During the past five years we have organized DSSAT Development Sprints for those interested in advancing the underlying science of the DSSAT crop models and improving the DSSAT tools and utilities. During these “hackathons” or “working” workshops the participants work on sections of the code and have small break out sessions to discuss and exchange ideas on how to improve the overall code. The DSSAT Development Sprints are held twice a year and are open to those who have some skills in programming. There is no registration fee, but participants are expected to pay for their own travel and related expenses. The last DSSAT Development Sprint was held at the University of Florida from January 8-12, 2018.
The sprints provide an opportunity for people with specific interests in model code or tools to work together. Presentations are limited to brief overviews of progress and most time is spent on writing code or testing and documenting changes.
IFDC, 10-14 July 2017
Hosted by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), this sprint focused on preparing for the release of DSSAT 4.7. Other activities included:
- Developing a strategy for more generic handling of new crops in CSM and DSSAT.
- Evaluate linkages with pest and disease models.
- Evaluate linkages with other models, including for drainage and livestock.
- Improve specific models (e.g., cassava, forages, sunflower,pineapple).
- Review progress on the robust testing platform
- (and several more)