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Open Source in Governments

March’s event is on the theme of Open Source in Governments.

This will be a jointly organized meeting between the OSSG and the AK-OSS (the German OS workgroup of the GI).

 

AGENDA
18:00 – Feel free to join the meeting in person for tea/coffee or online to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

The event is hybrid. The in-person meeting takes place at BCS London, for which registration is required.

For the online event, there is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The BCS meeting room (with team & coffee) and livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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Open Source Hardware

March’s event is on the theme of Open Source in Hardware.

AGENDA
18:00 – Feel free to join the meeting in person for tea/coffee or online to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

The event is hybrid. The in-person meeting takes place at BCS London, for which registration is required.

For the online event, there is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The BCS meeting room (with team & coffee) and livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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Open Source in Video Games

March’s event is on the theme of Open Source in Video Games.

AGENDA
18:00 – Feel free to join the meeting in person for tea/coffee or online to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

The event is hybrid. The in-person meeting takes place at BCS London, for which registration is required.

For the online event, there is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The BCS meeting room (with team & coffee) and livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterwards for discussion.

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The videos are available in YouTube.

Rust in Games

Andy Thomason, Atomic Increment

Rust’s popularity as a robust programming language continues to increase.  In this talk, Andy Thomason will look at all the Rust resources that are now freely available.  There is now a very solid set of code that can be used.

Andy Thomason has worked in games from the 1970’s and developed tools and technology for many years including the optimiser for the Playstation 3 compiler.

These days he teaches Rust and helps startups with novel projects such as Crytocurrency engines and high speed data stores and helps with the Rust core SIMD project, generating a new libm for Rust.

Assessing Virtual Reality using Games

Richard Mitchell, University of Reading

Virtual Reality is a final year module in Computer Science at Reading with coursework where students create virtual worlds individually and then in groups utilising the Unity Game engine. The specifications for these are deliberately simple allowing students to interpret them very creatively, sometimes including a game element and often humour. This talk features various examples of student work over recent years.

Richard Mitchell is Professor of Cybernetics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Reading, which he first attended as a student. He is a University Teaching Fellow which recognises his interests in teaching. He began his career teaching computing to Cybernetics students and in effect he now teaches cybernetics to computer scientists! His interests include cybernetics, Gaia theory, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, as well as teaching mathematics and algorithms. He has had an interest in technology enhanced learning for many years: he is the Lead Educator for the FutureLearn MOOC Begin Robotics; he was supervisor of the best KTP project in 2021 in which Red-Whale’s teaching materials for medical practioners was transformed from face to face to online delivery.


Open Source and Inclusivity

This is our annual meeting on Inclusivity held in partnership with BCS Women.  We’re delighted to have three outstanding speakers.

AGENDA
18:00 – Feel free to join the meeting to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

With all our speakers joining remotely, the event is purely virtual. There is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The  livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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The videos of the evening are available on YouTube.

Cornelia Boldyreff

Prof Cornelia Boldyreff is Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. She was previously the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London from 2009 – February 2013.  She has over 25 years’ experience in software engineering research and has published extensively on her research in the field.  She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a founding committee member of the BCS Women Specialist Group, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, and a past chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her career.

Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Dr Yasmine Arafa, Cornelia founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a new digital bartering currency, ebarts.

Elizabeth Leake

Dr Elizabeth Leake is the director of research computing at Boise State University in the U.S. Since 2008, she has served as an external relations consultant, international correspondent and advocate for the high-performance computing and open source communities. In 2012, she founded STEM-Trek, a global, grassroots, nonprofit organization that supports scholars from regions and demographics that are typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academics and careers. As a program director, Leake has mentored hundreds of early-career professionals who are breaking cultural barriers in an effort to accelerate scientific and engineering discoveries.
She will talk about STEM-Trek’s genesis and the amazing scholars she has had the honor to serve along the way.

Claire Knight

Dr Claire Knight is a Senior Software Engineering Manager at Netlify where she is involved in building out and supporting the ecosystem around Jamstack. As was recently announced, this includes running an open source team. She has worked remotely for the last several years, including as a Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub which focuses on being the home for all developers. In this talk she will share some of the experiences of being in and around OSS from a personal and professional perspective. This will include some things to think about for running projects and getting involved.

Ann Barcomb

Dr Ann Barcomb is an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. Her previous post was at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Dr. Barcomb received her PhD from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2019, with a specialization in software engineering, and a master’s in information systems from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. In the course of her industry career, she worked as a software developer for multiple firms and as a community manager for RIPE NCC. From the beginning, she has been active in free/libre/open source software, organizing events, speaking at practitioner conferences, and writing for practitioner outlets. Her research is characterized by a desire to understand and generalize processes and practices within free/libre/open source software communities, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between practitioners.

Dr Barcomb will be speaking on Ageism in Software Development.


Open Source Strategy and Governance

March’s event on the theme of Open Source Strategy and Governance.

AGENDA
18:00 – Feel free to join the online meeting to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

The event is hybrid, in-person meeting takes place at the London offices – registration is required (see tickets above). For the online event, there is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The BCS meeting room and livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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Aligning open source governance with your organisation’s business objectives

Gilles Gravier (Wipro)

Governance is a key element of your open source activities. It should be governed by your open source strategy, and it should be done in ways that directly support your corporate business objectives. In this session, we’ll explore what kind of business objectives can be supported by an open-source strategy and those that are specifically the object of a strategically defined governance model. 

 

The Security Risk of Using Open Source Software

St. John Harold

A key aspect of Governance is understanding the risks associated with using Open Source Software. This session will focus on what we have defined as compliance risks, explaining our reasons for linking compliance with security within the OSS domain covering the compliance of confidentiality, integrity, availability but also looking at privacy and the certification of OSS. This is based on recent research into the wider area of OSS risks. 

 

The challenges and opportunities of building open source communities in the highly regulated financial services industry

James McLeod (FINOS, The Linux Foundation)
James McLeod is the Director of Community at FINOS, The Linux Foundation, with an extensive career in software engineering and running open source communities. James joins the group to talk through the challenges and opportunities of building open source communities in the highly regulated financial services industry. James will also share his screen and attempt a live, open source in finance, demo!

 


Continuous integration and development with Kubernetes

February’s virtual event, on the theme of Continuous Integration and Development using Kubernetes.

AGENDA
18:00 – Feel free to join the online meeting to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

There is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for this meeting.

We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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The presentations are now available on YouTube.

On-premise Kubernetes deployment with Rancher

Piotr Kasprzak

Tekton pipeline based VM provisioning in Kubernetes cluster.

Vishal Anand

Slides

 

Self-Hosted Serverless Computing On Kubernetes

Serverless is an execution model for cloud computing that has gained much influence in industry and research by offering infinitely scaling compute capabilities, uncomplicated maintenance and pay-as-you-go pricing. Jonathan Decker talks about running self-hosted serverless platforms on Kubernetes; what is serverless and what makes serverless and Kubernetes such a good match. Furthermore, he describes the current state of research in the area of serverless as well as his own observations on open-source servleress platforms.

Jonathan Decker


London Open Source Meetup for RISC-V

The event is hybrid. The in-person meeting takes place at BCS London, for which registration is required.

For the online event, there is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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London Open Source Meetup for RISC-V

The “Plan B” COVID-19 rules have rather spoilt our arrangements in the short term. However, one week later than originally planned, we are delighted to be able to bring you a purely virtual quarterly meetup for the London open source community, focusing on RISC-V and open source, hosted by the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and the UK Open Source Hardware User Group.  These meetings provide an opportunity to share the latest ideas around open source in the RISC-V ecosystem, combined with plenty of time for networking.

This month is dedicated to the AI Vector Accelerator (AVA) project at Southampton University.

This will be a purely virtual meeting.  You are invited to join and socialize from 18:00, the main talks will start at 18:30.

There is no requirement to register, you can just connect to the videoconference using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for this meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterwards for discussion.

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Benchmarking the AI Vector Accelerator (AVA) with CV32E40X using the CV-X-IF

Oana Lazar, Kunal Dalal, Adomas Lebedys & Yu Xia, University of Southampton

The AVA coprocessor implements a small subset of the RISC-V Vector extension, intended to accelerate AI inference applications. The point is to demonstrate that considerable speedup can be achieved using a minimal instruction set extension (in this case 8 instructions).

The AVA project has created a reference implementation using the Open Hardware Group’s CV32E40X core. This implementation is particularly notable for being the first use of the Open Hardware Group’s X-Interface, designed to make the creation of custom instruction set extensions as simple as possible. The benefit is measured using the TinyMLPerf benchmarking suite.

In this talk and discussion, the team will present the work to date, the challenges they faced, and the results they have achieved as part of this Master’s project sponsored by Embecosm.

Oana Lazar is in her fifth and final year studying MEng Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton. During her fourth year, she completed a 12-month UKESF industrial placement with Tessent Embedded Analytics (formerly UltraSoC and now a Siemens Company) working on the Secure-CAV project. Her interests include embedded software for security applications, cybersecurity, and machine learning. She was recently named the 2021 UKESF Scholar of the Year.

Yu Xia is a final year MEng Electronic Engineering student at the University of Southampton studying modules focused on computer systems and VLSI design. Yu’s interests are within RTL design and verification for RISC computer architectures, previously interning
at Arm as part of his UKESF scholarship scheme. He will be joining Arm in September as a graduate systems engineer.

Kunal Dalal is in the final year of his MEng in Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton. Alongside his part-time role in Application Engineering at Arm as an undergraduate, he is undertaking research with members of the POETS project at
the University of Southampton. Kunal’s interests lie in the RTL design of different accelerator microarchitectures, and the deployment of heterogeneous architectures in general.

Adomas Lebedys is in the final year of his MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton, with interests in systems programming, computer architecture, and machine learning. Outside his course, he leads the design of
automotive electronics and embedded software for the Southampton University Formula Student Team’s electric vehicle.