Multi channel sample collection with x310


We'll demonstrate using multiple USRPs to collect samples.

Set up

  1. Make a reservation of the grid console.
  2. Verify availability of x310s of the grid, then power cycle the x310s with omf commands.
      grid> omf stat -t [23,1..8]
      grid> omf tell -a offh -t [23,1..8]
      grid> omf tell -a on   -t [23,1..8]
  1. In this example we'll use node21-1 to run the application to collect samples. This node will have access to all usrps on the grid's RF device column ie. -t [23,1..8]

Load baseline-uhd.ndz image and then ssh into node21-1

  grid> omf load -i baseline-uhd.ndz -t node21-1
  grid> omf tell -a on -t node21-1
  grid> ssh root@node21-1
  1. [Optional] Test the PPS input to x310s
      root@node21-1:~/uhd/host/build/examples# ./test_pps_input --args="addr=" --source external
    Output text should indicate "Success!"

Collect samples

  1. The application to collect samples is rx_multi_receive. The source files are in the attachment. Download it to a directory and make the application.

Run rx_multi_receive —help to get a list of options.

root@node21-1:~/RX_MULTI_RECEIVE# ./rx_multi_receive --help
linux; GNU C++ version 4.8.4; Boost_105400; UHD_003.010.001.001-release

UHD RX Multi Samples Allowed options:
  --help                  help message
  --args arg              single uhd device address args
  --secs arg (=1.5)       number of seconds in the future to receive
  --nsamps arg (=10000)   total number of samples to receive
  --freq arg (=900000000) RF center frequency in Hz for all channels
  --rate arg (=6250000)   rate of incoming samples for all channels
  --gain arg (=0)         gain for the RF chain for all channels
  --prefix arg            enables file output with filename prefix
  --addr arg              udp address:
  --port arg (=1337)      udp port: 1337
  --sync arg (=now)       synchronization method: now, pps, mimo
  --subdev arg            subdev spec (homogeneous across motherboards)
  --dilv                  specify to disable inner-loop verbose
  --int-n                 tune USRP with integer-N tuning
  --channels arg (=0)     which channel(s) to use (specify "0", "1", "0,1",

This app is very similar to rx_multi_sample provided in the UHD examples directory but with a few additional arguments.

  • The values given with options —freq and —gain are specified across all channels.
  • Use the option —prefix to collect samples from all channels to a file name tagged with the prefix and channel number.
  • Use the —sync option with PPS option synchronize sampling across all devices. This option selects the time source to the external 10Mhz refernce clock.
  • The samples can also be sent out via UDP by providing —addr and —port.
  1. To collect samples with 3 x310s with both daughter boards (for a total of 6 channels)
    root@node21-1:~/RX_MULTI_RECEIVE# now="date +%Y%m%d"T"%H%M%S"Z" "
    root@node21-1:~/RX_MULTI_RECEIVE# ./rx_multi_receive --nsamps 1024 --rate 5e6 --args="addr0=,addr1=,addr2=" --subdev "A:0 B:0" --channels "0,1,2,3,4,5" --prefix "x310_`$now`_"  --sync "pps" --secs 5

Each channel data is collected into an ascii file with meta information and a binary file with only sample data:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   27262 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_0_meta
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    8192 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_0_binary
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   27643 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_2_meta
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    8192 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_2_binary
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   27735 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_1_meta
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    8192 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_1_binary
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   27360 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_4_meta
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    8192 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_4_binary
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   27678 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_3_meta
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    8192 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_3_binary
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   26868 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_5_meta
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    8192 May  6 14:28 x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_5_binary
  1. Details of each channel in the meta file. The channel sample data is also appended in ascii text if the samples collected is less than ~16000.
    root@node21-1:~/RX_MULTI_RECEIVE# more x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_0_meta
    channel              : 0
    mboard id            : X310
    mboard_serial        : 30A3570
    mboard_name          : Mercury
    rx_id                : UBX-160 v1 (0x007a)
    rx_subdev_name       : UBX RX
    rx_subdev_spec       : A:0 B:0
    total samples        : 1024
    sample size          : 8
    RX frequency (MHz)   : 900
    RX sample rate (MHz) : 5
    RX gain (dB)         : 0
  1. The channel's complete sample data is located in the files labeled binary. To quickly view contents of the binary file:
    root@node21-1:~/RX_MULTI_RECEIVE# hexdump -v -e '"%010_ad [" 2/4 "%f " "]\n"' x310_20160506T142807Z_ch_0_binary
    0000000000 [0.000000 0.000031]
    0000000008 [-0.000244 -0.000092]
    0000000016 [-0.000153 0.000061]
    0000000024 [-0.000214 0.000061]
    0000000032 [-0.000122 0.000061]
    0000000040 [0.000031 0.000153]
    0000000048 [-0.000122 -0.000061]
    0000000056 [-0.000183 -0.000061]
    0000000064 [-0.000092 0.000153]
    0000000072 [-0.000031 0.000031]
    0000000080 [-0.000153 0.000000]
    0000000088 [0.000031 0.000061]
  1. As an example here is a plot of the all channels receiving a test signal around 900MHz. Although the signal was captured with the —sync PPS option, the start phase of each signal receive is different from channel to channel.
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