Q&A: Science Day with Jay Jay Billings

Mon, 2015-01-05 09:49

1. Can you tell us more about Science day and the Science WG?

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Science Day is a one-day event organized by the Science Working Group focused on software, especially Eclipse-based software, used for scientific research. It is our first “theme-day” event in collaboration with EclipseCon and we hope to plan other events in the future. We have six very good talks planned for this event from a number of high-profile scientific institutions.

The Science Working Group is a collaborative effort involving industry, academia, and government to develop reusable open source software for scientific research. The working group provides governance and infrastructure to establish common principles, and enable a collaborative approach to producing technologies used for interdisciplinary analysis of scientific data. The working groups is also developing well defined interfaces, models, definitions, algorithms, and reusable software libraries, services, and applications. The scope includes:

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  • Standard descriptions and definitions of scientific data.
  • Processing and management of 1D, 2D and 3D data including both structured and unstructured grids.
  • Plotting and visualizations of data in 1D, 2D and 3D.
  • Workflow algorithms and their visualization.
  • Machine learning, artificial intelligence and data mining.
  • Modeling and simulation projects related to the physical sciences, including but not limited to physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and hydrology.
  • Modeling and simulation projects related to the social sciences, including but not limited to sociology and psychology.
  • Applied mathematics projects such as common math libraries and mesh management tools and with the exception of cryptography.
  • Infrastructure to support scientific computing, such as tools for job launching and monitoring, parallel debugging, and remote project management.
  • Control systems for analytical hardware.

2. Why would an EclipseCon attendee be interested in Science day?

Attendees will get the opportunity to see just how powerful the Eclipse platform is and how it can be applied to some really cool and complex science projects. They will also get to see some of the new technologies that this working group is bringing to the community.

3. Which sessions would be particularly relevant for EclipseCon attendees?

There are only six talks and they are all exciting and too hard to choose from. We have a couple of interesting sessions on the Science Working Group’s two Eclipse Projects. The first is by Jun Aishima from Diamond Light Source on the science use cases for Eclipse DAWNSci. The second is by Alex McCaskey and Taylor Patterson from Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Eclipse ICE and how it is extending the Eclipse Workbench for modeling and simulation.

Marcel Austenfeld from the University of Kiel is presenting on how Eclipse can be used as a simulation platform for ecological models. Stefan Edlund and Kun Hu from IBM will show what the Eclipse STEM community is doing to support the global ebola response.

The remaining two talks will explain how it all works! Torkild U. Resheim will show us how system testing scientific software works. John McGregor from Clemson will discuss the broader scientific software landscape and share some ideas on how the Eclipse Platform can help out.

4. Where can someone get more information about the Science community?

Of course we have a website, science.eclipse.org, where we list our members and have our charter posted. The best way to learn more though is to join our mailing list, science-iwg@eclipse.org. That being said, the absolute best way to get more information is to attend the Science Day at EclipseCon 2015!