Testing made easy

Date and Time: 
2014 April 8th @ 1:30pm
CG1 Auditorium
Robert McLay

Incorporating testing as part of a software development project, while always seen as a noble goal, is typically not done in many projects, especially in academic ones. This talk will cover some easy ways to make testing part of projects that do numerical work. Most programs either grow or die. New requirement come in and require refactoring. Testing can make this process easier and even enjoyable.

Speaker Description: 

Doctor Robert McLay received bachelors and masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D in Engineering Mechanics from The University of Texas at Austin. His research include C++ software development, regression testing, and software tools, all related to large parallel numerical simulation codes. In particular, he has done work in parallel finite-element programs solving incompressible fluid flow and heat transfer.

His interest in software tools and support of HPC programming environments has lead to his development of Lmod, a modern replacement for Environment Modules system. Lmod's major advantages are protect all users from loading incompatible software without hindering experts. This work as lead to an interest in tracking the software usage through the module system.

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