Alarm Handler

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Experimental Python Alarm Handler

For full documentation see Alarm Documentation

The new python alarm handler lives (for now) in a SBU JLab GitHub Repository

Start a new instance

  • Sound Server
    • From within the hacuser acount on hacweb7, cd to ~/parity-alarms/ and execute "./bserver" to allow the alarm handler to make sounds
    • Verify the alarm handler makes sound successfully by either using the Hall A Alarm Handler sound test, or by unsilencing some alarming alarm for a few seconds
  • Parity Alarm Handler GUI
    • From within the apar account on adaq1, execute the ~/bin/ command "ParityAlarms"
    • If the online analysis is running then live JAPAN data alarms should be updating in the background
    • To enable audible alarms please run the AlarmServer command from a new and separate terminal on the hacweb7 (EPICS) computer

Hall A/Target Alarm Handler

Figure 1 - Click on the red toolbox in the lower left of the hacweb7 screen (4th icon from the left).
Figure 2 - The alarm handler window when there is a red alarm.
Figure 3 - The window that opens when you click on the alarm handler button. There is a red alarm

Start a new instance of the Hall A Alarm handler

  • First check if any other instances are running, don't duplicate alarm handlers
  • From the EPICS control computer (hacweb7), click on the red toolbox in the lower left corner (see Figure 1)
  • Click on "AlarmHandler" in the popup menu
  • The window shown in Figure 2 should appear
  • Move the alarm handler window to the upper right of the screen
  • Pin the window to all of the desktops
    • Right Click on the "AlarmHandler" in the upper left corner
    • Mouse over "To Desktop"
    • Choose "All Desktops" at the top of the drop down menu
  • Keep Above All Windows
    • Right Click on the "AlarmHandler" in the upper left corner
    • Go to Advanced, and select "Keep Above Others"
  • Open the Current Alarm History
    • Click the "View" context menu and select "Current Alarm History Window"
    • This is most useful for getting detailed information about timing and values of alarms as they accumulate
    • Information about alarms is also accessible by double clicking on items in the right half-panel

Start a new instance of the Target Alarm Handler

  • Make sure the target gui is running on the poltarac computer
cd ~/Desktop/PRex
Select the ALARMS button
  • It should be similar to the Hall A alarm handler, but with difference tracked EPICS variables

Responding to an (audible) alarm

  • Click on the alarm handler window in the upper right of the hacweb7 monitor (see Figure 2)
  • This will open a window that lists the various pieces of equipment (see Figure 3)
  • Please feel free to make strip charts out of any interesting EPICS variables that you find in the Alarm Handler or other GUIs. See Strip chart for more information.
  • If an alarm is white then it is a communications failure from an EPICS Input/Output controller (IOC) and should rectify itself in a minute or less (otherwise call the RC)
  • If an alarm is red it means that some important parameter is out of range
    • Please keep track of the set points and current value of anything that alarms, and if the alarm isn't transient and trivial please make a HALOG entry about it
    • If the alarm continues for more than a few seconds please try to understand the nature of the issue and contact the RC or other nearby experts if it isn't immediately clear how to resolve it
  • To increase/decrease the volume of parity alarm

There are some sound level bars at the bottom left of the screen, use the mouse to pull those bars up/down to increase/decrease the volume.

Figure 1 - parity alarm sound bars

VESDA Hall A Fire Alarm System

Is the VESDA System OK? (VESDA is the smoke/fire detection and alarm system. Check the Hall A VESDA Console on the wall beside the door to the computer room. Every light should be green and in the minimum lowest alert setting.

Figure 4 - The VESDA panel in the counting house.