Scientific Software Days 2017

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:

  • Share best practices among scientific software communities.
  • 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

Mark Hoemmen Sandia National Laboratories

Thread parallelism in Trilinos' sparse linear algebra interfaces and linear solvers slides (.pptx)


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.

Register (redirects to Eventbrite) (inactive)

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 (inactive).


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.


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