Virtual Institute for Scientific Software
VISS supports the launch of a network of scientific software engineering centers at several research universities that are working to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.
The Virtual Institute for Scientific Software seeks to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery through the support and development of better quality, more sustainable scientific software. Starting with a network of four inaugural centers based at the University of Cambridge, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Washington, VISS will address the growing demand for high quality professional software engineers who can build dynamic, scalable, open software to facilitate accelerated scientific discovery across fields. The objective of these scientific software centers is to not only improve the quality of research and accelerate advancements, but to also support longer term platforms and systems that encourage best practice in open science. This will be achieved by providing scientific researchers with access to full-time professional engineers and state of the art technology and techniques such as high-end computing, massive databases, and machine learning.
Advancing Science through Software Engineering
The Software Centers will be run by a major research university chosen by Schmidt Futures, and will collaborate closely with Schmidt Futures’ network of Virtual Institutes, currently focused on the areas of Earth Science and Astrophysics, and projected to grow this year into areas like Advanced Computing and Manufacturing. Each Center will be composed of a Faculty Director, Center Engineering Lead, and a robust team of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) and computational scientists, to be selected by the partner universities. RSEs, highly qualified software experts with dual backgrounds in science, will work closely with university researchers to design and implement platform-grade code to be utilized and expanded over several years.
Inaugural Virtual Institutes for Scientific Software
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Georgia Tech’s center will advance and support scientific research by applying modern software engineering practices, cutting-edge technologies, and modern tools to the development of scientific software. The center will also engage with students and researchers to train the next generation of software engineering leaders."Learn more
University of Cambridge
"This interdisciplinary powerhouse will enable the development of next-generation climate models. We are delighted to be partnering with Schmidt Futures and engaging with the international research community to inform the response to our most urgent global challenge."Learn more
University of Washington
“We are very excited to partner with Schmidt Futures in this next step to bring professional software engineering expertise to campus and lift promising prototype scientific codes developed at the UW and around the world over the technical barriers that limit their scaling, deployment and community adoption."Learn more
Johns Hopkins University
"The VISS is a highly innovative experiment to introduce professional software engineering principles into academic science and engineering projects, and Johns Hopkins is tremendously excited to be a critical part of this future-shaping endeavor.”Learn more
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