Delivery Manager

The delivery manager takes care of the steps corresponding to an irradiation plan. There are two main categories of operations: the geometry transformations and the delivery of particles. Each delivery step consists in a preparatory phase, where the geometry is transformed, followed by a series of delivery actions. The directives found in the input file are parsed in sequential order.

Geometry transformation

These directives allow to move, shift, and rotate regions or groups of regions. By default, all transformations are performed with respect to the global (room) frame of reference. You can also specify a different frame of reference (FoR), so for instance you can rotate the phantom around itself, shift it sideways with respect to another region, etc. The general syntax for the transform: directive is:

transform: regionList action parameters [FoR]


  • regionList: one or more regions or groups of regions to which the transformation is applied.

  • action: transformation operation.

  • parameters: definition of the transformation details.

  • FoR (optional): frame of reference for the transformation:

    • global or room : use the global FoR (default)

    • local or self : use the FoR of each single region, i.e. transform each region with respect to itself

    • regionID : use the FoR of the indicated region

Available actions are:

  • shift_by

    Shift the region by an offset vector [dx,dy,dz]. Syntax:

    transform: regionList shift_by dx dy dz [FoR]


    • shift the phantom by 5 cm along global Z direction

    transform: phantom shift_by 0 0 5
    • shift the phantom by 3 cm along its own left direction

    transform: phantom shift_by 3 0 0 self
    • shift the detector by vector [-1, 3, 7] cm with respect to phantom FoR

    transform: detector shift_by -1 3 7 phantom
  • move_to

    Move the region origin to the position [x,y,z] with respect to global (or indicated) FoR. Syntax:

    transform: regionList move_to x y z [FoR]
  • rotate

    Rotate the region by angle [degree] around the given axis with respect to global (or indicated) FoR. Syntax:

    transform: regionList rotate axis angle [FoR]

Logical operations

It is possible to group several regions, so that operations can be applied to a group using a single directive. Regions or groups can be activated or deactivated at each step, determining which are actually present during a delivery phase.

  • group:

    Defines a group with name groupID containing the regions in regionList. Syntax:

    group: groupID regionList


    • group all Range Shifter plates into a block

    group: RSplateGroup Plate01 Plate02 Plate03 Plate04 Plate05
  • set_parent:

    Region motherRegionID is containing the regions in daughterRegionList. Syntax:

    set_parent: motherRegionID daughterRegionList


    • the gantry region contains the fields and the NozzleGroup

    set_parent: gantry fields NozzleGroup
  • activate:

    Regions in regionList are actually present in the setup. Syntax:

    activate: regionList


    • prepare the delivery of field 1 to the phantom with Range Shifter 1 inserted in the beam

    activate: field_1 RS1 phantom
  • deactivate:

    Regions in regionList are not present in the setup. Syntax:

    deactivate: regionList


    • reset all regions at the beginning of a delivery step

    deactivate: all
    • next delivery has no Range Shifter, so deactivate it

    deactivate: RS

Managing geometry configurations

There are 10 available slots for saving and restoring geometry configurations. The configurations can be saved and restored at any time of the delivery sequence.

  • save_regions:

    Save the current setup to a given slot. Syntax:

    save_regions: slotNum


    • Save the initial configuration to slot no. 0

    save_regions: 0
  • restore:

    Restore the setup saved in the given slot. Syntax:

    restore: slotNum


    • Recall the configuration saved in slot no. 3

    restore: 3

Beam delivery

The delivery of the beam into the prepared setup can be managed at two levels. We can deliver a single field, i.e. all the pencil beams belonging to that field. We can also deliver pencil beam by pencil beam, changing eventually the setup from one pencil beam to the next one. The deliver: directive defines which fields of pencil beam will be delivered. This directive comes with various syntax:

  • deliver all defined fields (this is the default, if no deliver: directives are present)

    deliver: all
  • deliver just selected fields

    deliver: fieldList


    • deliver field 1 and field 2

    deliver: field_1 field_2
  • deliver selected single pencil beam from selected field

    deliver: pb pbNum fieldNum


    • deliver pencil beam 1 of field 1 and then pencil beam 33 of field 2

    deliver: pb 1 1
    deliver: pb 33 2
  • deliver multiple selected pencil beams from selected field

    deliver: pb pbBeg:pbEnd fieldNum


    • deliver pencil beams from 1 to 155 (included) of field number 3

    deliver: pb 1:155 3

Invoking scripts

At different times during a delivery is possible to execute external scritps, e.g. for post-processing a step, collecting data, saving disk space by cleaninig unnecessary output, etc.

It is possible also to queue scritps to be executed at the end of a run, after all beam deliveries have been carried out. This is an opportunity to collect data and info from a simulation just before exiting the program.

  • run_script:

    Invokes the listed scripts in the given order. The number of current delivery step is passed over to the script as first argument. The interpreter to be used is guessed by the script file extension, e.g .sh scripts are executed by sh, and .py scripts are executed by python. Syntax:

    run_script: scriptList


    • deliver field 1 and directly run and then scripts when the delivery finishes. Then do other stuff and deliver field 2 and run the scripts again.

    deliver: field_1
    deliver: field_2
  • add_searchpath:

    Prepends the paths to the list of searched locations. When a script is invoked, the current working directory of the simulation is searched first, then the search paths are followed to find the script. Syntax:

    add_searchpath: pathList


    • Execute the script that is contained in the user repository of FRED scripts /home/user/fred_scripts

    add_searchpath: /home/user/fred_scripts
    deliver: field_1
  • postdelivery_script:

    Appends the listed scripts to the queue of scritps that will be executed just before exiting the program, after all delivery steps are carried out. Syntax:

    postdelivery_script: scriptList


    • Execute script after all delivery

    deliver: field_1
    deliver: field_2
    deliver: field_3