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The transputer-based data acquisition system for the Zeus central tracking detector is described. The Zeus experiment is being installed on the Hera electron-proton collider being built at the Desy laboratory in Hamburg. The high-beam crossover rate of the Hera machine will provide experience in data acquisition and triggering relevant to the environment of future accelerators. The front-end data acquisition system, the crate readout system, and the system readout are described. The readout controller is discussed. The current status and future developments are outlined for this architecture.
Date of Publication: Dec 1990