A Survey of Computational Tools in Solar Physics

dc.contributor.authorBobra, Monica G.en
dc.contributor.authorMumford, Stuart J.en
dc.contributor.authorHewett, Russell J.en
dc.contributor.authorChriste, Steven D.en
dc.contributor.authorReardon, Kevinen
dc.contributor.authorSavage, Sabrinaen
dc.contributor.authorIreland, Jacken
dc.contributor.authorPereira, Tiago M. D.en
dc.contributor.authorChen, Binen
dc.contributor.authorPerez-Suarez, Daviden
dc.contributor.departmentMathematicsen
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-05T14:13:20Zen
dc.date.available2021-01-05T14:13:20Zen
dc.date.issued2020-04-20en
dc.description.abstractThe SunPy Project developed a 13-question survey to understand the software and hardware usage of the solar-physics community. Of the solar-physics community, 364 members across 35 countries responded to our survey. We found that 99 +/- 0.5 of respondents use software in their research and 66% use the Python scientific-software stack. Students are twice as likely as faculty, staff scientists, and researchers to use Python rather than Interactive Data Language (IDL). In this respect, the astrophysics and solar-physics communities differ widely: 78% of solar-physics faculty, staff scientists, and researchers in our sample uses IDL, compared with 44% of astrophysics faculty and scientists sampled by Momcheva and Tollerud (2015). 63 +/- 4 of respondents have not taken any computer-science courses at an undergraduate or graduate level. We also found that most respondents use consumer hardware to run software for solar-physics research. Although 82% of respondents work with data from space-based or ground-based missions, some of which (e.g. the Solar Dynamics Observatory and Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope) produce terabytes of data a day, 14% use a regional or national cluster, 5% use a commercial cloud provider, and 29% use exclusively a laptop or desktop. Finally, we found that 73 +/- 4 of respondents cite scientific software in their research, although only 42 +/- 3 do so routinely.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11207-020-01622-2en
dc.identifier.eissn1573-093Xen
dc.identifier.issn0038-0938en
dc.identifier.issue4en
dc.identifier.other57en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/101738en
dc.identifier.volume295en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectInstrumentation and data managementen
dc.titleA Survey of Computational Tools in Solar Physicsen
dc.title.serialSolar Physicsen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
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