I was going through many motions/emotions as this was gonna be my first freed.in
|One of the first things I had to do is find the route from Patparganj where I lived to JNU Life Sciences Auditorium where the event was going to take place.The solution was as follows :-
a. Patparganj/Mother Diary to Nehru Place Bus 534
b. Nehru Place to Munirka Bus No. 764
c. Munirka to JNU Campus 615
I hope to see the number of buses lessened as the Metro takes shape more and more.
The event itself started an hour late at around 11:00 hours.
Prof. Andrew Lynn by ramkrsna (2009) from freed.in flickr pool under an open license, on Flickr
|Professor Andrew Lynn started the day with OSDD . OSDD as described by Prof. Andrew Lynn is a CSIR collaborative initiative. The overall scheme of things is very similar to the BOINC client and WCG initiatives where I’m involved in as a user. There are few differences which I should mention however :-
a. The BOINC and WCG is primarily individuals giving their spare computing cycles while the OSDD chooses to have only educational and medical institutions having high bandwidth links between them
The only upside I see is if students are mentored well they can contribute and learn a lot about their subject as well as grid/high-throughput computing.
|One of the other interesting talks was given by Rahul ‘Fedora’ Sundaram.
He talked about using tools such as smolt and others.
A question was raised why smolt is an opt-in profiling tool and the answer
Fedora does have place for all these metrics on their wiki.
The only problem I have with these tools and I dunno if there is anyway
While I think I have stated it before but here it goes again :-
a. Most of the people would/do not venture out of the tools given by
b. Hence when the time comes to upgrade/update I will do both as I don’t know which of those may/will regress in some functionality or the other. I’m usually on the bleeding edge (within the ubuntu universe) at times and that doesn’t help the cause at all.
c. I am little skeptical about some of the results that smolt gave. Rahul showed that ‘Dell’ is the number one server used by his customers. From what I know IBM (The Big Blue) drives lot of its business from selling GNU/Linux solutions. Where does that figure would have been good to know.
All in all, a good start for people who are/were unaware of the stats.
Rahul ‘fedora’ sundaram by Niyam Bhushan (2009), taken from freed.in flickr pool under an open license.