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Simulation Files for PWGLF/FORWARD Production

Christian Holm Christensen cholm.nosp@m.@nbi.nosp@m..dk

Introduction

The files in this archive represents a generic approach to running AliROOT based simulations. The idea is that the user/committer only specifies the run number for which an anchor run is needed, and possibly an event generator.

Considerations

The shell and ROOT scripts, JDLs, and so on are based on previous "official" production files, but with some differences. The main difference comes about because we want to automatically configure the simulation based on the relevant GRP OCDB entry as possible.

To that end, I created the ROOT script GRP.C which will query the OCDB for GRP for a specified run. In this way, we can get the beam species, energy, and center of mass energy simply by passing a run number. We can also select a default event generator based on these settings.

  • For pp, the default generator is Pythia6
  • For PbPb, the default generator is Hijing
  • For pPb/Pbp, the default generator is DpmJet

However, since all steps need to have access to the GRP data, it means that all steering scripts must load GRP.C, and hence we can at no point use any of previously used scripts.

Setting up a simulation

The idea of these scripts are that we only change things in one well-defined place, and that the scripts react to JDL parameters so that we can re-use the scripts (and settings) for many kinds of simulation passes.

Configuring which detectors to include

Create a class called DetCfg deriving from VirtualDetCfg and have it return true/false for the detectors you want to have on/off. The class must be declared in DetConfig.C and the function DetConfig() must set the global object pointer detCfg to point to a new instance of the class DetCfg.

The script DetConfig.C is executed by both Simulate.C and Reconstruct.C to get the list of enabled detectors. The script is also executed by AOD.C and QA.C to ensure that we do not add tasks for which we have no data because the needed detectors was turned off.

Configuring OCDB specific storage locations

Create a class called OCDBCfg deriving from VirtualOCDBCfg and put it in the script OCDBConfig.C. The function OCDBConfig must set the global object pointer ocdbCfg to point to a new instance of the class OCDBCfg.

The script OCDBConfig.C is executed by both Simulate.C and Reconstruct.C to set the list of specific storage locations.

One can override VirtualOCDBCfg::Prefix() to return the default prefix for specific storage locations. The member function VirtualOCDBCfg::Init(bool forSim) must declare all specific storage locations. The parameter forSim is true when executed from Simulate.C and false when executed from Reconstruct.C

Configuring the QA tasks

Create the class QACfg deriving from VirtualQACfg, and override member functions from VirtualQACfg to enable/disable specific QA tasks and options. Put the class QACfg in the script QAConfig.C. The function QAConfig must set the global object pointer qaCfg to point to a new instance of the class QACfg.

The script QAConfig.C is executed by QA.C to set which tasks and features to include.

Configuring the AOD tasks

Create the class AODCfg deriving from VirtualAODCfg, and override member functions from VirtualAODCfg to enable/disable specific AOD tasks and options. Put the class AODCfg in the script AODConfig.C. The function AODConfig must set the global object pointer aodCfg to point to a new instance of the class AODCfg.

The script AODConfig.C is executed by AOD.C to set which tasks and features to include.

The files

  • run.sh: main steering executable (same as /alice/bin/aliroot_new)
  • AOD.C: AOD Filter train set-up. Derived from AODtrainsim.C but modified to automatically get GRP parameters from OCDB using the script GRP.C and set-up the train accordingly. Also, selection of which tasks to include is done through the script AODConfig.C. That means this script should never be modified by the user.
  • AODConfig.C: Read by AOD.C to configure which tasks to include in the train.
  • Check.C: Perform ESD check. Derived from CheckESD.C.
  • Config.C: Simulation configuration script. Uses GRP.C to automatically load the proper parameters for the Anchor run.
  • DetConfig.C: Configuration script that sets which detectors to turn on. This is used by all passes to ensure consistency.
  • Final.jdl.in: Skeleton for final merging JDL. This is used for both QA and AOD filtering.
  • GRP.C: Script that defines the global variable grp which is filled with values from the appropriate OCDB GRP entry for the selected run. This is used in AOD.C, Config.C, QA.C, Reconstruct.C, and Simulate.C.
  • LHC10hPS.C: Special Physics Selection set-up for LHC10h due to missing ZDC information to the trigger. Not needed as far as I can tell.
  • Merge.jdl.in: Skeleton for intermediate merging JDL. This is used for both QA and AOD filtering.
  • OCDBConfig.C: Set-up specific storage locations for simulation and reconstruction. It defines the global object ocdbCfg which is used in the Simulate.C and Reconstruct.C scripts.
  • QA.C: QA train set-up. Derived from QAtrainsim.C but modified to automatically get GRP parameters from OCDB using the script GRP.C and set-up the train accordingly. Also, selection of which tasks to include is done through the script QAConfig.C. That means this script should never be modified by the user.
  • QAConfig.C: Read by QA.C to configure which tasks to include in the train.
  • Reconstruct.C: Reconstruction steering script. Derived from rec.C but modified to automatically get GRP parameters from OCDB using the script GRP.C and set-up the job accordingly.
  • Run.jdl.in: Skeleton for initial stage running.
  • simrun.sh: Simulation shell script. Derived from basic simrun.sh but adapted to the files here, allows passing the number of events per job, pass the run number to relevant scripts, ignores meaningless options.
  • Simulate.C: Simulation steering script. Derived from sim.C but modified to automatically get GRP parameters from OCDB using the script GRP.C and set-up the job accordingly.
  • Tag.C: Tag ESD files.
  • merge.sh: Shell script to steer merging jobs. Used by both QA and AOD filtering. This is based on /alice/bin/train_merge.sh but modified to call either the QA or AOD train merging.

The shell script doit.sh is the omnipotent script that steers all parts of the simulation.

Usage of doit.sh

Usage: ./doit.sh [OPTIONS]

Options:
  -h,--help        This help
  -t,--tag     TAG   Job tag (pp)
  -i,--id      NAME  Name of production 
  -R,--run     RUN_NO  Run number 
  -c,--copy        Copy files to AliEn
  -n,--jobs    JOBS  Set number of jobs[**] (2)
  -m,--events  EVENTS  Set events/job[**] (1)
  -s,--stage   STAGE   Set the stage[***] (0)
  -o,--output  DIR   Set base output directory[*] ($ALIEN_HOME/test)
  -d,--data    DIR     Set data directory ($ALIEN_HOME/mc)
  -b,--bin     DIR   Set base bin directory[*] ($ALIEN_HOME/bin)
  -a,--aliroot RELEASE Set AliROOT release [*] (v5-04-Rev-20)
  -r,--root    RELEASE Set ROOT release [*] ()
  -g,--geant   RELEASE Set GEANT3 release [*] ()

[*] Only make sense with option -c 
[**] Only make sense for stage 0
[***] If stage is set to 6, try to deduce the stage
      automatically. If less than zero, do not do anything but copy

Note, if the ROOT and GEANT release is not specified, it will be deduced from the AliROOT version.

  • Make JDLs and copy files to /alice/cern.ch/user/a/aliprod/PWGLFforwardMC, specifying that output should be based in /alice/sim/2014, and we should use AliROOT v5-05-Rev-11, but not submitting any jobs

    ./doit.sh -a v5-05-Rev-11 \ -d /alice/cern.ch/user/a/aliprod/PWGLFforwardMC \ -o /alice/sim/2014 \ -c \ -s -1

  • Submit 100 jobs each with 10 events for run 118506 with the same parameters as above, using PhoJet

    ./doit.sh -d /alice/cern.ch/user/a/aliprod/PWGLFforwardMC \ -i LHC14z9a -r 118506 -s 0 -n 100 -m 10 -g PhoJet

    Output will end up in /alice/sim/2014/LHC14z9a/118506

  • Submit merging jobs for the above production

    ./doit.sh -d /alice/cern.ch/user/a/aliprod/PWGLFforwardMC \ -i LHC14z9a -r 118506 -s 6

    Output will end up in /alice/sim/2014/LHC14z9a/118506/. Repeat this until we hit the final merging.

Config.C

The Config.C configuration script has been trimmed down considerably. The script is now very generic since most settings are derived from the GRP data.

EGConfig.C

When selecting the event generator, a more versatile and configurable approach has been taken. Config.C defines the class Setup with the constructor Setup::Setup(const char* genName). Here genName is passed verbatim from the Run.jdl JDL file. The string is then passed to method VirtualEGCfg::MakeGenerator which in turn calls the virtual VirtualEGCfg::CreateGenerator. This can be overwritten in a derived class to make particular event generators. The provided implementation in EGConfig.C (loaded by Config.C) internally has a switch on this string to find the chosen event generator. If no suitable generator can be found, the script will fail with a Fatal signal.

Generators are specified as

name[sub-type[sub-sub-type]]

where sub-type (and sub-sub-type) are optional. Currently defined event generators are (case insensitive)

  • pythia Pythia6 Min.Bias. Optional sub-types:
    • perugia0 Perugia0 tune. Optional sub-sub-types:
      • chadr Heavy flavour charm w/hadronic decay signals added
    • bchadr Heavy flavour beauty/charm w/hadronic decay signals added
    • cele Heavy flavour charm signals added
    • bele Heavy flavour beauty/charm signals added
    • jspi2e J/Psi to electrons signals added
    • btojspi2e Beauty to J/Psi to electrons signals added

D6T Rick Field's CDF Tune D6T

  • atlas Arthur Moraes' (new) ATLAS tune, possibly with sub-sub-type
    • _flat for flat multiplicity probability from 0 to 200

jets Jets in central barrel

  • hijing Hijing Min.Bias. For pPb and Pbp a cocktail with slow neutrons is made. Optional sub-types:
    • 2000 No quenching and hard pT cut at 2.3GeV. Possible sub-sub-types are:
      • hf Random heavy flavour signal added (see for pythia above).
  • ampt AMPT min bias. Possible sub types are:
    • hf Random heavy flavour signal added (see for pythia above).
  • dpmjet
  • phojet Same as dpmjet
  • hydjet

More generators can easily be added. The idea is to have a standard EGConfig.C which can be expanded upon, but if a user has very special requirements it is possible to provide ones own EGConfig.C script.

JDL Parameters

Run.jdl

  • run number: The run number
  • n jobs: Number of sub-jobs to commit
  • n events: Number of events per sub-job
  • tag: The tag to put in produced files under (e.g., LHC14z9a)
  • other: A colon (:) separated list of options and arguments for simrun.sh. These can include
    • bmin:LEAST_B The smallest impact parameter to make
    • bmax:LARGEST_B The largest impact parameter to make
    • process:EG_STRING The event generator to use. that is, to specify using DpmJet with an impact parameter range of 0 to 5fm, one must pass process:dpmjet:bmin:0:bmax:5

Merge.jdl

  • run number: The run number
  • stage: Stage number (1-4)
  • tag: The tag to put in produced files under (e.g., LHC14z9a)
  • what: What to merge: either AOD or QA

Final.jdl

  • run number: The run number
  • stage: Stage number (1-4)
  • tag: The tag to put in produced files under (e.g., LHC14z9a)
  • what: What to merge: either AOD or QA

JDL Skeleton Substitutions

  • _: The base of the output directory e.g., /alice/sim/2014/
  • _: The directory where scripts, etc. are stored e.g., /alice/cern.sh/user/a/aliprod/PWGLFforwardMC
  • _: AliROOT version to use e.g., v5-04-Rev-20
  • _: ROOT version to use e.g., v5-34-08-6
  • _: GEANT3 version to use e.g., v1-15a-1

ROOT Script Prototypes

AOD.C(UInt_t run, const char* xmlfile, Int_t stage)

  • run: The run number
  • xmlfile: Not used, compatibility with QA.C
  • stage: Running stage (0: production, otherwise merge)

QA.C(UInt_t run, const char* xmlfile, Int_t stage)

  • run: The run number
  • xmlfile: Current list of input files. Must not contain Stage for final merging.
  • stage: Running stage (0: production, otherwise merge)

GRP.C(UInt_t run)

  • run: The run number

Reconstruct.C(UInt_t run)

  • run: The run number

Simulate.C(UInt_t run, Int_t nev)

  • run: The run number
  • nev: Number of events per sub-job

Shell Script Arguments

run.sh

All arguments are passed on to other script e.g., simrun.sh

simrun.sh

  • _–run_ RUN: The Run number
  • _–event_ INTEGER: Number of events per sub-job
  • _–process_ LABEL: The Event Generator to use. If not specified or equal to default then select default EG based on collision system.
  • _–field_ VALUE: Ignored - obtained from OCDB
  • _–energy_ VALUE: Ignored - obtained from OCDB
  • _–physicslist_ VALUE: Ignored
  • _–bmin_ FERMI: Least imapact parameter
  • _–bmax_ FERMI: Largest imapact parameter
  • _–pthardbin_ VALUE: Ignored
  • _–quench_ VALUE: Quenching type to use
  • _–sdd_: Ignored
  • _–number– INTEGER: Sub-job number
  • _–qa__: Also run QA train
  • _–aod_: Also run AOD train

merge.sh

  • which: What to do merging of (either QA or AOD)
  • run: The run number
  • dir: Directory where intermediate data can be found
  • stage: Stage to execute

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