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2015-10 Introducing Offline Production Operations Service (OPOS)

​Introducing OPOS

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Photo courtesy of Luis Contreras (Fermilab in 2015). Initial OPOS team consisted of (from left to right), Qiulan Huang from China, Jeny Terheran from Colombia, Anna Mazzacane from Italy, Vito Di Benedetto from Italy, Paola Buitrago from Colombia. Since this photo was taken, Jeny has moved to the security team and Andrés Felipe Alba Hernández from Colombia has joined the team. Felipe is pictured below.

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Photo courtesy Andrés Felipe Alba Hernández

Offline Production Operations Service (OPOS) helps transform the raw data collected by detectors into a format that scientists can interpret so they can give it a physical meaning.  OPOS does the behind-the-scenes work needed to perform the analysis of the data, an important step to contribute to scientific publications. The scientific community shares knowledge and provides the base for future research by publishing their research.

The OPOS team contains skilled computing scientists and physicists from different regions of the world. Their combined expertise assists Fermilab experiments  in running their large-scale production data. The OPOS team was created following the successful example of the CMS Operators team. Instead of one experiment, OPOS has the challenging task of multiple experiments with different lifecycles, needs, tools, deadlines, etc. Small collaborations are often short of staff, so the OPOS expertise expands the human resources of the experimental offline team.

The OPOS group constantly assists experiments and contributes to improve their production efficiency. This "new born" team is ready to make a thoughtful and impactful contribution at the lab. Stay tuned!

 - Anna Mazzacane