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Sustainable Software

Scientific software is a significant investment that is critical to the overall scientific enterprise. Sustainable software protects that investment to ensure quality science now and in the future. Software sustainability includes testing and release practices that ensure and maintain the quality of the software. It also includes general approaches to software updates and enhancements, as well as deployment strategies and user outreach. Sustainable software is important for projects of varying sizes, from single-investigator libraries up to large computing infrastructure efforts such as the Exascale Computing Project. By constantly improving the practices and knowledge around sustainable software, we aim to create a broad and supportive community of researchers and engineers performing state-of-the-art software development for all aspects of publicly funded science.


Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES)

We lead the software development team to ensure timely, reliable, documented, usable and transparent releases of the Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES) project. Contact: Dan Gunterthe IDAES team


LBNL leads the software development team to ensure timely, reliable, documented, usable and transparent releases of the Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES) project. Contact: Keith Beattie


We lead the software release management for the Produced Water Application for Beneficial Reuse, Environmental Impact and Treatment Optimization (PARETO), which develops an open-source, optimization-based, downloadable and executable produced water decision-support application that can be run by upstream operators, midstream companies, technology providers, water end users, research organizations and regulators. Contact: Keith Beattie


We lead the software release management for the Design Integration and Synthesis Platform to Advance Tightly Coupled Hybrid Energy Systems (DISPATCHES), part of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC). DISPATCHES is developed and used to identify and optimize Integrated Energy Systems for operation within the bulk power system via energy market signals. Contact: Keith Beattie

Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact (CCSI2)

The Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact (CCSI2) is a partnership among national laboratories, industry and academic institutions that will apply cutting edge computational modeling and simulation tools to accelerate the commercialization of carbon capture technologies from discovery to development, demonstration, and ultimately the widespread deployment to hundreds of power plants. The CCSI2 initiative will apply the advanced simulation tools developed by its predecessor project, the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). The CCSI Computational Toolset is a comprehensive, integrated suite of validated science-based computational models, the use of which will increase confidence in equipment and process designs, thereby reducing the risk associated with incorporating multiple innovative technologies into new carbon capture solutions. The scientific underpinnings encoded into the suite of models will also ensure that learning will be maximized through development of successive technology generations. Contact: Keith Beattie


We lead the development of AMReX, an internationally recognized software framework for massively parallel, block-structured adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) applications, with additional capabilities for particles, complex geometry, and geometric multigrid solvers. Contact: Andrew Myers


How AMReX is Influencing the Exascale Landscape

October 12, 2021

Andrew Myers — a computer systems engineer in Berkeley Lab’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering and a member of the AMReX core development team — looks at the influence of the AMReX software framework on a broad spectrum of scientific applications, both within ECP and outside the ECP program. Read More »

Berkeley Lab’s PARETO Wins Award for Engineering Innovation

August 2, 2022

The Produced Water Optimization Program (PARETO) framework, a collaboration between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, was named a winner in Hart Energy’s 2022 Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation for its water management capabilities. Read More »

IDAES Honored with R&D100 Award

October 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Institute for the Design of Advanced Energy Systems (IDAES) is the winner of a prestigious 2020 R&D100 award, which recognizes the developers of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the last year. Read More »