Consulting on Timing Systems and Open Source Collaboration Tools at the Inception of CERN’s White Rabbit Project

When CERN decided to renovate their General Machine Timing System, they partnered with Cosylab for the requirements gathering phase. This contributed to the development of the Open Hardware Repository and the open hardware White Rabbit Timing System, an open-source solution to the design and implementation of an accelerator timing system.
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research. In 2008 Cosylab carried out a requirements gathering project commissioned as a part of the renovation of the master timing system that coordinates all machines taking part in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) chain, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The requirements gathered from GSI (FAIR), IN2P3 and ITER contributed to the definition of the White Rabbit Timing system, part of CERN’s Open Hardware initiative. White Rabbit now forms the basis for coordination of actions across accelerator machines at FAIR, for which Cosylab is delivering several hundred timing receivers in multiple form-factors. To help bootstrap the open hardware initiative, Cosylab also implemented the initial web-based Open Hardware Repository portal for CERN.

Read the full Case Study here