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1 Harnessing GridPP for student-driven research T. Whyntie*, † *Langton Star Centre, †PPRC - Queen Mary, University of London GridPP30, University of Glasgow Wednesday 27 th March @langtonstar #GridPP30

2 Impact Crucial to have well-defined impact strategy: – “Pathways to Impact” (RCUK)RCUK is no exception: 1.Give students and teachers access to CERN detector technology (data taking) and GridPP (data analysis/simulation); 2.??? 3.IMPACT!!! #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013 Aim of this talk: provide you with details of what we’ve done, what we plan to do, and ask your advice on the way forward.

3 and GridPP What is What have we done so far? What do we plan to do? How best to use GridPP? #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

4 WHAT IS A brief introduction to the project #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

5 an introduction Brings CERN technology into the classroom: – To aid the teaching of particle physics; – To allow students and teachers to do research; – To inspire the next generation of scientists/engineers. Different ways to get involved: – In-school detectors – through SEPnet and IoP; – LUCID: 5 Timepix detectors on TechDemoSat-1; – Data shared by students and teachers. Currently supported by an STFC Large Award. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

6 who’s involved Project Leader: Dr Becky Parker STFC Research in Residence: TW GridPP support: Chris Walker, Steve Lloyd – Queen Mary PPRC computing - huge thanks! The students: – Mainly A level, some GCSE; – Technical ability varies – but research work provides incentive to learn more. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

7 The Timepix hybrid silicon pixel detector Developed by the Medipix Collaboration. 256x256 hybrid silicon pixel detector: – 55  m pitch; – Timepix: “Time-over- Threshold” mode. Capable of x-ray imaging, particle ID and energy measurement. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

8 The sensitive element

9 Visualising radiation Colour corresponds to the “Time- over-Threshold”, which corresponds to the energy deposited in the pixel #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

10 Visualising radiation #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

11 Visualising radiation #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

12 The data #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

13 The data 256 x 256 frame of pixels: – Output in ASCII or binary, matrix or [X,Y,C]; – Meaning of pixel value depends on mode: Time-over-Threshold – time spent over preset threshold value (corresponds to energy). Associated meta-data: – Detector settings, location, time, etc. Various formats exist: Pixelman, NASA’s ROOT- based format,.LSC (based on FITS). #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

14 Radiation Around You (RAY)

15 LUCID

16 Bringing it all together

17 WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR? Progress with #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

18 The first six months Establish a student research community; #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

19 The first six months #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

20 The first six months Establish a student research community; Overhaul of the website; #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

21 The first six months

22 The first six months #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

23 The first six months Establish a student research community; Overhaul of the website; Detector calibration; #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

24 The first six months #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

25 The first six months Establish a student research community; Overhaul of the website; Detector calibration; Detector simulation in GEANT4; #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

26 The first six months #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013 With thanks to J. Idarraga (Medipix/CERN)J. Idarraga

27 The first six months Establish a student research community; Overhaul of the website; Detector calibration; Detector simulation in GEANT4; The Langton Star Server DAQMAP. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

28 The first six months #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

29 GridPP activities The VO: cernatschool.org Running jobs: – “Hello World!” (obviously); – Custom software via InputSandbox : CERNatschool-frame-reader (on github);github Sample frame data on figshare - – All documented on the GridPP wiki.GridPP wiki Huge thanks to the QMUL GridPP team! #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

30 WHAT DO WE PLAN TO DO? – future plans #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

31 The original plan Data storage and retrieval: – Timepix data collected by schools uploaded via an online portal, LUCID data from SSTL managed and uploaded by team; – Data processed (cluster analysis etc.) on GridPP; – Results available via same online portal. Storage/processing needs mat by DAQMAP: – Not (yet) enough demand to justify x certificates. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

32 The revised plan Simulations with GEANT4: – Timepix detector and (shielded) sources; – LUCID in the space radiation environment. Example use case: – End user (student) requests events for given source type, energy range, flux, etc.; – GEANT4 run on GridPP, managed by – Simulated data retrieved for analysis. Compare with National Schools Observatory. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

33 The revised plan #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

34 The revised plan Simulations with GEANT4: – Timepix detector and (shielded) sources; – LUCID in the space radiation environment. Example use case: – End user (student) requests events for given source type, energy range, flux, etc.; – GEANT4 run on GridPP, managed by – Simulated data retrieved for analysis. Compare with National Schools Observatory. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

35 National Schools Observatory

36 The revised plan Simulations with GEANT4: – Timepix detector and (shielded) sources; – LUCID in the space radiation environment. Example use case: – End user (student) requests events for given source type, energy range, flux, etc.; – GEANT4 run on GridPP, managed by – Simulated data retrieved for analysis. Compare with National Schools Observatory. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

37 HOW BEST TO USE GRIDPP? Thoughts on data analysis/simulation for student-driven research. #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

38 Lessons from Choosing appropriate research tasks: – Where can GCSE/A level students contribute? – Task complexity and “gateway activities”; – Chris Lintott (Oxford, Zooniverse) – blog post:Zooniverseblog post “transformational nature of [doing] something real”. Getting students to code: – Scientific research provides huge motivation; – Challenge - school IT infrastructures vary… #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

39 Questions for the GridPP community What else could we use GridPP for? – With the right research task, plenty of Impact- worthy and scientifically useful projects out there. What could we use the Cloud for? – Our experience: give the students the tools and they will do amazing things. Can we integrate impact from the outset? – #OpenAccess, #OpenData - reproducability? #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

40 We are indebted to the companies and organisations listed below, as well as Actel, ARM, REM Oxford, Graphic PLC, NPL, API Technologies (formerly C-MAC), the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at the Czech Technical University in Prague and VPT Inc. USA. Thank you! #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013

41 and GridPP Bringing technology from CERN into the classroom – and doing the same for GridPP; Much progress made over the last 6 months: – Plenty still to do – your input very welcome! Huge opportunities for research + impact: – Much learned so far – please ask us! #GridPP30, Uni. of GlasgowT. Whyntie, Queen Mary, Uni. of London27 th March 2013 T. Whyntie*, † *Langton Star Centre, †PPRC - Queen Mary, University of @langtonstar #GridPP30


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