Validating Installation

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Benchmarks tests

!!! Warning: benchmark tests are only provided for Gate compiled with Geant 10.3 distribution !!!

In order to ensure regular updates of the revised Gate software modules to be developed and ensure a faster public release, we have included in Gate V8.0 a new benchmarking system. It provides 3 benchmark tests dedicated to radiation therapy applications and 4 to imaging applications.

Radiation therapy applications benchmark tests

All these tests are located in benchmarks/benchRT folder.

They all consists of a water box through which a gamma (gamma.mac), a proton (proton.mac), and a carbon (carbon.mac) beam is launched.

They all have a less than 10-seconde duration.


Imaging applications benchmark tests

All these tests are located in benchmarks/benchImaging folder.

The optical test mimics a bioluminescence experiment using optical photon as source distribution (optical.mac)


The CT test consists of a CTScanner system together with an X-ray source distribution defined using a histogram (ct.mac)


The SPECT test consists of a SPECTHead system in orbiting movement together with a 140 keV-gamma ray source distribution (spect.mac)


The PET test consists of a ECAT system together with a voxelized phantom of human brain and a source distribution of 18-F (pet.mac)


They all have a less than 1-minute duration.

How to run tests

All benchmark tests can be run with 3 different methods:

1. Automatically, every night in the dashboard See:

2. Manually, by executing make test after completing the build process

Be careful, it requires some prior adjustments in CMake configuration


After make and make install, you just have to type make test to automatically run all the tests

At the end of make test process, you should see:

Running tests...
Test project /PATH_TO/gate_v8.0-build
    Start 1: benchRT_gamma
1/7 Test #1: benchRT_gamma ....................   Passed   15.04 sec
    Start 2: benchRT_proton
2/7 Test #2: benchRT_proton ...................   Passed    1.55 sec
    Start 3: benchRT_carbon
3/7 Test #3: benchRT_carbon ...................   Passed    6.11 sec
    Start 4: benchImaging_ct
4/7 Test #4: benchImaging_ct ..................   Passed   37.71 sec
    Start 5: benchImaging_optical
5/7 Test #5: benchImaging_optical .............   Passed    4.09 sec
    Start 6: benchImaging_spect
6/7 Test #6: benchImaging_spect ...............   Passed   27.70 sec
    Start 7: benchImaging_pet
7/7 Test #7: benchImaging_pet .................   Passed   14.18 sec
100% tests passed, 0 tests failed out of 7
Total Test time (real) = 106.38 sec

3. Manually, by running the same shell script for each test In /PATH_TO/benchmarks folder, type

./ <folder>  <testname>

For instance : ./ benchRT gamma

This script will do the following:

  • Sanity checks
  • Execute Gate, generate a log
  • Get reference results (downloaded by CMake)
  • Perform some diff commands
  • Return result (success/failure)

This script needs data and macro files (in /data and /mac folders, respectively) + parameters : testname.txt

  • Contains the list of files to be compared
  • Tools to perfom the comparisons: diff, diff_stat, diff_dose ...

If everything went well, you should see at the end of each test:

exit_status_final is:
(Gate output in gate_simulation_log.txt)