Enrico Bothmann (II. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Goettingen)
The determination of theoretical error estimates and PDF/$\alpha_s$-fits require fast evaluations of differential cross sections for varied QCD input parameters. These include PDFs, the strong coupling constant $\alpha_S$ and the renormalization and factorization scales. Beyond leading order QCD, a full dedicated calculation for each set of parameters is often too time-consuming, certainly when performing PDF-fits. In this talk we discuss two methods to overcome this issue for any QCD NLO calculation: The novel event-reweighting feature in Sherpa and the automated generation of interpolation grids using the recently introduced MCgrid interface. For MCgrid we present the newly added support for fastNLO tables and highlight some future developments.