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A new podcast about the users and developers of free libre and open source software (FLOSS) for science. We publish monthly episodes on the first Wednesday of each month.

A new podcast about the users and developers of free libre and open source software (FLOSS) for science. We publish monthly episodes on the first Wednesday of each month.
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A new podcast about the users and developers of free libre and open source software (FLOSS) for science. We publish monthly episodes on the first Wednesday of each month.






EP012 EasyBuild : Building Software with Ease for HPC

In Episode 12, we interviewed Kenneth Hoste, who is an HPC system administrator at Ghent University in Belgium. We talked about the problems that arise when installing scientific software on HPC systems and how the EasyBuild project that originated at HPC-UGent helps dealing with those problems, the impact of open source software in scientific research, as well as the yearly FOSDEM open source software meeting in Brussels where he is actively involved in various ways.


EP011 Blackbox Optimization with NOMAD

In Episode 11, we interviewed Sébastien Le Digabel about NOMAD a blackbox optimization software. A blackbox is a system which can be viewed in terms of its inputs and outputs, without any knowledge of its internal workings. NOMAD is a software for the optimization of such problems. It implements the Mesh Adaptive Direct Search (MADS) derivative-free optimization algorithm. NOMAD is free and intended to be easy to use. It is designed for solve real-world optimization problems from the...


EP010 CGAL : The Computational Geometry Algorithms Library

In Episode 10, we interviewed Sébastien Loriot about CGAL. A software project that provides easy access to efficient and reliable geometric algorithms in the form of a C++ library. CGAL is used in various areas needing geometric computation, such as geographic information systems, computer aided design, molecular biology, medical imaging, computer graphics, and robotics. The library offers data structures and algorithms like triangulations, Voronoi diagrams, Boolean operations on polygons...


EP009 Finite element meshing with gmsh

In Episode 9, we interviewed Christophe Geuzaine about Gmsh, a three-dimensional finite element mesh generator with built-in pre- and post-processing facilities. Gmsh is a free 3D finite element mesh generator with a built-in CAD engine and post-processor. Its design goal is to provide a fast, light and user-friendly meshing tool with parametric input and advanced visualization capabilities.


EP008 Solid-Liquid Mixing Modelling

For episode 8, we interviewed Bruno Blais about his utilization of open source software in his research about solid-liquid mixing. We started our conversation by talking about the different kinds of software packages he uses in his simulation workflow. We then asked him why and when he has decided to use FLOSS tools in is research. Following that, we talked about his philosophical and practical reasons to use FLOSS. He then shared with us how he contributes to the software he is using in...


EP007 A Guide to Software Licenses in Science

For Episode 7, we interviewed Karl Fogel and James Vasile about the importance of software licenses for scientists. The discussion was inspired from Chapter 9: Legal Matters: Licenses, Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents of Karl's book: Producing Open Source Software - How to Run a Successful Free Software Project. Choosing a license for ones open source project is essential and we discussed why one should ship their scientific open source code with a license. In addition, we talked about...


EP006 Gentoo Linux for Neurosciences

In Episode 6, we interviewed Christian Horea about the [NeuroGentoo Overlay](https://github.com/TheChymera/neurogentoo) for Gentoo Linux which includes specific packages for Neuroscience. With this distribution many of the challenges in neuroscience software management; including: system replicability, system documentation, data analysis reproducibility, fine-grained dependency management, easy control over compilation options, and seamless access to cutting-edge software releases, are...


EP005 LibreOffice the Swiss Army Knife of Science?

In Episode 5, we interview Katarina Behrens, a consultant and software developers of LibreOffice, LibreOffice extensions and related libraries working at CIB Group of Companies. We discuss her involvement with The Document Foundation, the capabilities of the LibreOffice suite and why an open source office suite is relevant for scientists.


EP003 JabRef at JabCon

In Episode 3, we interview Oliver Kopp and Jörg Lenhard about the reference management tool Jabref.


EP002 Modeling composite materials fatigue with Python

In Episode 2, we interview Laurent Cormier, a research associate at the Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal. He introduces us to his past research regarding the evaluation of the fatigue life of composite materials and the predictive model he developed with Python. He also share with us his scientific perspective on FLOSS and tools he uses in his research workflow.


EP001 Introduction to the FLOSS for Science podcast

In this episode the two hosts David Brassard and Patrick Diehl of FLOSS for Science introduce themselves and they explain the aims of this podcast.