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Detector Processing Units

The EIGER Processing Unit (EPU) and PILATUS Processing Unit (PPU) are compact systems that compliment to EIGER2 and PILATUS3 detectors for synchrotron beamlines.

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PILATUS Processing Unit (PPU)

The PILATUS processing unit (PPU) complements PILATUS3 detector systems for synchrotron beamlines. Consisting of a high-end server, the PPU provides ample processing power and dedicated software packages, both of which help to eliminate bottlenecks in many of today’s beamline installations.

The fast PILATUS3 detectors are used in combination with the PPU to achieve superior data collection and processing performance.

Easy-to-use and highly efficient, the software packages are designed to meet the needs of high-performance beamlines equipped with PILATUS3 detectors. These packages offer instantaneous, highly reliable data transfer, lightening-fast data processing, and real-time data visualization and manipulation.

EIGER Processing Unit (EPU)

Consisting of a high-end server and powerful software, the EIGER Processing Unit (EPU) XL satisfies your needs for data management and processing at your beamline. Easy-to-use and highly efficient, the software packages offer instantaneous, highly reliable data transfer, fast data processing for single crystal diffraction data, plus data visualization and manipulation capabilities.

With a modern RHEL-based operating system (CentOS 7) and a pre-installed 10Gbit/s high-speed network card (SFP+), the EPU is well-suited to serve as an interface for beamline IT infrastructure. The installation of distributed control systems on the EPU is encouraged.


Key advantages


  • Extremely reliable high-speed data transfer
  • Fast local buffer storage for weeks of user operation
  • Real-time data visualization and manipulation
  • Fast crystallographic data processing

Installed Software Packages


  • FURKA and GRIMSEL – high-speed data synchronization software
  • Third-party crystallographic software packages (XDS)
  • NEGGIA – XDS plugin for HDF5 data compatability
  • ALBULA – data visualization software

"We are very happy with the performance of PPUs in general. In fact, on MX beamlines over the two years of operation, we did not miss a single frame, which is radically different from our previous experiences with self-made data management solutions. Our users process nearly all the data on PPUs, XDS basically keeps up with the data collection."

Gleb Burenkov, EMBL, Synchrotron PETRA III at DESY, Germany

Compatible with the EIGER Processing Unit (EPU)

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Compatible with the PILATUS Processing Unit (PPU)

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Key Contact

Max Burian
Product Manager

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