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High Energy Physics Data Analysis

Another computationally intensive domain is experimental High Energy Physics  (HEP) at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) energy range. This accelerator (SSC) is now cancelled, but similar challenges exist at CERN (Geneva) and Fermilab near Chicago. We are examining areas such as high-end visualization and virtual reality (for event display and virtual detector engineering) [Haupt:92a], [Skwarnicki:92a], MIMD-parallel computing (e.g., for parallel GEANT-style Monte Carlo  simulations) [Fox:90bb], and databases  (parallel computing support, integration tools in the heterogeneous distributed environment). HEP is a computationally intensive discipline based on mature and advanced but so far custom-made Fortran-based software environment. The computational challenges of the next high-energy experiments require modern software technology insertions such as HPC, advanced visualization and rapid prototyping tools. We see the MOVIE model, appropriately interfaced to the existing Fortran77-based HEP systems and offering convenient Fortran90-style portable extension towards HPC, as an attractive development and integration platform for the software environment at current and future experiments [Furmanski:92f].

Guy Robinson
Wed Mar 1 10:19:35 EST 1995