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Rogers, Chris, 12 April 2011 09:58

MAUS User Documentation

MAUS usage is handled by several applications that enable basic usage of the framework. Each application runs several modules against a particular configuration. The particular modules that the application runs, and the configuration that is run against, can all be modified by the user.


There are several applications in the MAUS schema:

  • Simulation tracks particles through a given geometry. Simulation uses the following modules
    • BeamGenerator generates a beam as defined by the user
    • ReferenceParticle pushes a single particle through the geometry to phase the cavities
    • Tracking pushes particles through the geometry
    • VirtualPlanes extracts information on particle tracks as they cross flat planes in space or time.

Configuration manipulation

MAUS uses a set of user-modifiable files to control the application configuration. Variables such as input geometry, field arrangement and detector parameters can all be modified by the user.

Changing application modules

MAUS uses a modular structure in its applications. Uses can alter the modules which a particular application runs or define their own application. Modules are of several types.

  • Maps are executed once per spill and manipulate the spill data in some way (for example, try to do pattern recognition on tracker digits).
  • Reduces are executed once per run and manipulate all the spills in some way (for example, make a histogram of the tracker light yield).
  • Runners control how Maps and Reduces are executed (for example controlling multithreading or doing some optimisation).

The different modules are listed in the Components section.

File IO

Data is passed between different parts of the framework in tree-like structured data files.

Updated by Rogers, Chris about 11 years ago · 13 revisions