Present: Graeme Stewart, Attila Krasznahorkay, Krzysztof Genser, Efe Yazgan, Stefan Roiser, Sudhir Malik, Liz Sexton-Kennedy, Ben Morgan, Mason Proffitt, Nicola Skidmore, Paul Laycock, Teng Jian Khoo
Apologies: Kyle Knoepfel, Serhan Mete, Eduardo Rodrigues
News, general matters, announcements
HL-LHC Review Phase 2
We now have the first version of most documents:
Please take a look and comment if you can! Ideally in the next month, certainly by the end of August.
DUNE Framework Requirements Review
The HSF findings were submitted to DUNE on 12 July. A separate appendix was submitted on 19 July; it contains some experiences of framework migrations undertaken by HEP experiments in the last 5-10 years. No follow-up with DUNE is planned at this time. DUNE has expressed its appreciation of the HSF assisting in their framework deliberations.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this review, particularly the panelists.
UK PPTAP Workshop
UK Particle Physics Technology Advisory Panel had a workshop on software and computing this week (organised by Tim Scanlon, UCL and Neil Chue Hong, Edinburgh). Aim was to gather input for a UK Particle Physics Roadmap.
Graeme gave a talk on the international funding situation.
Take away messages:
- Software and Computing is considered critical by the UK, so forms part of their overall strategic roadmap for HEP
- UK has a lot of expertise in software and computing, much software expertise conentrated in the experiements
- Common areas for software and computing, both in HEP and possibly more widely, are felt to be a good match for UKRI/STFC funding
- Paticularly for funding routes that are not tensioned against physics, meaning they have to be general and match UK PLC aims (like developing skills for people moving to industry)
- There is specific concern that software expertise is lacking / unavailable for smaller experiments
- I pointed to the availability of Key4hep as one way to help resolve this
- Research Software Engineers (RSEs) / Research Software Professionals (RSPs) can be seen to have a big impact (RSPs encompass other roles, such as training or systems analysis)
- The details of how to best use this effort to grow competence and establish any needed domain knowledge are still being worked out; local conditions probably mean there is no one-size-fits all (university/faculty/department based)
- This has ameliorated the career path for people wishing to specialise in software (no longer just fixed-term contracts)
- No particular appetite for a general rewrite of Roadmap/CWP - feeling that what we produced, plus the HL-LHC inputs are still relevant
- Some specific insight from the current ECFA Roadmap process is that is was not felt that software and computing needed another roadmap/CWP
- Instead the roadmap is clear, but what is needed is further investment
- I and others asked that ECFA make this position clear, to avoid the impression that S&C is considered an afterthought or unimportant
Neil and Tim will be drafting a document with the workshop’s conclusions as a first input to the UK technology roadmap.
Working Group Updates
- Wrapping up Metadata summary comments - many thanks to those who contributed
- Taking a break from meetings over the summer. To restart in September
- Still potential for another meeting in the “Analysis software in the wider HEP/nuclear community” series
- BES III still anticipated, some other EIC voices want to participate
- In a summer break; scheduling meetings for fall
- Workshop was very successful! Survey just went out today and a full report will happen in September.
Software Carpentry (Virtual) Training
- Preparing for the Software Carpentry (Virtual) 25-27 August 2021. Announc regsitartion soon. Waiting for Carpentries to confirm their tutors. The HEP-part tutors are decided. A draft agenda is here: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1058873/
HSF Training Hackathon on C++
HEP C++ Course
- All 75 places for the forthcoming course 30 Aug - 3 Sep have been filled. Another 76 people currently on the waiting list.
- Fantastic 18 mentors volunteered to help with the hands-on sessions. Many thanks to all!!!
- Collecting and implementing comments for the HL-LHC rev2 generator document.
- No update other than the DUNE review.
HSF Domain Name
Ticket still open, no recent movement.
SIDIS COST Proposal
We are currently working on a funding proposal (EU COST) in the context of the “Software Institute for Data Intensive Sciences”, aiming to bridge the gab between computer scientists and natural science software engineers. The “grand theme” of the proposal will be around the topic of “software sustainability”.
For a success proposal it is useful to include participants also from “inclusive target” countries (mostly eastern European countries). In case you have contacts in this direction pls get in contact with Graeme or Stefan.
As usual we cancel the meetings in August for a summer break. Next meeting will then be 2 September.