Advanced software plays a fundamental role for large scientific projects - from designing experimental instruments to acquiring, reducing, and analyzing the resulting data.

The primary goal of the S2I2-HEP conceptualization project is to prepare a strategic plan for a potential NSF Scientific Software Innovation Institute (S2I2) to develop software for experiments taking data in the "High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider" (HL-LHC) era in the 2020s. In addition, we are working with the HEP Software Foundation to prepare a larger HEP Community White Paper (CWP) describing a global roadmap for HEP Software and Computing R&D for the 2020s. Building a US and global community to accomplish this R&D roadmap is an essential element. To achieve these goals we are organizing a number of workshops during 2017.

Update 20 Mar 2019 - The Community White Paper has now been published as "A Roadmap for HEP Software and Computing R&D for the 2020s" in the journal "Computing and Software for Big Science".

Update 4 Sep 2018 - The NSF today launched the "Institute for Research and Innovation in Software in High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP)". IRIS-HEP will implement the strategic plan developed by the S2I2-HEP project. More information can be found on the IRIS-HEP website.

Update 18 Dec 2017 - The S2I2-HEP Strategic Plan and Community White Paper documents are now available:

  • Strategic Plan for a Scientific Software Innovation Institute (S2I2) for High Energy Physics - arXiv 1712.06592
  • A Roadmap for HEP Software and Computing R&D for the 2020s (Community White Paper) - arXiv 1712.06982

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The S2I2-HEP conceptualization project is part of the NSF's Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program.