About Jon Johansson

Jon received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics (theory). He is experienced in High Performance Computing both as a user, and as part of an HPC support team. Jon has written programs to run on HPC facilities, analyzed data generated by the machines, and created visualizations from the data. Jon would like to see everyone have access to the computing resources they need, whether large or small and have the training to use those resources effectively.

Screencast with CamStudio on Windows

This is a very brief summary of some free tools that you can bring together to create screencasts on a Windows computer. We have a YouTube video about this: Links to the software mentioned in the video are below: Camstudio - record a screencast Xvid - an mpeg4 codec to create smaller video files [...]

By |2017-01-12T19:45:19-07:00November 6th, 2015|CamStudio, HandBrake, Screencast, Software, Xvid, ZoomIt|5 Comments

GNU Octave 4.0.0 Released

For those of us who missed the day, version 4.0.0 of GNU Octave was released on May 29, 2015. GNU Octave is a numerical programming environment that is very compatible with Mathworks' Matlab. GNU Octave is (from the GNU Octave web site) "a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides capabilities for [...]

By |2017-01-12T19:45:19-07:00June 14th, 2015|Matlab/GNU Octave, Programming|1 Comment

Does Changing to an SSD Make Your Life Better?

I received a new Solid State Drive for Christmas, after a bit of complaining about the response time for things that I do on my desktop computer. Rebooting was taking quite a while, about 15 minutes before the applications were fully available and responsive. Starting applications seemed slow, in particular Adobe CS 5 [...]

Oculus Rift – Unboxing

The Oculus Rift The Oculus Rift is a portable (head-mounted) virtual reality system available from Oculus VR. The sense of immersion in a virtual environment comes largely from the ability to change your position and have the view change naturally, as it would in the real world. The sense of immersion is also increased by [...]

Row And Column Major Ordering

The arrangement of data in computer memory is a continuing source of discussion and confusion because the language is also used in the context of arranging data in data files. We will discuss, and hopefully clarify, the usage of the language of row- and column-major ordering. When a vector, or a 1-dimensional matrix, [...]

Scientific Visualization with Paraview

Videre Analytics is holding a workshop at the University of Alberta on Scientific Visualization with Paraview on Monday, December 8, 2014. The workshop presents principles and methods for visualizing data resulting from scientific measurements and computations. We discuss basic principles of scientific visualization and aspects of successful visualizations. The discussion will focus on Paraview, but the [...]

By |2017-01-12T19:45:21-07:00December 4th, 2014|Paraview, Training, Visualization|0 Comments

High Performance Computing Environment

The provision of HPC resources requires more than system administration. It takes a team of skilled analysts able to work with user codes and make them run more efficiently with large numbers of processors. These analysts must work closely with both the administrators and clients to ensure that jobs run smoothly and costly resources are used effectively. [...]

By |2017-01-12T19:45:21-07:00October 29th, 2014|HPC|0 Comments

What is Hadoop?

Hadoop is an open source Apache project hadoop.apache.org (downloads are available through mirror sites which are listed on their home page) The current tool for Big Data analysis is Hadoop, a software framework that supports the distribution of computational work to many nodes in a computer cluster. Hadoop’s design makes it particularly effective at processing [...]

By |2017-01-12T19:45:21-07:00September 5th, 2014|Big Data, Data Intensive Computing, Hadoop|0 Comments

Why Do Parallel Computation?

The picture of how data gets analysed on a single computer is very simple: a program is written to read the data, do some manipulation and write out the results. This is something that every student of programming learns to do. The figure below shows a whimsical interpretation of software processing a data file. The [...]

By |2017-01-12T19:45:22-07:00July 16th, 2014|Data Intensive Computing, HPC|0 Comments
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