SOS: Software Sustainability

Financed by: JCCM Consejería de Educación y Cultura y Deportes, and ERDF Funds
Total Amount: 153908 €
Identifier Code: SBPLY/17/180501/000503

Respect for the environment and sustainability are priority objectives at the regional, national and international levels, as reflected in their inclusion as priorities in the respective research programs. international levels, as reflected by their inclusion as priorities in the respective research agendas, as well as in the general policies being implemented in most countries. as well as in the general policies that are being implemented in most countries. Specifically, one of the priority sectors of the RIS3 (Smart Specialisation Strategies), the Smart Specialisation Specialization Strategies), the integrated agenda for territorial economic transformation of Castilla-La Mancha, is Energy and the Environment. Mancha is Energy and the Environment (and the general challenge 9 is "Sustainability: favoring the transition to a low-carbon economy in all the regions of the region"). to a low-carbon economy in all sectors").

On the other hand, the weight of ICT in general, and of software in particular, is unquestionable in the world panorama, by volume of business and activities, number of companies, labor force, etc., by what we understand is that this sector cannot be oblivious to this problem. In this area, and as Software Engineers, we consider it a duty to contribute to improving software sustainability. Until software has now been used, for example, as a means of monitoring CO2 emissions, without However, such software can be both a solution and a problem since software emits CO2, and is much software that is constantly being run by millions of people.

Therefore, in this project our goal is to work on optimizing the resources used in the development and execution of software systems in such a way that the impact on the environment is reduce as much as possible and let's make the software sustainable. This goal remains perfectly aligned with the prioritized sector "Energy and Environment", the transversal factor "ICT" and general challenges 5 (Facilitate the internationalization of R&D&i) and 9 (Sustainability: favor the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors) of the Castilla-La Mancha RIS3 agenda.

To do this, and starting on the one hand with the dimensions of sustainability defined by the United Nations and on the other hand of the resources that are needed to develop software, we will work in the three dimensions that make up sustainable software: the human dimension ("Human Software Sustainability"), the economic dimension ("Economic Software Sustainability") and the environmental software ("Environmental Software Sustainability", also called "Green Software").

• Human sustainability: in which we will study how software development and maintenance affects both sociologically and psychologically the software development community in in general and individuals in particular. It is related to topics like: rights labor, psychological health, social rights, social equity, habitability, etc.

• Economic sustainability: or how software life cycle processes protect investments of the different roles involved, ensuring benefits, reducing risks and keep active.

• Environmental sustainability: related to how the development, maintenance and use of emerging software products to energy consumption and the use of other resources. The sustainability environment is also called "Green Software".

This is a pioneering investigation at an international level, which will allow us to strengthen the ties already created with other groups that work on the issue, and continue advancing to stay at the forefront of a topic that is taking more and more interest. The results will be directly applicable to all the companies of the region, and from outside it, that will develop software and will benefit all those that in their day to day use software since it affects one and the other, promoting sustainability from the software point of view.

Investigadores Principales:

Otros Investigadores:
3) Ricardo Pérez del Castillo
4) Javier Mancebo Pavón
5) José David Patón Romero

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