<span class="var-sub_title">Training Computational Scientists to Build and Package Code</span> SC18 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Fifth SC Workshop on Best Practices for HPC Training and Education


Training Computational Scientists to Build and Package Code

Abstract: High performance computing training and education typically emphasizes the first-principles of scientific programming, such as numerical algorithms and parallel programming techniques. However, as applications and libraries proliferate on the Internet and mature, the need for computational scientists to write their own libraries and applications is decreasing. Instead, many computational scientists need to know how to compile and link to applications built by others. Likewise, those who create the libraries and applications need to understand how to organize their code to make it as portable as possible and package it so that it is straight-forward for others to use. These topics are not currently addressed by the current HPC training curriculum and users are typically left to develop their own approaches. This work will discuss observations made by the author over the last 20 years regarding the common problems encountered in the scientific community when developing their own codes and building codes written by other computational scientists. Recommendations will be provided for a training curriculum to address these shortcomings.

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