Simplifying complex software assembly: The component retrieval language and implementation

Eric L. Seidel, Gabrielle Allen, Steven Brandt, Frank Löffler, Erik Schnetter

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Assembling simulation software along with the associated tools and utilities is a challenging endeavor, particularly when the components are distributed across multiple source code versioning systems. It is problematic for researchers compiling and running the software across many difierent supercomputers, as well as for novices in a field who are often presented with a bewildering list of software to collect and install. In this paper, we describe a language (CRL) for specifying software components with the details needed to obtain them from source code repositories. The language supports public and private access. We describe a tool called GetComponents which implements CRL and can be used to assemble software. We demonstrate the tool for application scenarios with the Cactus Framework on the NSF TeraGrid resources. The tool itself is distributed with an open source license and freely available from our web page.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 TeraGrid Conference, TG '10
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 TeraGrid Conference, TG '10 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2010Aug 5 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 TeraGrid Conference, TG '10


Other2010 TeraGrid Conference, TG '10
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture

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