Developer Notes

Internal Design

Managing Measurement Device Configuration

UI --- TargetState json ---> Analyser --- reactor --- TargetState json ---> Device
  • Measurement devices are configurable with respect to sample rate, sensitivity and which sensors are active.
  • This configuration is held by instances of the TargetState class and which is accessible via the singleton TargetStateProvider.

UI -> Analyser

Updates arrive via the /devices endpoint which accepts PATCHes to 1-n attributes, for example

    "fs": 400,
    "accelerometerEnabled": false

will set the target fs to 400 and disable the accelerometer.

Analyser -> Recorder

When the UI updates the target state, the /devices handler merges the incoming json with the existing target state and passes a REACH_TARGET_STATE request to the (single threaded) reactor for each registered device.

This request compares the target state against the current known state of the device and issues a PATCH request, using the same TargetState class marshalled to json, to the device URL if a change is required AND the device is in an INITIALISED state.

Device Registration

Devices are responsible for registering with the analyser via the /devices/<deviceId> endpoint. The payload is a json marshalled using recordingDeviceFields from the underlying Accelerometer instance. The device “pings” this payload to the analyser every x seconds.

On receipt of this payload, a target state update is triggered by the analyser to ensure newly connected recorders are shifted from their default state to the current system state.

Making Measurements

UI --- json ---> analyser --- json ---> device

UI -> Analyser

Measurements are scheduled by the UI using the /measurements/<measurementId> endpoint. This accepts a json payload such as:

    "duration": 10,
    "delay": 1,
    "description": "yet another calibration"

which directs the system to schedule a new measurement using the current target state configuration. This converts the given arguments into an absolute time to allow each recording device to start at the scheduled time (NB: assumes devices are synchronized using NTP or similar for good results).

Analyser -> Recorder

The analyser schedules a measurement using a PUT to the /devices/<deviceId>/measurements/<measurementId> endpoint. This accepts a json payload similar to that sent UI -> Analyser

    "duration": 10,
    "at": 20170115_120114

The recorder creates a ScheduledMeasurement in response and schedules it for execution at the given time. It maintains this with a corresponding ScheduledMeasurementStatus along with the time the state transition occurred.

This data is accessible via a GET to the /devices/<deviceId>/measurements/<measurementId> endpoint.

Recorder -> Analyser

When a recording starts, the recorder issues a PUT to the /measurements/<measurementId>/<deviceName> endpoint to signal that the analyser should prepare to record the data.

Once a recording starts, the recorder bundles data into batch size packets (as per the samplesPerBatch attribute from the TargetState) and sends them in json format to the /measurements/<measurementId>/<deviceName>/data endpoint.

On successful completion, the recorder issues a PUT to the /measurements/<measurementId>/<deviceName>/complete endpoint.

Alternatively if the recording fails for any reason, a PUT is issued to the /measurements/<measurementId>/<deviceName>/fail endpoint.

Handling Data

The analyser stores data in the directory structure:


metadata.json contains the data from RecordedMeasurement which covers a description of the data along with the device state.

data.out contains the data in csv format

stats.json contains execution statistics from the device.

Data Analysis