Future of Monte Carlo simulations of atmospheric showers
1 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) , IKP, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
2 Simulation Lab E&A Particles, SCC, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Published online: 26 March 2015
In 2013, the air shower simulation model CORSIKA had a major release opening new windows in term of uncertainty due to hadronic interaction models and of simulation time. On the one hand, the two hadronic models EPOS and QGSJETII were updated taking into account new LHC data. As a consequence the uncertainties in air shower observables were reduced by about a factor of 2 at the highest energies. On the second hand, two new possibilites of running CORSIKA were introduced: either in a parallel mode on big CPU clusters allowing the simulation of unthinned showers in a reasonable time, or using cascade equations to reduce the simulation time by about of factor of 10 on a single CPU. All these improvements will be presented.
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