In an online conversation, Casey Dunn, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and HITS group leader Alexis Stamatakis talk about the RAxML source code, discuss the tension between generality and optimization when developing software, and explore the interface between software and engineering.
You can watch the whole conversation on YouTube:
HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.