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Conference Papers Year : 2011

Using TAGs to speed up the ATLAS analysis process

R. Buckingham
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J. Cranshaw
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T. Cuhadar Donszelmann
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T. Doherty
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E. Gallas
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D. Malon
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M. Nowak
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M. Slater
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E. Vinek
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Q. Zhang
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In the ATLAS experiment, Tag Data, or short TAG, are event-level metadata -thumbnail information about events to support efficient identification and selection of events of interest to a given analysis. TAG quantities range from detector status and trigger information to basic physics quantities, e. g. the number of loose electrons candidates and kinematic information for a limited number of these candidates sorted by their transverse momentum. The average TAG size per event is around 1kB, which is a factor 100 smaller than the Analysis Object Data (AOD) used for physics analysis. TAGs are primarily produced from AODs and stored in ROOT files. For easier access and usability TAGs are also stored in a database. Queries to the database can produce again TAG files. In a standard ATLAS analysis job, TAGs can be used to preselect events based on the TAG quantities before accessing the full AOD content. This allows for a significant speed up of the processing time. This paper will discuss the different analysis work flows using TAGs and compare them with other analysis work flows within ATLAS. Further, the performance for preselecting events using either directly AODs or TAG files is measured and compared. Peak performance is estimated on a single machine with local disk access, while more realistic performance is estimated using Grid like data access.

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in2p3-00850675 , version 1 (07-08-2013)



W. Ehrenfeld, R. Buckingham, J. Cranshaw, T. Cuhadar Donszelmann, T. Doherty, et al.. Using TAGs to speed up the ATLAS analysis process. International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2010), Oct 2010, Taipei, Taiwan. pp.032007, ⟨10.1088/1742-6596/331/3/032007⟩. ⟨in2p3-00850675⟩
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