating the AVME changes into any local
changes to module_types.h. See acromag/include/module_types.h for an example.
Add acromag to your src/Makefile and run gnumake. Check for any
When using any acromag device in your application, you'll want to include
the appropriate dev dbd files along with the normal base dbd files when
building your application's database definition file. You'll also want
to include the appropriate LIBOBJS files when building your application's
library. There is a dbd and LIBOBJS file under each acromag directory.
The base address for the 9440 card(s) is set by calling the function devAvme9440Config
from your startup script. This function is to be called after the avme
objects have been loaded but prior to executing iocInit(). The arguments
are the number of cards, base VME A16 bus address, and base IRQ. An example
script resides in acromag/cmd.
Example databases reside in acromag/db.
Example DM displays reside in acromag/dl.
Please email Stephanie Allison
so she can keep track of which sites are using this software.
The following documentation is available:
The avme9210 and avme9325 software was originally developed by Joe White
at SLAC. The avme9440 software was originally developed by Greg Nawrocki
at APS/ANL and updated by Marty Kraimer at APS/ANL. Software developed
for the same hardware by others but not supported in this distribution
is included for reference and possibly for a future merge:
This distribution is used at the following EPICS sites:
avme9440/other - software developed by Andrew Johnson at APS/ANL for 9440/9443/9447
avme9325/other - software developed by Kay-Uwe Kasemir (note that drvAcro.h
avme9325/ssrc - software developed by Cheng Weixing at SSRC, Shanghai
SLAC: BaBar DCH-Gas Subsystem (9210, 9325)
SLAC: BaBar DCH-Mon Subsystem (9440)
ANL: APS (9440)
ORNL: SNS (9210, 9325, 9440) (firstname.lastname@example.org)