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Ensuring Simulation Quality in the LHCb experiment

May 9, 2023, 5:45 PM
Chesapeake Meeting Room (Norfolk Waterside Marriott)

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Oral Track 5 - Sustainable and Collaborative Software Engineering Track 5 - Sustainable and Collaborative Software Engineering


Couturier, Benjamin (CERN)


Monte Carlo simulations are a key tool for the physics program of High Energy Experiments. Their accuracy and reliability is of the utmost importance. A full suite of verifications is in place for the LHCb Simulation software to ensure the quality of the simulated samples produced.
In this contribution we will give a short overview of the procedure and the tests in place, that exploits the LHCb software testing infrastructure. First level verifications are performed as soon as new software is submitted for integration in the LHCb GitLab repository. The first step consists of Continous Integration (CI) tests and so called ‘nightly tests’ performed to verify the integrity of the software with short jobs run every night. Next, in-depth performance and regression tests are carried out with the LHCbPR dedicated infrastructure. Samples of O(1000) events are generated and plots of a wide spectrum of physics observables are compared to references. Trends of performance metrics are also produced. The most recent and final step is performed after the software is deployed for production. By verifying distributions of key quantities for all simulation productions on a fraction of the events, we ensure that the output is as expected before the full samples are produced.
Simulation Data Quality shifters verify the outcome of all steps in the verification chain, and alert experts of anomalies and unexpected changes.

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Primary authors

Lu, Qiuchan (South China Normal University) Morris, Adam (CERN) Popov, Dmitry (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) Corti, Gloria (CERN) Davis, Adam (University of Manchester) Derkach, Denis (HSE University) Gadeev, Evgenii (National Research University Higher School of Economics) Dr Kreps, Michal (University of Warwick)


Mitchell, Francis (University of Manchester) Couturier, Benjamin (CERN)

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