How-to: HI Trigger Table Setup in CMSSW

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Goal of this page

This page explains how to obtain the configuration file necessary to run the Heavy Ions High-Level Trigger (HLT) menu offline on RAW data. For a general description of the CMS HLT please see the HLT page in the CMSSW SW guide here.


Starting from CMSSW_3_X_X the HI HLT Trigger menu is stored and developed in the configuration data base ConfDB. To browse the available HLT menus for a given CMSSW release in ConfDB use the HLT config browser. In the config browser for each major CMSSW release you will find the pp configurations for various luminosity and conditions (8E29, 1E31, GRun) and the HI configuration HIon. The available HLT configurations are stored with a version number; please use the highest version number for your studies.

For closed CMSSW releases the final HLT table can be obtained by checking out the HLTrigger/Configuration package and executing the shell script in the test directory. This will produce all necessary configuration files to run the Release Validation of the HLT and also all standalone configurations needed to run the HLT.

A specific configuration can also be extracted directly from ConfDB by using the edmConfigFromDB tool. For example:

edmConfigFromDB --configName /dev/CMSSW_3_1_0/pre11/HIon_V13/V1 --format Python >

The appropriate configName can be identified by consulting the HLT config browser.

To execute the HI HLT on a given raw data file just edit the Source fileNames in your config file and run it with cmsRun

Another tool called hltGetConfiguration also exists with functionality shown in the following example:

hltGetConfiguration --process TEST --unprescale --full --offline --mc /users/cer/HI_ActivityPaths/V3 >

The various flags that can be used are described in this python code. One useful setting is --cff, which creates a cff for inclusion in e.g. cmsDriver, rather than a full cfg.

Additional instructions for specific versions

Setup for CMSSW_3_1_2

CMSSW_3_1_2 needs a patch for the HI Tracking region used in the vertexing. Check out and build the RecoHI/HiTracking package, with the tag V01-00-04

cvs co -r V01-00-04  RecoHI/HiTracking/
scramv1 b

Setup for CMSSW_2_1_0

(Now obsolete)

Check out the HI Vertexing

 cvs co -r V00-00-03 RecoHI/HiTracking 
Check out the Muon L3 code
 cvs co -r V00-02-00 RecoHIMuon/HiMuSeed 
 cvs co -r V00-02-00 RecoHIMuon/HiMuTracking 
 cvs co RecoHIMuon/HiMuPropagator   (head version)
Compile everything
  scramv1 b 

The HLT Table needs raw data to run on.

15k Pb Pb min bias rawdata can be found in dcache at MIT: /pnfs/

To generate raw data yourself from your favorite gen-sim file please use the default release-validation digi2raw configuration. To get it check out HLTrigger/Configuration:

  cvs co -r  CMSSW_2_1_X HLTrigger/Configuration 
and use:

To get a running HI_HLT configuration you need to get the standard pp reconstruction sequences we use from the configuration data base and add the heavy ion specific modules and paths to it. Here is a script to do that: getHIHLT.csh The script should give a running configuration for all HLT supported CMSSW_2_1_X versions.

To run the script copy python fragment containing the HI specifics to the same directory: (remove the .txt extension added by twiki) The script is set up to get a HLT Table for CMSSW_2_1_0. To get a configuration for another CMSSW_2_1_X release, edit the config name option to edmconfigfromdb:

 edmConfigFromDB --configName /dev/CMSSW_2_1_0/HLT 

The output of the script is a python config file containing all modules and paths to run the HI HLT. Just point the PoolSource files Names to your copy of the rawdata and run the HLT Config:


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ChristofRoland - 13 Aug 2009 updated contents as part of documentation review

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