Public Minutes of 127th Steering Board, 31st January 2022

Present: Mihaly Novak, Hisaya Kurashige, Dennis Wright, Makoto Asai (OB liaison), Vladimir Ivanchenko, Marc Verderi, Alberto Ribon, Koichi Murakami, Alex Howard, Soon Yung Jun, Francesco Romano, Gabriele Cosmo, Laurent Garnier, Ivana Hrivnacova, Witek Pokorski, Gunter Folger, Shogo Okada , Daren Sawkey, Ben Morgan, Luciano Pandola

Excused: Susanna Guatelli

1. Situation with respect to the pandemic

No specific difficulties have to be reported.

2. Regular items

A round-table of working group activities was made, as well as a review of pending requirements, SB actions and bug reports.

Regarding physics performance monitoring, several changes in the Urban fluctuation model have been made last year (and included in Geant4 11.0), and recently energy depositions in thin (below 10 mum) layers resulted worse in Geant4 11.0 with respect to 10.7. A proper solution is under study and likely will be included in the patch, 11.0.p01, expected sometimes in February 2022.

3. Status of census

A new, more automatic procedure for the annual census of Geant4 members has been created. It is based on a Google form, which each Geant4 member needs to fill, where the contribution and the plan of work for each Working Group is required. The census in nearly concluded, with final checks undergoing by the coordinators of each Working Group. The census is expected to be completed by the middle of February.

In parallel, the plan of work for each Working Group is in preparation, and its final version will be presented to the users in a dedicated Technical Forum, likely towards the end of March.

4. Merging of “Tracking” and “Particles and Tracks” Working Groups

It has been proposed and agreed by the Steering Board to merge the two Working Groups “Tracking” and “Particles and Tracks” into one new Working Group, “Particles and Tracking”.

5. Election of Working Group coordinators and spokesperson

This year is an election year, so each Working Group should carry out the election of its representatives at the Steering Board. The results of the election for all Working Groups are expected to be completed by the end of February.

After that, the election process of the spokesperson of the Collaboration will start.

The elected members will be on charge for two years.

6. Status of the new web site

The new prototype web site, which has been under development since more than one year, is expected to be completed by the end of February, and a few weeks later it should become the public, official one.

7. Events

  • Past Events
    • 55th Geant4 Technical Forum on January 20th, 2022
  • Future Events
    • Virtual Geant4 Beginners Course, at CERN on 9-13 May 2022
    • Geant4 course within Alghero Seminars, on 5-10 June 2022

8. 2022 Collaboration Meeting

The next Collaboration Meeting is planned for Rennes (France), on 26-30 September 2022

Meeting Date Monday, January 31, 2022 - 12:00