A survey of the practice of computational science

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationState of the Practice Reports, SC'11
StatePublished - 2011
EventState of the Practice Reports, SC'11 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2011Nov 18 2011

Publication series

NameState of the Practice Reports, SC'11


OtherState of the Practice Reports, SC'11
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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