A picture from the CMS control room September 8, 2008Posted by dorigo in news, physics.
Shown below, a picture from the CMS control room taken a minute ago, showing the event display while taking cosmics during a global run, with the solenoid turned on…
I am currently on the day shift, taking care of the CMS tracker. This just means looking at a graphical user interface (GUI) or two, and a few plots on four large monitors, checking that temperatures are stable, voltages remain within bounds, everything is on, etcetera. Most of all, one needs to verify that nothing turns orange or red. If it does, a little Albert Einstein icon can be clicked on the GUI, bringing up a window which guides the user through the checks and actions required to fix the problem. Quite a no-brainer. That is a very welcome feature of the system, since this is my first day of shift, and I have not received a proper training yet.
All in all, things still look a bit obscure to me – the control system is new and today is the first time I see it. But event displays such as the one above… No explanation necessary: they make a lot of sense to me!