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|Manuscript Title: Vectorized data acquisition and fast triple-correlation integrals for Fluorescence Triple Correlation Spectroscopy|
|Authors: William K Ridgeway, David P Millar, James R Williamson|
|Program title: Triple Correlation Toolbox (suite)|
|Catalogue identifier: AEOP_v1_0|
Distribution format: tar.gz
|Journal reference: Comput. Phys. Commun. 184(2013)1322|
|Programming language: C / Assembly.|
|Computer: Any with GCC and library support.|
|Operating system: Linux and OS X (data acq. for Linux only due to library availability), not tested on Windows.|
|RAM: ≥ 512 MB.|
|Keywords: Fluorescence Triple Correlation Spectroscopy, Multiple-tau, F3CS, FCS, Data acquisition, Parallel processing, Data-parallel computing, Vectorization, SSE, SIMD.|
External routines: NIDAQmx (National Instruments), Gnu Scientific Library, GTK+, PLplot (optional)
Nature of problem:
Fluorescence Triple Correlation Spectroscopy required three things: data acquisition at faster speeds than were possible without expensive custom hardware, triple-correlation routines that could process 1/2 TB data sets rapidly, and fitting routines capable of handling several to a hundred fit parameters and 14,000+ data points, each with error estimates.
A novel data acquisition concept mixed signal processing with off-the-shelf hardware and data-parallel processing using 128-bit registers found in desktop CPUs. Correlation algorithms used fractal data structures and multithreading to reduce data analysis times. Global fitting was implemented with robust minimization routines and provides feedback that allows the user to critically inspect initial guesses and fits.
Data acquisition only requires a National Instruments data acquisition card (it was tested on Linux using card PCIe-6251) and a simple home-built circuit.
Hand-coded x86-64 assembly for data acquisition loops (platform-independent C code also provided).
A complete collection of tools to perform Fluorescence Triple Correlation Spectroscopy - from data acquisition to two-tau correlation of large data sets, to model fitting.
1-5 hours of data analysis per hour of data collected. Varies depending on data-acquisition length, time resolution, data density and number of cores used for correlation integrals.
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