This month, we are preparing for the 2nd Aspect Hackathon, which will bring more than 20 students, postdocs, faculty, and staff together for 10 days to intensively develop the Aspect AMR code for mantle and lithospheric dynamics. The hackathon serves a second purpose: while contributing to the code, the participants gain proficiency in scientific software best practices and in development strategies for Aspect in particular. This diverse group of mainly early-career scholars emerge more skilled numerical modelers, with deeper connections to computational science. Because of this broader impact on training, hackathons are likely to be increasingly popular for CIG in the coming years.
Training is just one of CIG’s broader impacts, created by you, the CIG community. CIG’s infrastructure and the codes we distribute help scientists sustain and increase the impact of their scientific software; software distributed through CIG is used for an impressive range of scientific research and training, including the cryosphere and of other planets. Partnerships with organizations including IRIS and CIDER, have opened up the use of geodynamical modeling to new communities. Sustained cross-disciplinary collaborations between geodynamicists, computational scientists, mathematicians, and information scientists are changing the culture of scientific software development for geodynamics. International collaboration opens up new opportunities for early career CIG scientists. Let us know: what is your favorite broader impact of CIG?