April 10, 2007 Software

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  1. Review minutes from March 20, 2007 Software meeting
  2. BCAL timing (Blake L.)
  3. CLAS12 GEANT4 hit scheme (Mark I.)
  4. Document for CD-2 (Alex D.)


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Attendees: David L.(chair), Simon T., Elton S., Elke A., Mark I., Eugene C.

On phone/vidcon: Richard J., Blake L., Mijhalo K., Matt S., Alex D.

BCAL Timing

Blake gave an update on the status of the BCAL timing resolution as measured during the beam test last fall. The timing is measured realtive to the photon tagger. There were two issues that caused problems when trying to compare the times of the tagger and the BCAL:

  1. A difference in conventions was used for the BCAL than for the tagger when subtracting off the TDC reference times. This caused some confusion since it meant one needed to add the times instead of subtracting them in order to get a time difference.
  2. A bug in the BCAL TDC code caused the wrong reference time to be used for many events

Blake reported a timing resolution of around 153ps after subtracting off the tagger contribution.

For the most up-to-date details on Blake's analysis, see his BCal Timing Resolution Note.

CLAS12 GEANT4 hit scheme

Mark reported on the GEANT4 hit scheme being developed by CLAS12. This is an extension of HDDS to make it easier to specify the readout scheme inside the XML where the detectors are defined. The work was started by Jorn Langenreich, but he is no longer available so Mark has picked it up.

Mark discussed the non-standard GEANT4 hit scheme with some of the GEANT4 authors who were in town a few weeks ago as a follow up to the GEANT4 Tutorial held in May 2006. They did not raise any concerns over this approach.

There was some discussion over how much work it will take to get this working as opposed to how much it will ultimately save. The current thought is that Jorn has done most of the design work and much of the implementation already. Since the project is general, it might also save time on fast prototyping of new projects.

See Mark's slides for more details.

Document for CD-2

Alex led a discussion on the scope of the document that will be produced to summarize the developments in software since the Lehman review last year. The first issue was to decide on the scope of the document. It was agreed that what is needed is a summary of all progress in simulation and analysis software since CD-1 (summer 2005). A review of the GlueX-docs will need to be made for time period from then to now to create an initial list of areas where progress has been made.

We also need to decide exactly what needs to be done next so we can start seeing how the overall design affects the physics goals. There may be time to do some parametric simulation studies using input from resolutions obtained from the full GEANT simulation, but the reconstruction is not quite at the stage where it can be used on high-multiplicity final states.

It was decided that the next software meeting would focus on discussing preparations for CD-2. Alex, Elton, and Elke will look over the CD-1 recommendations and present a proposal for how to proceed (i.e. job assignments and goals).

Action Items

There were no action items discussed.