Ludwik Turko

Workhorses of high energy physics

There are standard computational tools used in the growing high energy physics community. They appeared more and more popular as new great experimental collaborations started their activity. I’m going to make a short review of the present situation, with the special emphasis on implementing those packages. They work quite well on the present PC level and give a possibility of data analysis, data presentation and also of comparing brilliant theoretical ideas with nasty experimental data. The standard framework for such applications is the ROOT package. One can implement within this a lot of particular, more specialized packages as e.g. THERMUS or THERMINATOR for heavy ion physics. There is also a devoted Linux system – Scientific Linux (SCL) – maintained by CERN and Fermilab, suited particularly for high energy physics demands.