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STAR Software & Computing is headed by Dr. Jérôme Lauret and Dr. Gene Van Buren located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

S&C Team April 2010
From left to right: Jérôme Lauret, Dmitry Arkhipkin, Wayne Betts, Lidia Didenko, Gene van Buren, Jason Webb, Levente Hajdu, Victor Perevoztchikov, {Matthew Ahrenstein}, {Yuri Fisyak}, {Valeri Fine}

The S&C management structure is as below. Unless otherwise specified, [X] indicates an activity area whose overall coordinator has been missing and co-lead (either internally absorbed or activity dropped).

  • Jérôme Lauret (BNL)    - Software & Computing project Leader    
  • Gene Van Buren (BNL) - Software & Computing project co-leader

The principal members of the S&C structured team are listed below.

  • Data readiness sub-group  - Coordinated by Gene Van Buren (BNL)
    • Calibration Coordinator (+) - Gene Van Buren (BNL)
      (Note: this position can be filled by a remote participant, allowing time release for calibration R&D)
    • Database administration and support (R&D falls under infrastructure) - Dmitry Arkhipkin (BNL)
    • Quality Assurance Coordinator - Lanny Ray (UTA)
      • Online QA - Jeffery Landgraf (BNL)
      • Offline QA - Alexander Jentsch (UTA)
         
  • Offline software - activities are oversight by the co-leaders
    • Offline recosntruction and simulation - Transitional Structure - Coordinated by Jason Webb (BNL)
      • Reconstruction leader (+& Simulation leader (+)
        This area is currently co-lead by Victor Perevoztchikov and Jason Webb (BNL) with an emphasis on Victor:reconstruction, Jason:simulation.
      • Jason Webb (BNL) - Simulation support specialist (Start November 2nd 2009)
      • General offline software & sub-system support - Dmitri Smirnov (BNL)
         
    • Embedding Coordinator (You do not have access to view this node) - Xianglei Zhu (Tsinghua)
      • Embedding Deputy, base QA support (for NERSC) - Derek Anderson (TAMU)
      • Embedding Deputy (Other) - [X]
      • Embedding Helpers (see the You do not have access to view this node for more information)
        • Spin:           Jinlong Zhang (Shandong). Suvarna Ramachandran (Kentucky)
        • HF:              Alexander Jentsch (UTA), David Tlusty (Rice), Shengui Zhang (USTC)
        • LFS/UPC:     Muhammad Usman Ashraf (Tsinghua), Leszek Adamczyk (AGH), Dave Stewart (Yale)
        • Jet-like-corr:Prabhat Bhattarai (UTA), Zillay Khan (UIC)
        • Bulk-cor:      Neha Sah (UCLA), Ning Yu (CCNU)
  • Data production and library - Coordinated by Lidia Didenko (BNL)
    • Production coordinator (+) and Software Librarian () - Lidia Didenko (BNL)
    • Distributed production support - Levente Hajdu (BNL) @ 1/3rd time
  • Infrastructure, software infrastructure, Middleware support, technology evaluation and integration - Coordinated by Jérôme Lauret (BNL)
    • ROOT development, visualization & software architecture, R&D and support - [X]
    • Levente Hajdu (BNL) - (1/3rd) technology provisioning and development of tools (for local or distributed computing)
    • Computer Operation and user support
      • Wayne Betts (BNL) - Computer support
      • Michael Poat (BNL) - Computer support: BNL user's laptop and desktop (purchase, setup, OS upgrades and software) + visitors laptops (troubleshooting, system setup for BNL compliance, cyber-security)
    • Grid Operations and OSG activities - Coordinated by Douglas Olson (LBNL) and Wayne Betts (BNL)
      • [X] - Activity Coordinator
      • Wayne Betts (BNL) - Grid Operation coordinator and distributed facility point of contact
      • Levente Hajdu (BNL) - (1/3rd) Grid Technology support 

 

Other supporting efforts & members

  • Related to Software infrastructure
    • Thomas Ullrich (BNL / Yale) - StEvent support
    • Daniel Brandenburg (Rice) - MuDST support
    • Grigory Nigmatkulov (MEPhI) - picoDST support
    • Dmitri Smirnov (BNL) - Vertex Finder support   [NB: formally a PWG activity]
    • Hongwei Ke (BNL) - Web master and Web support (+)
       
  • Related to Computing and facilities Operations - Off-site facilities - This section includes central and/or distributed facility support 
    • Jeff Porter & Jan Balewski (LBNL) - NERSC/PDSF support

The Software Sub-system coordinators (+) in each specialized area are as follows :

Detector sub-systems:

  • iTPC Software – Irakli Chakaberia (KSU)
  • TPC Software – Richard Witt (Yale, USNA) & Yuri Fisyak (BNL)
  • GMT Software – Richard Witt (Yale, USNA)
  • DAQ Software – Jeff Landgraf (BNL)
  • EMC2 Software - (co-lead / historically in two groups)
    • Jinlong Zhang (LBNL)
    • Ting Lin (IU/CEEM)
  • FMS/FPS Software - Oleg Eyser (BNL)
  • TOF/VPD Software - Daniel Brandenburg (Rice)
  • MTD Software - Rongrong Ma (BNL) 
  • Trigger Detectors (BBC, FPD, CTB, ZDC, MWC, ...) - Akio Ogawa (BNL)
  • HFT Software - Xin Dong (LBNL)
  • HLT Software - Hongwei Ke (BNL)
  • HCAL Software - Wangmei Zha (USTC)
  • PP2PP/RP Software - Yip Kin (BNL)
  • EPD - Prashant Shanmuganathan (Lehigh)


The below sub-systems are no longer supported in STAR (detector system physically removed) - green are sub-systems with no software support, blue are the ones with some support:

  • eSTAR R&D - Ming Shao (USTC)
  • FGT Software - Xuan Li (Temple)
  • FTPC Software - Janet Seyboth (MPI)
  • PMD Software - Rashmi Raniwala (U. Rajasthan)
  • RICH Software - Boris Hippolyte (Yale)
  • L3 Software - Thorsten Kollegger (Frankfurt)
  • SVT Software - Helen Caines (Yale)
  • SSD Software - Jonathan Bouchet (KSU)

The names below reflect the list of software coordinators while diverse projects were in R&D phase. The projects moved to full projects in 2007

  • Offline Heavy Flavor Tracker Software - Andrew Rose (LBL)
  • Offline Inner Silicon Tracker Software - Mike Miller (MIT)
  • Offline Hybrid Pixel Detector Software - Sevil Salur (Yale)

The computing and software effort is closely associated with the Physics Working Groups. STAR physics analysis software runs within the context of the computing infrastructure, taking the DST as input. The physics working groups have responsibility for the development of physics analysis software. The STAR Physics Analysis Coordinator acts as coordinator between the PWGs and computing. The PAC's responsibilities are described here.

Frank Geurts (Rice) is the current STAR Physics Analysis Coordinator.