My book on CodeIgniter: out at last

One reason for the gaps in this blog recently: Ive been finalising the proofs of my book on CodeIgniter. Its a good feeling to have finished my part of it – now over to my publisher, Packt, who say it will hit the bookstalls next month. Watch out J K Rowling. The book is about…

Earth Simulator visualisation tools

Ive just caught up with last years “Journal of the Earth Simulator” which has a fascinating paper about the visualisation tools they are developing. Visualizations of Large-scale Data Generated by the Earth Simulator by Fumiaki Araki, Hitoshi Uehara, Nobuaki Ohno, Shintaro Kawahara, Mikito Furuichi and Akira Kageyama, describes – MovieMaker, “a parallel rendering software for…

The survival of data

Interesting BBC news report of a press conference by the UK National Archives. Sooner or later we have to take the data mountain seriously According to the National Archives, “If you put paper on shelves, its pretty certain it is going to be there in a hundred years…If you stored something on a floppy disc…

Making simulations available and shareable

An article in JASSS makes some very sensible points about the difficulties of sharing simulations. In “Open Access for Social Simulation”, J. Gary Polhill and Bruce Edmonds pint out that: “Even the best social simulations are complex objects whose meaning and import are difficult to discern. One may read a description of a simulation and…

Simulating everything.

A new system called Sentient World Simulation is being pitched to the US Military by Purdue University and Simulex. Curiously naive advertising, and havent we heard all this before, eg the Earth Simulator and MNE? The whole thing is the brainchild of a Purdue Professor, and Simulex CEO, called Chaturvedi, but its writeup from Purdue…