Hardware for the Fermilab Dynamic Display System
In order to have an instance of a Dynamic Display, the following components are required:
  • One or more displays
    • A dedicated computer that can drive your display
    • A television or a high-definition monitor
  • A controller

The Display

We recommend that your display computer run Fermilab Scientific Linux 7.x. Other operating systems (Windows 10 and Mac OS X) are acceptable, but they are not currently being used in the Dynamic Display system.

For your display computer, we recommend running the newest version of Linux on one of the following computers:
  • If you need a tiny computer, for example to fit behind a large TV in a tight space, we recommend any small computer from Dell, for example: the Dell 7040 Micro PC.
  • If space is not a problem, a deskside computer that has been recently taken out of service in your group is a good, free alternative.
  • We have also used Intel NUC Computers, but these have not been as reliable as the Dell computers. The last NUC computer that we bought was this NUC at MITPXPC.com.

For your monitor, any large screen TV that can be driven from a PC is sufficient. We have used Samsung TV. 4K TVs are widely available, relatively inexpensive, and beautiful display monitors. Caution! We have observed that these high-density TVs are fragile - a small bump on the screen has been know to ruin a monitor entirely.

There will be a catalog entry in the Services Catalog for configuring the computers in your system. Until that time, contact Elliott McCrory (x4808) to schedule a time for the installation of Scientific Linux Fermilab, and the display software, onto your computer.

The Controller

Any computer that can run Java 1.7 or later can run a channel selector. All controller computers in the Dynamic Display system currently are running Windows 10.

More Information

Complete, detailed instructions for all of this can be found in the documents on our REDMINE site.