The SciData Division’s Jean Luca Bez Receives BSSw Honorable Mention
January 9, 2023
By Carol Pott
Jean Luca Bez, a postdoctoral scholar in the Scientific Data Management Research (SDMR) group was recognized with an Honorable Mention by the Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellowship Program.
The BSSw Fellowship Program gives recognition and funding to leaders and advocates of high-quality scientific software. The program aims to foster and promote practices, processes, and tools to improve developer productivity and software sustainability of scientific codes. BSSw Fellows are selected annually based on a highly competitive application process that includes the proposal of a funded activity promoting better scientific software.
For consideration, Bez submitted his research as part of the Exascale Computing Project’s (ECP) ExaIO project and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) pre-exascale integration projects – a program that seeks to empower users by providing an interactive, user-oriented visualization and analysis framework to pinpoint the root causes of I/O performance problems and provide a set of actionable items to improve performance based on the observed characteristics of each application.
“This Honorable Mention is recognition of Jean Luca’s active involvement in the HPC community and his extensive experience in software development,” said John Wu, senior computer scientist and group lead of the SDMR group. “He is one of our rising stars and we are very excited about this honor.”
Honorable Mentions do not receive funding for their proposed project but are encouraged to more deeply engage with the BSSw community through mentorship and participation in community-building opportunities. Honorable Mentions are also invited to attend the DOE Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting and are eligible to re-apply for the fellowship in subsequent years.
“It is an honor to be considered for such a competitive appointment,” said Bez. “As an Honorable Mention, I hope to increase the visibility of our research and software artifacts, moving the research closer to the targeted audience so they can be aware of novel solutions and benefit from our cutting-edge data storage and retrieval efforts.”
The BSSw Fellowship Program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable a more robust approach toward pioneering the future of advanced computing ecosystems and leadership in science and engineering. The program enhances workforce development and pathways to NSF and DOE software communities by nurturing a network of people who advance software practices as a fundamental aspect of increasing overall scientific productivity.
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