[Bf-committers] scipy2013

Kesten Broughton solarmobiletrailers at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 15:08:11 CEST 2013

Hi all,
I had a chance to take in scipy2013.
Here are the tutorials<http://conference.scipy.org/scipy2013/tutorials_schedule.php?utm_source=Python+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4253cb6a56-Python_Weekly_Issue_94_July_4_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e26887fc5-4253cb6a56-312680293>and
the radio
documentary clips <http://sagewrydesign.com/GoneAppy/> that I made
(includes a chat with Travis Oliphant - creator of numpy).

One of the most interesting talks was on dmtcp.
I was sitting behind Fernando Perez - author of ipython notebook.
He was shaking his head in disbelief at its awesome potential.

The presenter showed how dmtcp could be used to checkpoint all running
programs.  Re-start, continuing on before the crash.  He claims less than a
1% performance hit.
I thought i'd mention it here as it might be useful to Blender for
crash-recovery or checkpointing long-running renders.  Also, in discussions
with the presenters, they seem to have a team of phd's looking for
challenging problems to test their metal on.  They expressed interest in
having one of their members investigate the utility/potential of applying
dmtcp to blender.  If there is interest, you can contact gene at ccs.neu.edu
(note, dmtcp only supports linux at the moment but they plan to extend that
and have a partial port to android).  I presume one of the potential
applications would be to checkpoint long-running renders.  If crash then
recover with minimal loss.



Kesten Broughton
President and Technology Director,
Solar Mobile Trailers
kesten at solarmobiletrailers.com
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