Computer science professor named BSSw Fellow

Dr. Jeffrey Carver, a professor of computer science at The University of Alabama, has been named as one of the four inaugural fellows of the Better Scientific Software (BSSw) project, a program that gives recognition and funding to leaders and advocates of high-quality software.

Carver was recognized for this achievement during the second annual meeting of the Exascale Computing Project in February 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received $10,000 for an activity that promotes better scientific software.

“As a software engineering researcher who has been working with scientific software for the past decade, I was excited to receive this fellowship as a recognition of the importance of using properly tailored software engineering practices to support the development of scientific software,” Carver said.

Carver’s work will focus on the development and delivery of a tutorial on peer code review in scientific software. Peer code review is used frequently in traditional software development by industry, including Microsoft and Google, and by open source software projects. By adapting this practice for scientific software, Carver’s group will help increase the quality and sustainability of scientific software.

With this award, Carver, and his research group, plan to deliver the tutorial in venues frequented by scientific software developers, such as SuperComputing and eScience.

BSSw, a community of researchers, practitioners and stakeholders from national laboratories, academic institutions and industry, is dedicated to creating and disseminating information that leads to improved scientific software. This improved software will advance computational science and engineering in general, with a particular focus on high-performance (parallel) computing.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.