By John Robinson, Software Consultant, Software Sustainability Institute.
Forest Growth SRC predicts the yield of woody biomass that could grow on an area of land, with an eye to producing biofuels. After successfully harnessing supercomputing to increase throughput by 18 times, the team behind Forest Growth SRC have secured stimulus funding which will allow them to seek a full research grant to develop the software further and ensure its continued use in the future.
Forest Growth SRC was developed jointly by the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton and Forest Research, the research arm of the UK Forestry Commission. The project's co-ordinator, Prof Gail Taylor, approached the Software Sustainability Institute as part of Open Call looking for help to improve the software.