14-18 October 2013
Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

The ATLAS Data Management Software Engineering Process

17 Oct 2013, 13:30
Effectenbeurszaal (Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage)


Amsterdam, Beurs van Berlage

Oral presentation to parallel session Software Engineering, Parallelism & Multi-Core Software Engineering, Parallelism & Multi-Core


Mario Lassnig (CERN)


Rucio is the next-generation data management system supporting ATLAS physics workflows in the coming decade. The software engineering process to develop Rucio is fundamentally different to existing software development approaches in the ATLAS distributed computing community. Based on a conceptual design document, development takes place using peer-reviewed code in a test-driven environment, where nothing enters production if it has not been approved by at least one other engineer. The main objectives are to ensure that every engineer understands the details of the full project, even components usually not touched by them, that the design and architecture are coherent, that temporary contributors can be productive without delay, that programming mistakes are prevented before being committed to the source code, and that the source is always in a fully functioning state. This contribution will illustrate the workflows and products used, and demonstrate the typical development cycle of a component from inception to deployment within this software engineering process. Next to the technological advantages, this contribution will also highlight the social aspects and implications of an environment where every action by an engineer is subject to scrutiny from colleagues.

Primary author


Angelos Molfetas (University of Sydney (AU)) Armin Nairz (CERN) Cedric Serfon (CERN) Graeme Andrew Stewart (CERN) Dr Luc Goossens (CERN) Martin Barisits (CERN) Ralph Vigne (University of Vienna (AT)) Thomas Beermann (Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal (DE)) Vincent Garonne (CERN)

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