Tracking performance in high multiplicities environment at ALICE [article]

David Rohr
2017 arXiv   pre-print
In LHC Run 3, ALICE will increase the data taking rate significantly to 50\,kHz continuous read out of minimum bias Pb-Pb events. This challenges the online and offline computing infrastructure, requiring to process 50 times as many events per second as in Run 2, and increasing the data compression ratio from 5 to 20. Such high data compression is impossible by lossless ZIP-like algorithms, but it must use results from online reconstruction, which in turn requires online calibration. These
more » ... tant online processing steps are the most computing-intense ones, and will use GPUs as hardware accelerators. The new online features are already under test during Run 2 in the High Level Trigger (HLT) online processing farm. The TPC (Time Projection Chamber) tracking algorithm for Run 3 is derived from the current HLT online tracking and is based on the Cellular Automaton and Kalman Filter. HLT has deployed online calibration for the TPC drift time, which needs to be extended to space charge distortions calibration. This requires online reconstruction for additional detectors like TRD (Transition Radiation Detector) and TOF (Time Of Flight). We present prototypes of these developments, in particular a data compression algorithm that achieves a compression factor of~9 on Run 2 TPC data, and the efficiency of online TRD tracking. We give an outlook to the challenges of TPC tracking with continuous read out.
arXiv:1709.00618v1 fatcat:cu2thkzb55cipe4iu34rvy67cu