8th to 10th January 2007 at Edinburgh - UK National-eScience Centre (NeSC)


Warning, important Announcement, general information, on-line-registration and important dates are found here.

Main programme

Presentations and practical sessions take place at NeSC. The agenda is found here.


Participants need to have a valid Grid certificate and be registered with the LHCb virtual organisation (V0). Information on obtaining and registering a certificate can be found at:

Participants also need an LHCb account on the CERN LXPLUS machines. You're usually given an account automatically when you register as an LHCb user. If you don't have an account, or haven't registered, you should contact the LHCb secretariat (lhcb-secretariat@cernNOSPAMPLEASE.ch), who will be happy to assist you.

Pre-course exercises

Some warmup exercises before the start:

  • 1) Essential: Make sure that you have an LHCb account on LXPLUS.
  • 2) Essential: Obtain a Grid certificate and register with the LHCb virtual organisation (V0).
  • 3) Make sure you're familiar with AFS, basic Linux shell commands and file editing. Most people in LHCb use tcsh (shell) and emacs (editor). You're free to choose something different, but this tends to mean that you'll have less support in case of problems.
  • 4) Gain some familiarity with C++. You might find useful the BaBar C++ course (follow links to pdf files).
  • 5) Learn a little Python. Python is used in a number of areas in LHCb, and you'll find it useful to have at least worked through the first three sections of the Python tutorial.
  • 6) Register to CERN TWikiSite: registration


Previous courses have excellent material.

Material for the course

It is very slow to use Emacs in graphical mode from CERN. Instead, please try using Emacs in text mode:

    [lxplus001] % emacs -nw myfile.cpp

Some of the common control keys used in emacs are:

  • Control + C: quit
  • Control + S: save
  • Control + W: save as
  • Control + F: open file
  • Control + K: close buffer
  • Control + Shift + '-' : undo action
  • Control + X + 1: make one window
  • Control + X + 2: split window in two (horizontal)
  • Control + X + 3: split window in two (vertical)
  • Control + X + O (not 0): switch to next window
  • Control + X + B: switch to next buffer

If the BookKeeping page is not available here are some of the data set description needed:

List of participants

  • Speakers: Tomasz Szumlak (Glasgow), Jonas Rademacker (Bristol), Karl Harrison (Cambridge), Raja Nandakumar (RAL), Patrick Koppenburg (Imperial College London), Cristina Lazzeroni (Cambridge), Ulrich Kerzel (Cambridge), Raluca Muresan(Oxford), David Hutchcroft (Liverpool), Chris Jones (Cambridge)


Peter Clarke, Karl Harrison, Cristina Lazzeroni, Andres Osorio, Glenn Patrick, Raja Nandakumar

NeSC team: Yvonne Anderson, Lee Callaghan, Mark Pellegrini

Group pictures

  • Picture photo 1:

  • Picture photo 2:

  • All pictures are here (but will not stay forever). Click on a picture to start and then on the picture again to continue.

Claiming procedure

Glenn provided the following instructions for claiming your travel expenses:

Forms can also be downloaded from this page. Please have a look to the attachements.

Topic attachments
I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
PDFpdf ClaimFormUKPPD.pdf r1 manage 18.0 K 2007-01-07 - 16:58 AndresOsorio UK Expenses Claim Form (PDF)
Texttxt Claim_Instructions.txt r3 r2 r1 manage 1.0 K 2007-01-07 - 19:34 AndresOsorio Claiming procedure - instructions
Texttxt DataSet_DaVinci_1.txt r1 manage 13.1 K 2007-01-06 - 18:35 AndresOsorio Data set for DaVinci exercise 1
Unknown file formatxhtml LHCbUK_SwC_participants.xhtml r3 r2 r1 manage 10.4 K 2007-01-18 - 17:21 AndresOsorio Final list of participants
PDFpdf PPDUKT_Sprocedure_May06.pdf r1 manage 122.1 K 2007-01-07 - 16:57 AndresOsorio CCLRC UK Travel Forms - Instructions
JPEGjpg dsc_5008.jpg r1 manage 284.3 K 2007-01-10 - 12:22 UnknownUser Picture photo 1
JPEGjpg dsc_5017.jpg r1 manage 289.8 K 2007-01-10 - 12:24 UnknownUser Picture photo 2
JPEGjpg edinburgh.jpg r1 manage 16.0 K 2006-12-08 - 21:02 AndresOsorio  
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