CMS 101 tutorials prepare students for analysis
Attendees at the recent CMS 101 tutorials
As a fourth-year graduate student, Mike Anderson has paid his dues. He has written software for CMS collaborators to use for data analysis. He lived at CERN for two months. He has completed his coursework. Soon Anderson hopes to start his analysis. The CMS 101 tutorials on June 18-20 at Fermilab brought him one step closer.
Roughly 35 U.S. CMS members attended the workshop, and more than 15 connected remotely via videoconference. The LHC Physics Center at Fermilab offers the tutorials every six months to help U.S. CMS collaborators get up to speed on the experiment's data analysis software. Largely intended for students, the workshops begin with a general overview of the CMS experiment and then progress to software and computing instructions.
Anderson, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, feels that the tutorials help establish a common computing language for the collaboration. He plans to use the knowledge gained from the workshop on his analysis. "They dump information on you as though it's a bucket of water," he said. "Hopefully some of it sticks."
The CMS 101 tutorials allow students to take advantage of the large number of experts in the LPC. "There is a high density of people who have this knowledge here," said Fermilab's Liz Sexton-Kennedy, who along with her group organized the workshop.
In response to requests to expand the tutorials, the recent CMS 101 workshop included more hands-on exercises. "The hands-on sessions force participants to try something new," said Sexton-Kennedy. "On their laptops they try commands to see if they work. The exercises take you through what you need to do to conduct an analysis."
Those who couldn't attend CMS101 may view the talks online. Videos of the tutorials will be made available soon.
-- Elizabeth Clements