Feeling Old On Shift September 26, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in computers, physics.
Text from a recent shift summary at DZERO:
Lost beam at about 0915 due to a serial camac link error. Felt old when most of the shift crew looked blankly at me when I said the word “CAMAC”.
Indeed. I played with CAMAC when I was an undergraduate and already the next generation technology, NIM, was showing up. I always used to think of CAMAC as the easy way to wire up logic gates. Need a few AND gates and an OR or perhaps a NAND to wire together a few signals (a trigger, for example)? Slap a few CAMAC modules together, string some lemo wires (or BNC), and there you are. Of course, these days one does the equivalent with a FPGA chip. But it was more fun with in the CAMAC days. 🙂 CAMAC and NIM are such universal standards you can still find them around Fermilab. I’ll try to remember to get some pictures when I return there next.