TOP Webinar 20, February 24, 2022, Tuesday, CET 16:00-17:30

We’re pleased to announce the program of a special session: Future of Scientific and Engineering Computing in Research Community and Industry. It is scheduled for February 24th, at CET 16:00 (7:00 Los Angeles, 10:00 New York, 16:00 Paris, 22:00 Beijing, 24:00 Sydney).

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This special session is kindly organized by Prof. H. Alicia Kim and Dr. Jaeyub Hyun, from UC San Diego.

1 Building Software Communities. Dr Daniel Katz (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)
2 Please Steal My Research: I’ll tell you anything you want to know. Dr Justin Gray (NASA Glenn)
3 Open-discussion on open-source/software/benchmarking in topology optimization

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1 Building Software Communities. Dr Daniel Katz (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)
Abstract: Research disciplines typically use software as one of their research methods, and develop (and ideally share) software during the research process. This talk will discuss efforts in different communities to improve the software used by those communities, which can include topics like sharing work on commonly used software, standardizing interfaces, raising the recognition of software developers. Such work has been occurring in multiple communities, and this talk will look at common elements across these communities, some of which could be applied to the topology optimization community.
Bio: Daniel S. Katz is Chief Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Research Associate Professor in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His interest is in the development and use of advanced cyberinfrastructure to solve challenging problems at multiple scales. His technical research interests are in applications, algorithms, fault tolerance, and programming in parallel and distributed computing, including HPC, Grid, Cloud, etc. He is also interested in policy issues, including citation and credit mechanisms and practices associated with software and data, organization and community practices for collaboration, and career paths for computing researchers. He is a founding editor and current Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open Source Software, and co-founded the US Research Software Engineer Association (US-RSE) and the Research Software Alliance (ReSA).

2 Please Steal My Research: I’ll tell you anything you want to know. Dr Justin Gray (NASA Glenn)
Abstract: If you write software as part of our research then you may have considered releasing it as open source. It’s a good way to build collaborations and increase the impact of your work, but it also gives others the chance to see what your doing and  potentially beat you to the next innovation. In other words, someone might effectively steal your work! So open-source can sometimes be a bit of a double-edged sword. However, there are ways to make it work. It is possible to share your work as you develop it, have people adopt your code, and still get the credit you deserve. NASA’s OpenMDAO research does all our development out in the open, on a public repository. We’ve had other researchers collaborate on the work, and borrow from it, and criticize it. This talk covers the OpenMDAO open-source development philosophy and how it has been a key to the success of the project.
Bio: Justin Gray has worked at NASA Glenn for 18 years, serving as a systems analyst and design optimization expert. He has led the development of NASA’s OpenMDAO framework, an open-source optimization platform, since 2010. He’s actively contributed to 5 different open source engineering design codes, and generally makes a habit of doing his research out in the open for everyone to see.

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