Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2012«

Episode 25: Advanced School For Scientific Software Development

February 29, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 25, we discuss the Advanced School For Scientific Software Development, an educational effort in Trieste, Italy supported by the International Center For Theoretical Physics (ICTP) under the aegis of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This workshop was organized […]

Bruce Dawson’s update on comparing floating point numbers.

February 26, 2012 by


Bruce Dawson wrote a very popular white paper on comparing floating point numbers. A few days ago, he posted an update with corrections and a great, easy-to-follow discussion of the topic. The problem addressed is determination when two floating point numbers are effectively equal. As you may have experienced, the “==” or “!=” operators are […]

Interactive visualization of WordPress blog view statistics.

February 23, 2012 by


As a follow-up to our episode on ParaViewWeb, we present visualization of the WordPress statistics for episode page views of our blog. While most listeners subscribe to our RSS feed, the blog page views provide a glimpse into the time course of episode attention. Hat tip goes to Anthony Scopatz for tracking down a method […]

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February 16, 2012 by


Happy Birthday inSCIght!  A huge thanks to all of our moderators, hosts, guests, friends, and colleagues who have helped define the podcast & scientific computing in the past year.  And of course, thanks to you – the stalwart listener – who has borne with us and given us a reason to continue producing shows.  Here […]

Episode 24: ParaViewWeb

February 16, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 24, we discuss ParaViewWeb, software for interative, 3D browser-based web visualization based on a client-server architecture. We go over the technologies that make this possible, including JavaScript, WebGL, Java Applets, Flex, and JSON-RPC. The role of this next-generation collabortive visualization technology is discussed along with its challenges including high-bandwidth […]

Research Works Act

February 5, 2012 by


Related to a post from last week about a petition against Elsevier, the U.S. Congress House of Representatives has put forth HR 3699 – the Research Works Act (RWA).  The innocuous name belies the insidious intent.  This bill would severely limit the flow of scientific and technical over the internet if it was in any way associated […]


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