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Episode 31: Scientific Grand Challenges

November 3, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 31, we discuss “Scientific Grand Challenges”– a new, rigorous approach to evaluation of algorithms and methods. A Grand Challenge consists of a set of data used as input to a problem of interest, and participants apply their algorithm to that data in a blinded manner. Participant results are evaluated […]

Episode 30: Check Please!

September 3, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 30, we talked about code review. We had a lovely chat with a few Kitware software development experts who gave very informed perspectives on the efficacy of various methods of code review. We also talked about a piece of code review facilitation software called Gerrit. This episode addresses obstacles […]

Episode 29: OSS in the US Military

August 14, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast The US DoD develops and maintains huge amounts of software for all aspects of military life. In episode 29 we talk about the challenges and benefits of use of open source tools in regards to Military software culture, acquisition or contracting with open source, and handling security of both code and […]

Episode 28: R We Not Statisticians?

July 6, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 28, we finally get around to tackling R, a language for statistical computing.  R has a storied history as an LGPL code related to the S language which came out of Bell labs which itself was influenced by Scheme.  R is the go-to tool for many statisticians, analysts, and data scientists.   […]

Episode 27: Ladies Who Learn And Code

June 23, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 27, the henspeckles were flying. In April, we had a very lively chat with some very inspiring women in computing and computing education. This episode discusses the importance of educational organizations like the ones that these ladies are leading, addresses some challenges and opportunities for women in computing, and […]

Episode 26: PyCon 2012 Recap

March 19, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast For episode 26, a group of Hacker Within alums visited PyCon 2012 in Santa Clara, CA.  We discuss some of the very exciting developments in the world of scientific computing in Python, including such projects as Pandas, NumPy, PyTables and the incredibly well received new IPython web notebook. Today’s old hats include: Jean-Christophe […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 23: git-svn, one tool to rule them all!

January 29, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 23, we discuss the ever important subject of version control.  We talk about distributed vs centralized version control systems through two popular implementation: git and subversion (svn).  More specifically, we go over how to partially or fully convert existing repositories to the more modern distributed paradigm.  While you listen to […]

Episode 22: Public Access to Federally Funded Research

January 8, 2012 by


Listen to the podcast On episode 22, we discuss the response to two Request for Information (RFI) that the US Office of Science and Technology Policy has posted in order to gather feedback on how to improve Public Access to the Data and Peer-Reviewed publications resulting from Federally Funded Research. On today’s show our crew […]


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