HSF Weekly Meeting #195, 22 October 2020

Present/Contributors: Riccardo Maria Bianchi, Serhan Mete, Attila Krasznahorkay, Agnieszka Dziurda, Benedikt Hegner, Pere Mato, Kyle Knoepfel, Efe Yazgan, Caterina Doglioni, Ben Morgan, Allison Hall, Witek Pokorski, Liz Sexton-Kennedy

Apologies: Graeme Stewart, Eduardo Rodrigues, Andrea Valassi

News, general matters, announcements

C++ Course

Feedback on C++ course held last week


Profiles/”floating heads”

Working Group Updates

Data Analysis

Detector Simulation

Reconstruction and Software Triggers

Software Tools and Packaging

Software Training

Event generators


Other Interest and Activity Areas

Quantum Computing

Riccardo: In the past months, since Fall 2019, I was in contact with Federico Carminati and Openlab to organize a new QC workshops with vendors to be hosted in Spring 2020, but in early 2020 the organization of the workshop was obviously canceled because of the COVID emergency.

In the meanwhile, the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative (QTI) was shaped by Openlab and the CERN Management and funded. As you know, the new QTI program has recently started (1) and it is now in a brainstorming phase, where ideas about potential projects and activities for the next few years are presented, evaluated, and discussed. Projects will/would cover topics in four key areas:

I have been invited by Alberto Di Meglio (Openlab Head) to join the brainstorming phase, to give my personal contribution and to present the one from the HSF QC Interest Group. This is the occasion to restart the activities of the dormant QC Group and to foster interest in potential projects for the near-future term.

For that, I have sent a call for ideas to the QC Group, which you can find at (2). I’ll then collect all the ideas and present them as the HSF QC input at one of the next brainstorming meetings.

  1. https://home.cern/news/news/computing/cern-meets-quantum-technology
  2. https://groups.google.com/g/hsf-quantumcomputing-wg/c/QXGB_349RbI


There have been activities to develop new tools and explore new approaches within the experiments, with some cross-experiment activities. For example on the Phoenix web-based visualization framework, which was started in ATLAS and recently got contributions from LHCb and CMS as well.

It’s now time to revamp the activities of the Visualization group, to share experiences, foster interest, and plan common development. The idea is to schedule a meeting soon. A doodle will be sent to the list next week. More news on this in one of the next meetings.


HSF-WLCG Virtual November Workshop

Workshop dates fixed 19, 20, 23, 24 November (pm CET).

Indico: https://indico.cern.ch/event/941278/.

Registration open 52 people signed up so far - please sign up yourself.

Good advertising so far: HSF, Belle II, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, ALICE (asked), DUNE (asked), Geant4, HSF website update in PR…

But please help broadcast to other communities as well.


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