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Processing of [https://www.dectris.com/EIGER_X_Features.html Eiger] data is different from processing of conventional data, because the frames are wrapped into [http://www.hdfgroup.org HDF5] files (ending with .h5).
 
Processing of [https://www.dectris.com/EIGER_X_Features.html Eiger] data is different from processing of conventional data, because the frames are wrapped into [http://www.hdfgroup.org HDF5] files (ending with .h5).
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== General aspects ==
 
# It is advisable to use the most recent 64bit version of XDS (since version Oct 15, 2015 the 32bit versions are no longer distributed anyway). The idea of the new framecache in XDS is that RAM is used to save on I/O. To this end, XDS tries to store NUMBER_OF_IMAGES_IN_CACHE=DELPHI/OSCILLATION_RANGE images in memory. Each frame is stored as (number of pixels)*(4 bytes) which means 72 MB in case of the Eiger 16M. As an example: if DELPHI=20 and OSCILLATION_RANGE=0.05 your computer has to have 400*72MB = 29GB of memory (plus some more for the program and the operating system). If it has not, the fallback is to the old behaviour of reading each frame three times.
 
# It is advisable to use the most recent 64bit version of XDS (since version Oct 15, 2015 the 32bit versions are no longer distributed anyway). The idea of the new framecache in XDS is that RAM is used to save on I/O. To this end, XDS tries to store NUMBER_OF_IMAGES_IN_CACHE=DELPHI/OSCILLATION_RANGE images in memory. Each frame is stored as (number of pixels)*(4 bytes) which means 72 MB in case of the Eiger 16M. As an example: if DELPHI=20 and OSCILLATION_RANGE=0.05 your computer has to have 400*72MB = 29GB of memory (plus some more for the program and the operating system). If it has not, the fallback is to the old behaviour of reading each frame three times.
 
# Dectris provides [https://www.dectris.com/news.html?page=2 H5ToXds] (Linux only!) which is needed by XDS. H5ToXds should be copied to e.g. /usr/local/bin/H5ToXds.bin - note the .bin filename extension! As an alternative, one could use GlobalPhasing's hdf2mini-cbf program or, from http://www.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/harry/imosflm/ver721/downloads, the miniCBF-OSX or miniCBF-Linux program.
 
# Dectris provides [https://www.dectris.com/news.html?page=2 H5ToXds] (Linux only!) which is needed by XDS. H5ToXds should be copied to e.g. /usr/local/bin/H5ToXds.bin - note the .bin filename extension! As an alternative, one could use GlobalPhasing's hdf2mini-cbf program or, from http://www.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/harry/imosflm/ver721/downloads, the miniCBF-OSX or miniCBF-Linux program.
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With program versions as of 2016-03-10, miniCBF is practically as fast as H5ToXds binary; hdf2mini-cbf is somewhat slower.
 
With program versions as of 2016-03-10, miniCBF is practically as fast as H5ToXds binary; hdf2mini-cbf is somewhat slower.
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== Troubleshooting ==
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* make sure that master.h5 and the corresponding data.h5 files remain together as collected, and '''don't rename the data.h5 files''' - they are referred to from master.h5.  If you change the names of the data.h5 files or copy them somewhere else, that link is broken unless you fix master.h5. 
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* the programs get a lot of testing on RHEL/CentOS/RHEL/SL. To test if the conversion program work (e.g. on uncommon distros like Mint), run it outside XDS, e.g. <pre> H5ToXds master.h5 1:100 out.cbf </pre> If this creates CBF-compressed files for the first 100 images of your dataset, all is good.
    
== A script for faster XDS processing of Eiger data ==
 
== A script for faster XDS processing of Eiger data ==
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