Early release book : Resource Oriented Computing with NetKernel
- Following the leanpub mantra: Publish Early. Publish Often.This book is pre-release and is an evolving work-in-progress. It is published here for the purposes of gaining feedback - I’d love to have your feedback - and providing early value to those who have an interesting resource oriented computing. Read here
Published Sep 2, 2018 1 min read
A Brief History of NetKernel
- on extracting release data over nine year periodI’ve just finished working on exposing a complete change history for NetKernel for the period from the release of NetKernel 4.0, nine years ago. Previously our mechanism for publicly exposing this information has been solely through the, once weekly, newsletters. However that medium is unstructured which meant it was hard to get an overview of changes and check for specific releases for any particular package. Since the release of NetKernel 4, we introduced a repository approach to releasing updates to NetKernel.
Published Aug 26, 2018 4 min read netkernel
External Request ProfilerWe’ve been working recently with a client, on a solution, revolving around crunching large volumes of data. The scale of data meant that even on a large cluster the computation takes many hours. The usual mode of operation for these compute jobs is to set them off in the evening, and return the next working day to see the results. I was working with them to capture some engineering figures and statistics to assess the performance and opportunities to optimise or re-design.
Published Jan 26, 2018 3 min read netkernel
My Experience Building an Alexa Skill
- Headline: it is actually pretty easyBack in November I attended a talk on creating your own Amazon Alexa Skill at Bristech. It’s been something I’ve wanted to play with for a while, so when Amazon had their Black Friday sale I couldn’t resist. I was pleasantly surprised by Amazon’s own tutorial using Lambda: Alexa Python Tutorial - Build a voice experience in 5 minutes or less. It really was quite simple and quick. Amazon have worked hard to make it easy for you to get a custom skill up and running on real hardware.
Technical Debt and EntropyI seem to find myself with a lot of unproductive time - time when I can’t be working on real problems - problems that need access to tools such as a coding environment, terminal, internet searching, and somewhere to capture notes. Situations such as walking the dog, driving, and getting simple chores done are examples of these times. Times like this though, are good for thinking, and recently i’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of technical debt.
On The BeachI’ve had a horrible ray traced pebbly beach scene framed on my wall for a long time now that I really wanted to redo. I’ve used a bit of free time at Christmas along with a major new release of Cheetah3d to do that. Here are a few of the things I created.
Published Dec 29, 2017 1 min read graphics