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Postgraduate course

Data Systems for Experimental Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePHYS391
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Objectives: The course aims to give students a thorough description of data acquisition and real-time systems

Content: The topics include computer architecture, I/O subsystems, real-time and concurrent systems, inter-process communication and interrupts, network technologies and protocols. As examples methods and systems used in large-scale experiments in physics are discussed. There will be an emphasis on hands-on work.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • understands basic concepts of computer architecture
  • can use the LINUX operating system and the shell
  • understands basic concepts of data acquisition
  • can use inter-process communication tools and interrupts
  • can develop C programs


The student

  • can develop data acquisition programs

General competence

The student has

  • developed skills to use computers to solve problems in physics and other sciences

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Exercises and project work.

Forms of Assessment

Project work. Pass/fail.

Exam information