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Monte Carlo data formats meeting

Venue and Date

The meeting will be held at ETH Z$uuml;rich on September 11, 2006, from 8am to 6pm and will be followed by a workshop dinner.

Room: HG D16.2 (in the morning from 8:30 on), HG D22 (from 2:00pm on) The main building HG is located in the centre of Zurich: [1]

If there is interest we can follow up with a science-oriented workshop on applications of the Monte Carlo method on Tuesday, September 12. Please let me know with your registration.

Scope and Agenda

The aim of the workshop is to define a standard data format for Monte Carlo data to facilitate the development of common analysis, evaluation, exchange, archiving and retreival tools for Monte Carlo data.

In particular we want to

* review existing practices regarding data formats for Monte Carlo data
  • what is stored?
  • how is it stored?
  • which meta-information is stored?
  • what needs to be stored?
  • what is needed for the evaluation of therrmalization, autocorrelations, covariance, cross-correlations, ...?
  • design a flexible standard data format
  • using XML for the main result and meta-data
  • using binary formats (e.g. HDF-5) for the raw time series
* discuss applications for the standard format
  • evaluation and analysis tools for Monte Carlo data: equilibration, errors, ...
  • archiving in data bases
  • retrieval from data bases
  • visualization
  • publication of Monte Carlo data as electronic auxilliary material of papers
  • libraries to simplify rading and writing these file formats

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To register please send the following information to by August 15, 2006:

- Name - E-mail - Arrival date - Departure date - Is a hotel resevation needed? - Accompanying persons - Special dietary requirements

There will be no registration fee for the workshop nor the conference dinner.

Time table

A preliminary time table is as follows:

  • 8:30 - 10:00: presentations on existing practice by participants
  • 10:00 - 10:30: coffee break
  • 10:30 - 11:30: brainstorming
  • 11:30 - 13:00: lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00: brainstorming
  • 14:00 - 18:00: design of a standard data format
  • 19:00 - 22:00: workshop dinner

Participants are asked to prepare a short presentation about existing practices in their group.

Current list of Participants

  • Fabricio Albuquerque (ETH)
  • Fabien Alet (Toulouse)
  • Fakher Assaad (W$uuml;rzburg)
  • Bernard Bernu (LPTMC, Paris) via access grid
  • David Ceperley (UIUC and NCSA) via access grid
  • Philippe Corboz (ETH)
  • Lukas Gamper (ETH)
  • Helmut Katzgraber (ETH)
  • Paul Kent (ORNL)
  • Jeongnim Kim (UIUC and NCSA)
  • David Landau (UGA)
  • Andreas L$auml;uchli (EPFL)
  • Hanspeter L$uuml;thi (ETH, chemistry department)
  • Munehisa Matsumoto (ETH)
  • Christian May (ETH)
  • Lode Pollet (ETH)
  • Thomas Schulthess (ORNL)
  • Norbert Stoop (ETH)
  • Synge Todo (Tokyo)
  • Simon Trebst (Santa Barbara) via access grid
  • Matthias Troyer (ETH)
  • Stefan Wessel (Stuttgart)


The presentations have been uploaded to [2]


brainstorming 1

brainstorming 2