SFT is participating in the Scientific Computing Work Package (WP8) of the EPLANET project. The main objective of EPLANET is to create and reinforce networks for joint research projects and for high-level training of personnel both in European and other Latin-American Institutes/universities. Another aim is to improve internal Latin-American collaboration by following examples of successful collaboration that we enjoy in Europe.
Trip Dates: 15 – 30 Nov 2015
The purpose of our visit to Brazil was to provide a modern course on Statistics and Data Analysis in the context of high-energy physics to students and faculty of Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Rio Federal State University (UFRJ) and State University of the Amazonas (UEA).
Organization: Yara Coutinho, UFRJ faculty member and member of ATLAS collaboration, and Alberto Santoro, head of UERJ CMS group, organized the course, taught by experts from CERN: Sergei Gleyzer and Lorenzo Moneta.
Gerardo Ganis and Lorenzo Moneta participated at the UNLP in Argentina. This secondment consisted in a collaboration with the Universitad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina.
This secondment consisted in a collaboration with two faculties of the UTFSM in Valparaiso: physics and computer science. In particular, our contacts were professor William Brooks for the former and professor Luis Salinas for the latter. The group led by prof. Brooks joined the ATLAS collaboration in 2007 contributing among other topics to the heavy ions research program of the experiment and administrating the UTFSM Tier-2 site. The group of professor Salinas focuses on computational methods in science and engineering as well as computational finance.
This E-Planet visit was hosted by the ALICE Brazilian group in the University of Sao Paolo (USP). The Brazilian group is engaged in ALICE physics analysis, while it also operates a Tier-2 centre of the Worldwide LHC Grid (WLCG). The group is keen to contribute to the future re-engineering of the ALICE code in a way that will exploit parallelism.To support these activities, the SFT group prepared a dedicated series of lectures introducting the “many-core era” of processor design, teaching the basic tools of parallel programming and disucssing various approaches to this type of programming.