CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 6th ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DAYS
Deadline for Proposals: Nov 1, 2012
University of Texas at Austin
December 17, 2012
9 AM – 5 PM
Scientists use software for their research. Some of them also develop
computational software as part of their research. Scientific Software
Days is an ongoing meeting of users and producers of scientific
software, with presentations by scientific software tool makers and
the users of their tools. The objective is to build cross-disciplinary
community and skills in the diverse set of users and developers of
scientific software, both academic and industrial.
Most groups that use supercomputing cope with their scientific
software environment in isolation, not always
relying on prepackaged “canned” solutions. Many successful lines of
research and development are achieved, but many times less than
optimal paths are taken, simply because computing is done by people
stretched between computational skills and skills in the relevant
science and engineering specialties. Available tools and methods are
not always known to the people who need them, and time pressure makes
it hard to make the best use of the tools available. Support staff at
supercomputing centers is stretched and is best at responding to
specific issues rather than offering broad support.
We seek to build a community to address these needs. The Scientific
Software Days at UT Austin is intended to nucleate that community. If
you are involved in any end use or development of scientific software,
you can benefit from and contribute to this goal.
This is, therefore, a somewhat unusual call for presentations. Ideal
presentations for Scientific Software Days are of two types:
presentations of generic tools that can be used in scientific
software development and deployment
presentations of specific work, focusing on experience in
developing scientific software, workflows, and tool chains. We are
especially seeking presentations of the second type.
We would appreciate a brief introduction to your work intended for a
general scientific audience, and then a focus on your workflow or any
particular aspect of it that presented particular challenges or
required original solutions. The target audience will be a broad
selection of the scientific and engineering communities with a
particular interest in supercomputing. Let’s get to know each other
and learn from one another.