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User Requirements :

Geant4-DNA . User Requirements :. Capture. Maria Grazia Pia Genova, 29 September 2000. Visualisation requirements DNA and cellular structures visualisation; particle tracks Visualisation of biological and chemical processes; visualisation of DNA ruptures Scaling and zooming

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User Requirements :

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  1. Geant4-DNA User Requirements: Capture Maria Grazia Pia Genova, 29 September 2000

  2. Visualisation requirements DNA and cellular structures visualisation; particle tracks Visualisation of biological and chemical processes; visualisation of DNA ruptures Scaling and zooming General simulation and data analysis requirements Hierarchy and scalability of the simulation Combination of DNA and cellular simulation results ultimately to macroscopic biological predictions Run-time requirements Identification of areas where new physics data or models are required Identification of areas where biological information, data or theories are currently missing Physics and processes requirements Heavy ion interactions with molecular structures Low energy electromagnetic interactions Step size and energy loss requirements; secondary particle production Other physics and processes required in biological targets in general, and in the vicinity of cells and DNA molecules in particular Consideration of biological processes (such as DNA repair mechanisms, apoptosis) vs. physical processes Geometry requirements Implementation of the structure of the DNA Implementation of the composition of the DNA Other cellular structures Shielding provided by the biological tissue Work Package 2: Collection of UR

  3. Capture of user requirements • It is the process of gathering information about user needs • PSS-05 recommends that: • UR should be clarified through criticism and experience of existing software and prototypes • wide agreement should be established through interviews and surveys • knowledge and experience of the potential development organizations should be used to help decide on implementation feasibility and build prototypes

  4. Methods for User Requirements capture • Interviews and surveys • Must be structured, to make sure that all issues are covered • Useful to ensure that UR are complete and there is wide agreement • Studies of existing software • Good or bad features of existing software can identify requirements for the new software • Feasibility studies • Analysis and design of the principal features of the system may show whether implementation is possible • Prototyping • Useful especially if requirements are unclear or incomplete • The prototype is based on tentative requirements, then explore what is really wanted • Use cases and scenarios • Thinking systematically in a variety of situations

  5. Problems in Requirements Elicitation • Users may know what they want, but are unable to articulate the requirements • Users may not know what is technologically capable and may not consider what is possible • Users may have reasons for not wanting to communicate the requirements • Users and developers sometimes do not speak the same language • No single user has all the answers, the requirements will most likely come from many sources • Developers may not have the necessary skills to get the requirements from the users • Developers sometimes do not appreciate the needs or concerns of the users • Developers sometimes tend to bulldoze the users into agreeing on the developers requirements

  6. Let’s define Milestones Project paths Tasks Responsibilities Proposal of Project paths Geometry UR Physics UR + missing models, data Biology UR + missing models, data Visualisation UR General simulation UR Proposal of organization Goal: producing the URD according to the contract schedule (1 March 2001) • Proposal of Milestones • 31/10/2000All preparatory material ready • 30/11/2000 1st list of UR • 20/12/2000 1st URD draft • 15/01/2001 Iteration on the list of UR • 7/02/2001 2nd URD draft • 20/02/2001 Final URD Proposal of Tasks(all/some for each path) • analysis of existing software, models • survey, produce list, work plan • prototypes • decide which, produce list, work plan • elicitation through interviews and surveys • prepare template questionnaire, list of candidates • discussion with Geant4 experts about feasibility

  7. Responsibilities • A responsible for each Project Path • A Working Group for each Project Path • decide the strategies to adopt (in collaboration with Project Coordinators) • capture requirements • write specifications • do requirement analysis Deliverables • A work plan by each Project Path responsible (15/10/2000) • which approaches to adopt • list of tasks to perform • responsibilities within the Working Group • Preparatory material (31/10/2000) to be discussed with Project Coordinators • Questionnaire, list of sw codes, of prototypes to build, of people to contact for surveys etc. • UR lists and URD drafts for the Project Path, according to Milestones

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