NOBUGS '97 workshop
mooney at aps.anl.gov
Fri Sep 19 15:25:29 CDT 1997
December 10-12, 1997
Argonne National Lab
Call for Papers, Posters, and Demonstrations
The Advanced Photon Source and the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source will
host the second international NOBUGS (New Opportunities for Better User
Group Software) workshop at Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago,
IL, USA. We invite you to submit papers on software, techniques, and
standards for use at synchrotron-radiation and neutron-scattering
facilities. Specific topics of interest include the following:
Software for instrument control and data acquisition
Scientific data-analysis and visualization software
Emerging standards and applications of scientific data formats
Data-storage, compression, and retrieval techniques
Future directions in software development, algorithms,
standardization, and sharing.
As this is to be a workshop, demonstrations are particularly
NOBUGS originated as a workshop sponsored jointly by ESRF and ILL to
[paraphrasing...] review existing software tools for data
acquisition and analysis, and to encourage convergence and sharing as
ways of minimizing development effort while improving the quality and
uniformity of user interfaces.
For more detailed background information, see the following URL's
A tentative (straw-person) agenda follows. The final agenda will be
determined from the abstracts submitted, and will be published on the
Web before the workshop.
Day 1: The state of the field
Morning plenary session: Facility reports
We intend this session to focus on the big ideas that distinguish
various development efforts, and suggest that speakers save the
details for poster/demonstration sessions. Also, we request that
speakers in this session look over each other's abstracts
(on the Web) before the workshop, so that useful comparisons
can be made.
Afternoon plenary session:
Talks describing (and demonstrating, if possible) the novel features
of existing, proven software.
Possible evening session of vendor presentations, informal
demonstrations, and tutorials.
Day 2: Technical details
Half-hour talks (20-minute presentation; 10-minute discussion) on
subjects small enough to permit in-depth treatment. Talks should
describe existing software or systems under active development, but
not systems merely in the planning stages.
Morning parallel sessions:
Control & data acquisition (SR & Neutron)
Analysis and standards (SR & Neutron)
Afternoon parallel sessions:
Day 3: The future
Half-hour talks on unproven systems under active development, ideas
for new developments, new directions, etc. We hope to attract
a few talks on genuinely hare-brained ideas with credible
potential to influence future developments. We intend to set
aside time for discussion, and we may schedule several parallel
sessions simply to get small enough audiences that discussion will
be practical. Active working groups may program private
sessions during this time.
Information for all attendees
The workshop will be held on Dec. 10-12, 1997, at Argonne's conference
facilities on the Advanced Photon Source site. We have reserved a
block of rooms at the Argonne Guest House (see
http://www.aps.anl.gov/travel/anlghhome.html), a hotel located about a
block away from the auditorium.
There is a Web page for this workshop at the URL
"http://www.aps.anl.gov/XFD/bcda/nobugs/". If you plan to attend,
please complete the registration form on the Web page.
There is an email listserver for NOBUGS generally, maintained by Bill Pulford
(ESRF). To subscribe, send a message to listproc at esrf.fr with the
message body of the form
SUBSCRIBE NOBUGS <your email address>
To post a message to everyone on the mailing list, send email to
nobugs at esrf.fr
Information for authors
Oct. 20, 1997 - Submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentation
- Requests for hardware and software support for demonstrations
Nov. 10, 1997 - Submission of abstracts for poster sessions
Nov. 17, 1997 - Registration for workshop
Nov. 24, 1997 - Acceptance notification to authors
Dec. 12, 1997 - Electronic submission of all papers/posters.
There is a form for submitting abstracts on the workshop's Web page.
Please submit via this form if you can. If the form doesn't work for
you, please submit the requested information by email.
The proceedings will be published on the Web, so papers should
preferably be in HTML format. If this is not possible, please e-mail
the paper in ASCII text format. Some general hints:
A short list of key words, preferably with "meta" tags, should be
All artwork must be cited in the text, be numbered, and have captions.
Artwork should be in GIF or JPEG format. (Other Web-compatible
multimedia may also acceptable.)
Whenever appropriate, references to URL or FTP locations for the
software and documentation should be included.
Any number of non-reference URLs for directly relevant sites of
interest may be included.
Postscript is acceptable for the published version of poster
To keep us all sane, please include the word NOBUGS in the subject
section of your e-mail.
If you would like to do an on-line demonstration of your software, we
will make our best effort to support your needs. We can provide the following
Sun Workstation/Solaris 2.5 with CDE
NCD X-terminal with CDE
Other architectures may be supported on request.
If you wish to bring a PC with your software already installed, we will
have a limited number of 19" multisync monitors available.
If you bring your own computer, we can provide a 10 Mbit/sec ethernet
connection via 10BaseT, Thin Ethernet, or AUI port.
If you need any commercial software that you will not bring with (e.g.,
IDL), please contact us to see if we can support your need.
In order to have the best chance for us to support your on-line demo,
and so that we can gauge the number of systems we need to have on
hand, we are requesting preliminary notification of your hardware and
software needs no later than October 13, 1997.
We intend to provide some travel funds to invited speakers. The
amounts have not yet been determined.
This committee should be representative of the communities involved, and
it should undertake to discover the best work in the field and bring it
to the attention of the local organizers. The advisory committee
should also advocate for the workshop, and disseminate information
about it. If you know of someone who should be on this committee,
please send us a message.
Julie Wulf (jmwulf at aps.anl.gov)
Please feel free to forward this announcement appropriately.
Dr. Tim Mooney (mooney at aps.anl.gov) (630) 252-5417
Beamline Controls & Data Acquisition
Experimental Facilities Division
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Ray Osborn Tel: +1 (630) 252-9011
Materials Science Division Fax: +1 (630) 252-7777
Argonne National Laboratory E-mail: ROsborn at anl.gov
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