Public minutes of 106th SB meeting on February 8th, 2018

Present: Makoto Asai, Gabriele Cosmo, Andrea Dotti, Dennis Wright, Koichi Murakami, Daren Sawkey,, Soon Yung Jun, Sébastien Incerti,, Alberto Ribon, Alexander Howard, Gunter Folger, Ivana Hrivnacova, Ben Morgan, Luciano Pandola, Vladimir Ivantchenko, Marc Verderi, Laurent Garnier

Excused: Hisaya Kurashige, John Allison (OB liaison)


  1. Regular items
  • The open requirements, pending actions, status of long open bug reports, as well as physics and computing performance monitoring are reviewed.
  1. 2018 Collaboration processes
  • 2018 census result was reviewed.
  • Election of WG coordinator / representative
    • Election method has to be agreed within each working group.
    • Election should start immediately and should be concluded by February 28th.
    • The next Steering Board meeting will be in early March and will be a transitional SB meeting
      • First part is composed by the current membership to endorse the elections
      • Second part is composed by the fresh membership.
  • 2018 work plan
    • WG-level 2018 work plan has to be created during the WG election period.
      • Then work items will be discussed at early March SB meeting
      • Based on the discussion at the next SB meeting, collaboration-wide 2018 work plan will be created and announce.
  1. Git migration​
  • Efforts are undergoing.
  • Two switchover options are anticipated:
    • March-April or end-of-June (post-Beta release)
      • ​Date will be fixed at the next SB meeting, based on the status of remaining work/test.
      • Note in particular that the switchover will be “hard”: i.e. SVN will be frozen.
      • A downtime of a few days is foreseen with Git access limited to Git migration task force to verify the correctness of the new system.
  • Need volunteers to help with testing, documentation, etc.
  1. Drupal-7 migration
  • Propose to switch in the second half of February
  • Short downtime is foreseen. Announcement will be made in advance.
  1. AOB

5.1 Recent events

5.2 Near future events

5.3 AOB

  • Migration of Geant4 threading system to C++11
    • Adopting C++11 MT features instead of POSIX ones
      • Should allow porting of MT on Windows.
    • A quiet development period will be used to perform the migration
      • The SB will coordinate the dates of tags delivery, as no other tags will be allowed during the migration.

Meeting Date

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:00