21-25 May 2012
New York City, NY, USA
US/Eastern timezone

iSpy: a powerful and lightweight event display

24 May 2012, 13:30
4h 45m
Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor) (Kimmel Center)

Rosenthal Pavilion (10th floor)

Kimmel Center

Poster Event Processing (track 2) Poster Session


Dr Thomas Mc Cauley (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US))


iSpy is a general-purpose event data and detector visualization program that was developed as an event display for the CMS experiment at the LHC and has seen use by the general public and teachers and students in the context of education and outreach. Central to the iSpy design philosophy is ease of installation, use, and extensibility. The application itself uses the open-access packages Qt4 and Open Inventor and is distributed either as a fully-bound executable or a standard installer package: one can simply download and double-click to begin. Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows are supported. iSpy renders the standard 2D, 3D, and tabular views, and the architecture allows for a generic approach to production of new views and projections. iSpy reads and displays data in the ig format: event information is written in compressed JSON format files designed for distribution over a network. This format is easily extensible and makes the iSpy client indifferent to the original input data source. The ig format is the one used for release of approved CMS data to the public.

Primary author

Dr Thomas Mc Cauley (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US))


George Alverson (Northeastern University (US)) Mr Giulio Eulisse (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US)) Lucas Taylor (Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US))

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