The 8th Annual

Scientific Software Days Conference

Austin, Texas

April 27–28, 2017


Scientific Software Days (SSD) is a successful regional conference that has been held for eight years running at the University of Texas, Austin. This year we are seeking to expand the impact of the conference to a national scale. The target audience are users and developers of scientific software, and the goals of the conference are two fold:

  1. Share best practices among scientific software communities.
  2. Share the latest tools and technology relevant to scientific software.

Past keynotes speakers include Greg Wilson (2008), Victoria Stodden (2009), Steve Easterbrook (2010), Fernando Perez (2011), Aleksandra Pawlik and Will Schroeder (2012), Neil Chue Hong (2013), Jeff Hammond and Robert van de Geijn (2016).

Keynote Speakers

Beatrice Riviere Rice University

“Software development for porous media modeling”

  • Professor, Noah G. Haring Chair, Computational and Applied Mathematics Department
  • Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics (2000), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics (1996), Pennsylvania State University
  • Diplome d’Ingenieur de l’Ecole Centrale de Lyon (1995)
  • Licence de Mathematiques, Universite Claude Bernard de Lyon (1993)

Mark Hoemmen Sandia National Laboratories

“Thread parallelism in Trilinos' sparse linear algebra interfaces and linear solvers”

[slides (.pptx)]
  • Senior Computational Scientist
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Sherry Li Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

“Experience of developing sparse matrix algorithms and software for sustainability” [slides (.pdf)]

Wolfgang Bangerth Colorado State University

“Lessons from running open source projects: Building sustainable software and sustainable communities”
[slides (.pdf)]

Dan Negrut University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Computational Dynamics with Chrono: From Granular Dynamics to Additive Manufacturing to Autonomous Vehicle Simulation”
[slides (folder)]

Lois Curfman McInnes Argonne National Laboratory

“Toward Productive and Sustainable Community Software Ecosystems for Computational Science”
[slides (.pdf)]

Chris Simmons University of Texas at Austin

“Building Confidence in Other People's Software” [slides (.pdf)]

Jim Bowring College of Charleston

“Advanced Cyber Infrastructure for Geochronology as a Collaborative Endeavor: A Decade of Progress, A Decade of Plans”

Paul Bauman SUNY Buffalo

“Hands-on GRINS workshop”

Jerome Vienne Texas Advanced Computing Center

“MPI Tuning Workshop”
[slides (folder)]

Workshop information

Two parallel workshops will be held on the second day. These workshops are hands-on and participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to follow along with the material.


Thur., Apr. 27
8:00–9:00 Registration/Breakfast
9:00–10:00 Keynote: Beatrice Riviere
10:00–10:30 Coffee
10:30–11:05 Chris Simmons
11:05–11:40 Wolfgang Bangerth
11:40–12:15 Lois Curfman McInnes
12:15–1:30 Lunch
1:30–2:05 Jim Bowring
2:05–2:40 Dan Negrut
2:40–3:15 Sherry Li
3:15–4:30 SIAM Student Chapter Social Hour
Fri., Apr. 28
7:45–8:15 Breakfast
8:15–9:15 Keynote: Mark Hoemmen
9:15–9:30 Coffee
9:30–11:45 GRINS Workshop: Paul Bauman // MPI Tuning Workshop: Jerome Vienne
11:45–12:45 Lunch
12:45–1:30 GRINS Workshop: Paul Bauman // MPI Tuning Workshop: Jerome Vienne


Conference registration is done through Eventbrite. Click the 'Register' button and you can then select what type of registration (student vs. non-student) to purchase.

  • If you register as a student, please remember to bring valid student ID with you to the event.
  • Refunds will be allowed up until two weeks before the event.
  • To present proof of your registration purchase at the conference, please either print out your ticket or use the Eventbrite mobile app to present your ticket.

Location & Travel

Travel Support

The conference has a limited amount of funding to support students traveling to the conference. Priority will be given to members of underrepresented groups (underrepresented genders, underrepresented races, and persons with disabilities).

To apply for travel support, please fill out this Google Form.


Talks will be held in the Avaya Auditorium in the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building on the corner of East 24th Street & Speedway on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

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There is no reserved conference hotel block, but here are some options that are reasonably convenient:


Public transportation: Capital Metro has frequent routes to and from the UT campus; UT-specific route information can be found here. Route 7 is the nearest route for the Embassy Suites hotel; routes 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8 all go from campus to stops downtown, as well as the 801 rapid. Capital Metro also has buses to and from the airport.

Visitor parking information for UT Austin can be found here.

Steering Committee

Organizing Committee