On Display…

HPX is making its Museum Debut!  A variation of the HPX + LibGeoDecomp demo, vanDouken  (Highly Parallel Interactive Image Flow), is being installed in an interactive museum exhibit designed to inspire 5th through 8th graders to become interested in the natural sciences and engineering.  This demo (which we originally wrote about here) allows users to insert “forces” on a particle in cell code by swiping a finger across a tablet which interfaces with the simulation.  This particular demonstration has been enhanced so that visitors will be able to not only interact with the image but will be able to change the settings of the force fields using a graphical programing environment.  The setup is being displayed at the Nuremberg Museum for Industrial Culture.  A video of the demonstration with the GUI can be seen here.  For more videos and information visit the vanDouken site at http://vandouken.github.io/

Pictured: The Demo installation

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C++Now

This year the STE||AR Group attended the annual C++Now conference in Aspen, Colorado.  Three members of the group gave talks at the conference, which is dedicated to the discussion, development and spread of C++ and Boost Libraries.  Hartmut Kaiser and Vinay Amatya presented “HPX: A C++ Standards Compliant Runtime System for Asynchronous Parallel and Distributed Computing”, while “Boost.Asio and Boost.Serialization: Design Patterns for Object Transmission” was presented by Bryce Adelstein-Lelbach.  In addition, we were able to send two students, Michael LeSane and Alexander Duchene, through the C++Now’s Student Volunteer Program.  This program waived the conference fee for select students that volunteered to help run the conference.  In addition, the LSU Center for Computation & Technology agreed to cover the room and board of these students.  “Volunteering at the 2013 C++ Now convention was a fantastic experience,” reported Alexander Duchene, “although the talks can be seen online, nothing can compare to being surrounded by over a hundred C++ enthusiasts.”

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