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

Abstract

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:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1198280
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Journal Volume: 2008; Journal ID: ISSN 1687-5591
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication:
Country unknown/Code not available
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Syamlal, Madhava, O'Brien, Thomas J., Benyahia, Sofiane, Gel, Aytekin, and Pannala, Sreekanth. Open-Source Software in Computational Research: A Case Study. Country unknown/Code not available: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.1155/2008/937542.
Syamlal, Madhava, O'Brien, Thomas J., Benyahia, Sofiane, Gel, Aytekin, & Pannala, Sreekanth. Open-Source Software in Computational Research: A Case Study. Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1155/2008/937542.
Syamlal, Madhava, O'Brien, Thomas J., Benyahia, Sofiane, Gel, Aytekin, and Pannala, Sreekanth. Tue . "Open-Source Software in Computational Research: A Case Study". Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1155/2008/937542.
@article{osti_1198280,
title = {Open-Source Software in Computational Research: A Case Study},
author = {Syamlal, Madhava and O'Brien, Thomas J. and Benyahia, Sofiane and Gel, Aytekin and Pannala, Sreekanth},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {10.1155/2008/937542},
journal = {Modelling and Simulation in Engineering},
number = ,
volume = 2008,
place = {Country unknown/Code not available},
year = {2008},
month = {1}
}

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DOI: 10.1155/2008/937542

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