Oct 10 – 14, 2016
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
America/Los_Angeles timezone

The new ATLAS Fast Calorimeter Simulation

Oct 11, 2016, 3:15 PM
GG C1 (San Francisco Mariott Marquis)


San Francisco Mariott Marquis

Oral Track 2: Offline Computing Track 2: Offline Computing


Jana Schaarschmidt (Weizmann Institute of Science (IL))


Many physics and performance studies with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider require very large samples of simulated events, and producing these using the full GEANT4 detector simulation is highly CPU intensive.
Often, a very detailed detector simulation is not needed, and in these cases fast simulation tools can be used
to reduce the calorimeter simulation time by a few orders of magnitude.
The new ATLAS Fast Calorimeter Simulation (FastCaloSim) is an improved parametrisation compared to the one used in the LHC Run-1.
It provides a simulation of the particle energy response at the calorimeter read-out cell level, taking into account
the detailed particle shower shapes and the correlations between the energy depositions in the various calorimeter layers.
It is interfaced to the standard ATLAS digitization and reconstruction software, and can be tuned to data more easily
than with GEANT4. The new FastCaloSim incorporates developments in geometry and physics lists of the last five years
and benefits from knowledge acquired with the Run-1 data. It makes use of statistical techniques such as principal component
analysis, and a neural network parametrisation to optimise the amount of information to store in the ATLAS simulation
infrastructure. It is planned to use this new FastCaloSim parameterization to simulate several billion events
in the upcoming LHC runs.
In this talk, we will describe this new FastCaloSim parametrisation.

Primary Keyword (Mandatory) Simulation
Secondary Keyword (Optional) Artificial intelligence/Machine learning

Primary author

Jana Schaarschmidt (Weizmann Institute of Science (IL))

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