Simplifying Complex Software Assembly: The Component Retrieval Language and Implementation

Date Added: Sep 2010
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Assembling simulation software along with the associated tools and utilities is a challenging endeavor, particularly when the components are distributed across multiple source code versioning systems. It is problematic for researchers compiling and running the software across many different supercomputers, as well as for novices in a field who are often presented with a bewildering list of software to collect and install. In this paper, the authors describe a language (CRL) for specifying software components with the details needed to obtain them from source code repositories.