April 26, 2012
The committee is asked to review the state of software and computing developments for the 12 GeV program at Jefferson Lab, with particular emphasis upon
- Detector simulation, calibration, and event analysis
- Workflow tools for production analysis
The committee is asked to address the following questions:
Software and Analysis
- What is the state of simulation, data acquisition, calibration and analysis software, including usability and readiness from a user’s perspective? Are the software plans complete, and is the scope appropriate?
- Is there adequate progress in software maturity, and is there a defined set of goals leading towards full readiness ahead of production running?
- To what extent will software tools and components common across the halls and/or with the wider HE/NP communities be utilized? Are efforts towards commonality being made?
- Have milestones been identified, and an appropriate set of tests been incorporated into the milestones, to measure progress towards final production running?
- Have the collaborations identified effective and appropriate mechanisms to support utilization of the software by the entire collaboration ?
- Are the current management structures and processes well-matched to the needs of the collaborations (including users)?
- Are there appropriate contingency and risk-management processes in place? Have risks been appropriately identified?
- Are there adequate plans for transitioning from a development phase into a deployment and operations phase?
- Have the required resources been correctly assessed. Are the assumptions of resource requirements well justified? Have the resources been identified? Is the proposed schedule for implementation reasonable?
Computing and Networking
- Are the requirements for computing and networking well stated and well justified?
- Are the computing and networking plans of the laboratory well matched to the requirements, are they cost effective, and are budgets appropriate for these plans?