Open-source software in computational research: A case study

Madhava Syamlal, Thomas J. O'Brien, Sofiane Benyahia, Aytekin Gel, Sreekanth Pannala

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number937542
JournalModelling and Simulation in Engineering
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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