November 2019 Offline Leads Meeting Notes

The November 2019 LArSoft Offline Leads status update was handled via email and a google document. Past meeting notes are available at: 

LArSoft – Erica Snider

Presented the draft 2020 work plan to SCD management on Nov 7. The presentation noted that the work plan calls for 2 to 3 FTEs of development effort, depending primarily on the effort devoted to multi-threading the code, and the amount of work that the project needs to devote to toward various work items to which the experiments can contribute. The project has about 2 FTEs in the budget. No significant concerns were raised by management.

Testing of using LArSoft with GitHub and the pull request approval workflow has been opened to testing by the experiments. All experiment offline leads and release managers are encouraged to exercise the system, and send comments to the SciSoft team (at Instructions for using the system can be found on the LArSoft wiki under the “Working with GitHub” page (also linked from the “Quick Links”, Using LArSoft”, and “Developing with LArSoft” pages.) Any changes made to the repositories during testing will be deleted prior to the production migration. The current plan is to leave testing open for at least two weeks, but to complete the production migration in early December. 

DUNE – Andrew John Norman, Heidi Schellman, Tingjun Yang, Michael Kirby

ProtoDUNE developed a new way to handle raw digits in order to save memory usage. Tom Junk created a tool that decodes protoDUNE raw data and returns it to the caller in the form of vector<raw::RawDigit>. David Adams modified protoDUNE dataprep to use this tool instead of reading digits from the event data store. Other larsoft modules (such as GausHitFinder and various disambiguation algorithms) are modified accordingly to remove hit and raw digit associations. After all the changes, we see a ~10% reduction in memory usage in ProtoDUNE reconstruction job. This new tool allows us to decode raw data one APA at a time and drop raw digits once recob::Wires are made after deconvolution and is applicable to the DUNE far detector where there are 150 APAs per module. More details can be found in #23177.

DUNE made a patch release v08_27_01_01 with the help of Lynn Garren. This release includes artdaq_core bug fixes and a feature to limit tensorflow to only use one CPU to be more grid friendly. The dunetpc v08_27_01_01 is the current release for ProtoDUNE-SP keep-up production. 

A new package protoduneana is created. This new package depends on dunetpc and only contains ProtoDUNE analysis code. It is meant to speed up compiling time for people doing analysis. 

We are meeting regularly with Erica Snider, Saba Sehrish, and Kyle Knoepfel regarding a project to make the data preparation stages thread safe in order to improve our CPU utilization.

ICARUS – Daniele Gibin, Tracy Usher

No Report

LArIAT – Jonathan Asaadi

No Report

MicroBooNE – Herbert Greenlee, Tracy Usher

No Report

SBND – Roxanne Guenette, Andrzej Szelc

No Report