HSF Startup Team meeting notes, Dec 22 2014

Present: Torre, Michel, Pere, Liz, Peter, and our special guest Richard

Apologies: Andrea, Dario, Daniel, Graeme

Meeting notes:

News on contacts made, discussions had, contact meeting plans, …

Regarding a meeting at CHEP we agreed that we will ask for a Friday afternoon slot, it is compatible with people making long haul journeys homw to catch evening flights to Tokyo. ** Torre will follow up with Hiroshi. Will ask for mention of our meeting in the next CHEP bulletin.

Pere - only one person subscribed to the doodle poll for a generator meeting.

Met with Frank Krause (Sherpa, HepForge). Pere’s mail had triggered some discussion. Some skepticism, they’re unsure what we’re really trying to do. Didn’t get a clear idea from web pages and white papers. Good synchrony in the discussion. Community could be interested in a software validation system: validating on different architectures, versions, etc. Would require real effort and material resources. He will look for a US west coast person to participate in the workshop

Had a further LHCb discussion. Someone will be at the workshop in person, not decided who yet. Discussed expectations for the workshop.

Torre - asked ATLAS S&C management about arranging a meeting prior to the workshop.

Having an exchange with SLAC astro (LSST) folks Tony Johnson, Richard DuBois about arranging a meeting. Interested in meeting prior to the workshop. Richard: “Are you aware of the ADASS conference series? They’re CHEP-like for astro computing. It might be interesting for the two communities to introduce each other. Both have conferences this year:


** Indeed looks very interesting, we should connect with them.

Encouraged PNNL/Belle II involvement in the workshop while at PNNL for a review. They will participate (one person already signed up). Doing very interesting work on conditions database, a next-generation system based on web proxies in front of a DB, drawing on the CMS and ATLAS experience (Frontier). Good candidate for a talk.

Liz - Not much response on the IF meeting. Will take more beating of the bushes.

Michel and Dario sent summaries of further contact discussions to the list.

SLAC workshop

Torre - thanks to the SLAC folks for arranging auto updates of the attendee list. About 49 people are registered at the moment.

** We should specifically ask people to tell us if they plan to participate remotely. There may be a fair number, it is a high threshold to actually come to the workshop.

Richard - should be OK for vidyo. Room has two A/V setups. Vidyo a bit out of the ordinary, will make sure it’s installed and working before the meeting. Should be well miked.

** Richard will volunteer a vidyo-aware person who is at SLAC the week before to prep for vidyo.

Michel - could do a vidyo trial run after the holidays.

We discussed various aspects of the agenda and talks:

Various possible meetings/discussions for Thu 22nd beyond the post-mortem:

Funding agency attendance plans: US DOE and US NSF have unconfirmed plans to attend. Should make clear to non-US funding agency people that remote attendance is an option.

Briefly discussed the various interactions with DAQ/online folks people have had. Agreed that while we don’t have the startup manpower to make DAQ/online a focus, DAQ/online is certainly under the umbrella of areas relevant HSF, and we welcome early involvement via proactive people in the DAQ/online community engaging with HSF.


No meeting next week. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! We will interact by email until we meet on Jan 5 to organize ourselves for the Jan 7 IFB meeting.