10-14 October 2016
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
America/Los_Angeles timezone

Event visualisation in ATLAS: current software technologies / future prospects and trends

13 Oct 2016, 11:30
GG A+B (San Francisco Mariott Marquis)


San Francisco Mariott Marquis

Oral Track 5: Software Development Track 5: Software Development


Riccardo Maria Bianchi (University of Pittsburgh (US))


At the beginning, HEP experiments made use of photographical images both to record and store experimental data and to illustrate their findings. Then the experiments evolved and needed to find ways to visualize their data. With the availability of computer graphics, software packages to display event data and the detector geometry started to be developed. Here a brief history of event displays is presented, with an overview of the different event display tools used today in HEP experiments in general, and in the LHC experiments in particular.

Then the case of the ATLAS experiment is considered in more detail and two widely used event display packages are presented, Atlantis and VP1, focusing on the software technologies they employ, as well as their strengths, differences and their usage in the experiment: from physics analysis to detector development, and from online monitoring to outreach and communication.

Future development plans and improvements in the ATLAS event display packages will also be discussed, as well as an outlook on interesting technologies for future event display tools for HEP: from web-based interactive visualizations to the usage of game engines.

Tertiary Keyword (Optional) Data processing workflows and frameworks/pipelines
Secondary Keyword (Optional) Software development process and tools
Primary Keyword (Mandatory) Visualization

Primary author

Riccardo Maria Bianchi (University of Pittsburgh (US))


Alex Christopher Martyniuk (University College London) Benedict Martin Waugh (University College London (UK)) David Yallup (University of London (GB)) Edward Moyse (University of Massachusetts (US)) Joseph Boudreau (University of Pittsburgh) Juergen Thomas (University of Birmingham (GB)) Nikos Konstantinidis (University College London (UK))

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