On September 18 to 20, the first annual OSIRIS Users and Developers Workshop was held at UCLA. The aims of the workshop were to introduce users to the new features and design of our plasma simulation code OSIRIS 4.0, to allow OSIRIS users to share experiences and discuss best practices, to identify useful test and demonstration problems, to discuss how to transition from being a user to an active developer, and to identify areas for near term software improvements and a community strategy for carrying out necessary developments.
There were over 60 attendees from the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with widely ranging experiences and expertise. It was a great success, with many discussions and new collaborations and friendships.
The agenda, as well as copies of many of the talks, can be found on our Presentations page. A summary of the workshop will be posted soon.
The OSIRIS Users and Developers Workshop will be held annually and alternate between IST in Portugal and UCLA in the U.S. With an active and growing user base that includes over 25 research groups and over 100 users worldwide, the continued success of OSIRIS will benefit greatly from maintaining active community engagement and involvement. Not only is OSIRIS a premiere particle-in-cell simulation tool, it is also a continuously evolving and very complex piece of software. We recognize that it is essential to communicate effectively with our user base and to develop tools which allow us to effectively manage feature development, code dissemination, and code documentation.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the OSIRIS community as a user and/or developer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.