Collaboration yields open source technology for computational science

October 28, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 28, 2016--The gap between the computational science and open source software communities just got smaller - thanks to an international collaboration among national laboratories, universities and industry.

The Eclipse Science Working Group (SWG), a global community for individuals and organizations who collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software, recently released five projects aimed at expediting scientific breakthroughs by simplifying and streamlining computational science workflows.

While computational science has made a great impact across the scientific spectrum, from climate change to astrophysics to genomics, today's data-centric simulation environments require enhanced analysis, visualization, and workflow management to further reduce time to solution and increase the frequency of research breakthroughs. Hence Eclipse's software release.

"Oak Ridge National Laboratory is renowned for its hardware--like Titan, the world's third fastest supercomputer--but we are also leaders in scientific software development," said Jay Billings, the SWG Chair and a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "The Science Working Group has not only helped us create software to simplify complex computational science but it has also allowed us to become a part of a thriving community that focuses on collaboration, interoperability, and cutting edge research."

That community extends far beyond Oak Ridge into the wider national laboratory complex.

"The Eclipse Science Working Group provides an open, international forum for design and development of critical components of scientific software, bringing together a diverse set of application requirements drivers and software architects to address the challenges of next-generation scientific computing," said Robert Clay of Sandia National Laboratory.

Likewise, small businesses are also engaged as either members of the group or consumers of its software. Dr. Gerald Sabin from RNET Technologies, Inc., a Dayton Ohio-area firm focused on high-performance computing research noted: "The ICE workflow environment is an ideal platform for us to develop a cutting-edge, cloud-based collaboration environment to support scientific computing. The licensing model and openness of the Science Working Group is to our advantage."

The open source projects, which represent years of development and thousands of users, are the product of intense collaboration among SWG members including ORNL, Diamond Light Source, Itema AS, iSencia, Kichwa Coders, Lablicate GmbH and others. The five projects are:The software downloads are available here:

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"Open source is having tremendous impact on both productivity and innovation in industry, government, and academia," explained Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich. "The Eclipse Science Working Group is a great example of how world-leading scientific research organizations like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Diamond Light Source, and others can collaborate on delivering free software that will enable the next major scientific breakthrough. This is an important advancement for the scientific research community, and we are proud to be hosting the collaboration at the Eclipse Foundation."

More information on the Science Working Group is available on their website.

ORNL's Eclipse projects are currently supported by DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office and have previously received support from DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy.

DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office supports applied research, development and demonstration of new materials and processes for energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as platform technologies for the manufacturing of clean energy products.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the DOE's Office of Science. The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.

Eclipse is a community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on open source software. There are over 300 open source projects in the Eclipse community, ranging from tools for software developers, geo-spatial technology, system engineering and embedded development tools, frameworks for IoT solutions, tool for scientific research, and much more. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that is the steward of the Eclipse community. More information is available at
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Caption 1: The Eclipse Integrated Computational Environment (ICE) is a scientific workbench and workflow environment developed to improve the user experience for computational scientists.

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Caption 2: Additive manufacturing researchers at DOE's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL use the ICE workbench and EAVP 3D visualizations to analyze pre- and post-processing in thermomechanical simulations of binder jet-printed cantilevers.

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