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A Survey of the Practice of Computational Science

SESSION: State of the Practice - Applications

EVENT TYPE: State of the Practice

TIME: 10:30AM - 11:00AM


AUTHOR(S):Prakash Prabhu, Thomas B. Jablin, Arun Raman, Yun Zhang, Jialu Huang, Hanjun Kim, Nick P. Johnson, Feng Liu, Soumyadeep Ghosh, Stephen Beard, Matthew Zoufaly, Taewook Oh, David Walker, David I. August


Computing plays an indispensable role in scientific research. Presently, researchers in science have different problems, needs, and beliefs about computation than professional programmers. In order to accelerate the progress of science, computer scientists must understand these problems, needs, and beliefs. To this end, this paper presents a survey of scientists from diverse disciplines, practicing computational science at a doctoral-granting university with very high research activity. The survey covers many things, among them, prevalent programming practices within this scientific community, the importance of computational power in different fields, use of tools to enhance performance and software productivity, computational resources leveraged, and prevalence of parallel computation. The results reveal several patterns that suggest interesting avenues to bridge the gap between scientific researchers and programming tools developers.

Chair/Author Details:

Julia Mullen (Chair) - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Prakash Prabhu - Princeton University

Thomas B. Jablin - Princeton University

Arun Raman - Princeton University

Yun Zhang - Princeton University

Jialu Huang - Princeton University

Hanjun Kim - Princeton University

Nick P. Johnson - Princeton University

Feng Liu - Princeton University

Soumyadeep Ghosh - Princeton University

Stephen Beard - Princeton University

Matthew Zoufaly - Princeton University

Taewook Oh - Princeton University

David Walker - Princeton University

David I. August - Princeton University

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