Software Engineering for Computational Science and Engineering on Supercomputers (SC16 BOF)

A Birds of a Feather session at SC16, on Thursday 17 November 2016

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Software engineering (SWE) for computational science and engineering (CSE) is challenging, with more sophisticated, higher fidelity simulation of larger and more complex problems involving larger data volumes, more domains, and more researchers. Targeting high-end computers multiplies these challenges. We invest a great deal in creating these codes, but we rarely talk about that experience. Instead we focus on the results.

Our goal is to raise awareness of SWE for CSE on supercomputers as a major challenge and to begin the development of an international “community of practice” to continue these important discussions outside of annual workshops and other “traditional” venues.


Time Topic Speaker
3 min Introduction and Goals David Bernholdt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
10 min Formal Methods for HPC: Correct Dosage
Abstract: HPC software is characterized by its inclusion of domain mathematics, parallelism for scale, and longevity (when successful). Formal methods have an important role to play in helping avoid bugs, but the dosage depends on the scale of application (e.g. library functions or whole applications). We will briefly showcase two projects, one where a higher dosage was possible for tuning the precision of small floating-point routines, and another where large-scale data race checking of OpenMP programs relied more on good tool engineering.
Ganesh Gopalakrisnhan, University of Utah
27 min Lightning Talks  
40 min General Discussion  
10 min Wrap-Up and Next Steps  

Lightning Talks

Nr. Title Speaker
1 Software Citation Principles Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois
2 Collaborating with academics to build software: some ways to fail James Hetherington, University College London
3 Software Fellowship Programme (UK Software Sustainability Institute) Aleksandra Pawlik, New Zealand e-Science Infrastructure
4 Is generic HPC Carpentry possible? Experiences from the community Aleksandra Pawlik, New Zealand e-Science Infrastructure
5 Practical Software Sustainability @ The Netherlands eScience Center Jason Maassen, Netherland e-Science Center
6 SC17: initiatives to improve inclusion in HPC Toni Collis, EPCC
7 NSF Program Perspectives on Software Engineering in Science Software Projects Rajiv Ramnath, National Science Foundation (US)
8 The Science Gateways Community Institute Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, SDSC/UCSD
9 The ACME Climate Project Learning Initiative: A Cheatsheet Mike Heroux, Sandia National Laboratories

Discussion Notes


Name Affiliation
David E. Bernholdt Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jeffrey Carver University of Alabama
Neil Chue Hong University of Edinburgh
Mike Heroux Sandia National Laboratories
Daniel S. Katz University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
James Lin Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Kengo Nakajima University of Tokyo

Suggested Citation

David E. Bernholdt, Jeffrey Carver, Neil Chue Hong, Mike Heroux, Daniel S. Katz, James Lin, and Kengo Nakajima, organizers, Birds of a Feather session on Software Engineering for Computational Science and Engineering on Supercomputers, in International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC ‘16), Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2016. URL: https://betterscientificsoftware.github.io/swe-cse-bof/2016-11-sc16-bof/.

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