We describe the open-source global fitting package GAMBIT: the Global And Modular Beyond-the-Standard-Model Inference Tool. GAMBIT combines extensive calculations of observables and likelihoods in particle and astroparticle physics with a hierarchical model database, advanced tools for automatically building analyses of essentially any model, a flexible and powerful system for interfacing to external codes, a suite of different statistical methods and parameter scanning algorithms, and a host of other utilities designed to make scans faster, safer and more easily-extendible than in the past. Here we give a detailed description of the framework, its design and motivation, and the current models and other specific components presently implemented in GAMBIT. Accompanying papers deal with individual modules and present first GAMBIT results. GAMBIT can be downloaded from gambit.hepforge.org.
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Acknowledgements We warmly thank the Casa Matemáticas Oaxaca, affiliated with the Banff International Research Station, for hospitality whilst part of this work was completed, and the staff at Cyfronet, for their always helpful supercomputing support. GAMBIT has been supported by STFC (UK; ST/K00414X/1, ST/P000762/1), the Royal Society (UK; UF110191), Glasgow University (UK; Leadership Fellowship), the Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO 230546/F20), NOTUR (Norway; NN9284K), the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (Sweden; Wallenberg Academy Fellowship), the Swedish Research Council (621-2014-5772), the Australian Research Council (CE110001004, FT130100018, FT140100244, FT160100274), The University of Sydney (Australia; IRCA-G162448), PLGrid Infrastructure (Poland), Polish National Science Center (Sonata UMO-2015/17/D/ST2/03532), the Swiss National Science Foundation (PP00P2-144674), European Commission Horizon 2020 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015-691164, European Research Council Starting Grant ERC-2014-STG-638528), the ERA-CAN+ Twinning Program (EU & Canada), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-Vidi 016.149.331), the National Science Foundation (USA; DGE-1339067), the FRQNT (Québec) and NSERC/The Canadian Tri-Agencies Research Councils (BPDF-424460-2012).
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