Software Productivity and Sustainability

a track presented at

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

on 8:30 am - 9:00 pm CDT (UTC-5) Thursday 11 August 2022

Presenters: David E. Bernholdt (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Anshu Dubey (Argonne National Laboratory), Todd Gamblin (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Jared O'Neal (Argonne National Laboratory), and Boyana R. Norris (University of Oregon)

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The BSSw tutorial focuses on issues of developer productivity, software sustainability, and reproducibility in scientific research software, particularly targeting high-performance computers.


Time (CDT)TitlePresenter
8:30 AMIntroduction David E. Bernholdt (ORNL)
8:35 AMMotivation and Overview of Best Practices in HPC Software Development David E. Bernholdt (ORNL)
9:15 AMScientific Software Design Anshu Dubey (ANL)
10:00 AMBreak
10:30 AMAn Introduction to Software Licensing David E. Bernholdt (ORNL)
11:30 AMSpack: Package Management for HPC Todd Gamblin (LLNL)
12:30 PMLunch
1:30 PMSoftware Testing and Verification Anshu Dubey (ANL)
2:15 PMLab Notebooks for Computational Mathematics, Sciences, & Engineering Jared O'Neal (ANL)
3:00 PMBreak
3:30 PMManaging Computational Experiments Jared O'Neal (ANL) and Anshu Dubey (ANL)
4:15 PMUnderstanding Your Software Development Boyana R. Norris (UO)
5:15 PMBreakouts: Spack Hands-On or General DiscussionAll
6:15 PMDinner and After-Dinner Talk
8:15 PMOptional Evening Discussion SessionAll
9:00 PMAdjourn

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David E. Bernholdt, Anshu Dubey, Todd Gamblin, Jared O’Neal, and Boyana R. Norris, Software Productivity and Sustainability track, in Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, St. Charles, Illinois, 2022. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.20416215.

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This tutorial is produced by the IDEAS Productivity project.

This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), and by the Exascale Computing Project (17-SC-20-SC), a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration.