by Panos Charitos. Published: 12 July 2014

The ALICE ITS Upgrade and O2 Asian Workshop took place in Krabi, Thailand, between 16 and 18 June 2014. It was sponsored by the Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), the Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI), and the Thai Physics Society (THPS). The workshop is biannual and offers groups from East Asian countries that participate in the ITS upgrade the opportunity to meet, discuss, and present their plans.

Many East Asia institutes joined the ALICE experiment in the recent years, namely SUT and COMSATS in 2012, and the Inha University in 2013. Luciano Musa, project leader of the ITS Upgrade, thought that an East-Asia cluster would help to develop a coherent programme for the upgrade project and coordinate the efforts of the various teams. Two very successful workshops were already organized in 2013. The first took place in Inha University in South Korea in April 2013; a second one followed in December 2013 in the CCNU.

This year's workshop brought together the ALICE ITS Asian Collaboration with the purpose of communicating and exchanging ideas. Participants presented their progress, discussed their ideas and shared their knowledge with experts from different fields. In addition, this workshop was the first to combine the ALICE ITS upgrade with the O2 project. The O2 project aims to design and create a completely new computing system for the inspection, the read-out and the online reconstruction of LHC collisions at a rate of up to 100 kHz.

Participants of the ITS upgrade and O2 Asian Workshop 2014 in Thailand.

The organizing committee, Chinorat Kobdaj from SUT, Luciano Musa and Pierre Vande Vyvre from CERN, prepared a rich and interesting programme. On Monday, the first day of the workshop, eleven lectures were presented. Santi Maensiri delivered the opening talk and Luciano Musa gave an overview of the general status and plans of the ITS upgrade. Then, various speakers offered overviews of the research activities in their institutes. The significant progress made by the institutes was presented and future steps discussed. Following the hard efforts during the past period all the institutes have fully integrated their activities in the present organization of the project.

Later, the afternoon session began with Pierre Vande Vyvre when he gave a presentation titled “O2 project : upgrade of the online and offline computing”. Then six presentations were the occasion to report about the status of the work in the Institutes and from several Computing Working groups and also to propose to other institutes to join the project.

The workshop concluded with the participants renewing their meeting for Pussan, Korea where the next joint ITS & O2 meeting will take place in December 15-16.