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Title: Open-Source Software in Computational Research: A Case Study

A case study of open-source (OS) development of the computational research software MFIX, used for multiphase computational fluid dynamics simulations, is presented here. The verification and validation steps required for constructing modern computational software and the advantages of OS development in those steps are discussed. The infrastructure used for enabling the OS development of MFIX is described. The impact of OS development on computational research and education in gas-solids flow, as well as the dissemination of information to other areas such as geophysical and volcanology research, is demonstrated. This study shows that the advantages of OS development were realized in the case of MFIX: verification by many users, which enhances software quality; the use of software as a means for accumulating and exchanging information; the facilitation of peer review of the results of computational research.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. National Energy Technology Laboratory, P.O. Box 880, Morgantown, WV 26507, USA
  2. Aeolus Research Inc., 18 Cecil Drive, Dunbar, PA 15431, USA
  3. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Building 6012, MS-6367, RM-101, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1198280
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2008; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-08-11 13:23:19; Journal ID: ISSN 1687-5591
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
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Language:
English