02 Dec 2020



ATLAS - Parallelising the ATLAS Trigger and Run 3 physics analysis


Co-supervisors: PPD - S. Martin-Haugh, University of Glasgow - M. Owen, J. Howarth

This project is with the PPD ATLAS High Level Trigger group. The group is coordinating the ATLAS trigger software upgrade and has strong expertise in trigger tracking.

The project is to optimise, validate and commission the new ATLAS High Level Trigger software that is being re-written utilizing modern software techniques to fully exploit new computing architectures. The ATLAS High Level Trigger decides which collision events are to be recorded for analysis offline and which are to be discarded. Only 1 in a 100 events can be kept. The High Level Trigger does this by reconstructing features characteristic of, for example, electrons, muons, tau-leptons or groups of nearby particle (jets) using software algorithms that run on a farm of computers. The software has to be fast so that the farm can process 100,000 events per second, so each event must take less than one fifth of a second. At the moment, each computer processor core works on its own set of events running algorithms sequentially. The software is being upgraded to be fully multi-threaded so that algorithms can run in parallel. You will optimise and validate the software and help to commission the trigger to ensure it is ready for use online in 2021 when the LHC restarts after the current shutdown.

The successful applicant will also participate in physics analysis using ATLAS data, collaborating with other members of the groups at RAL and Glasgow.

The scholarship covers student's stipend and fees at a level required from 'home' students. International students will need to have additional funding to cover full fees at the international level.

Contact: Martin-Haugh, Stewart (STFC,RAL,PPD)