Free Computational Mathematics

nt.number-theory co.combinatorics ag.algebraic-geometry
Start Date
2019-02-11 
End Date
2019-02-15 
Institution
CIRM 
City
Luminy 
Country
France 
Meeting Type
conference 
Homepage
https://conferences.cirm-math.fr/1978.html 
Contact Name
 

Description

The last decades have witnessed the emergence of a full ecosystem of open source software for (pure) mathematics, developed by overlapping international communities of researchers, teachers, engineers and amateurs. This ranges from specialized libraries (e.g. MPIR, LINBOX) to thematic systems (e.g. GAP, PARI, SINGULAR, xcas) to general purpose systems (e.g. Mathemagix, SAGE), via online databases (e.g. the OEIS, MATHHUB, or the LMFDB). This is part of the greater trend for Open and Reproducible Science, and is supported by the advancement of cross-discipline tools like the interactive computing environment JUPYTER. The involved communities are strong in Europe – specially so in France.

The main goal of this conference is community building and training :

  • Bringing together the various communities of users and developers of the ecosystem of (open source) (pure) mathematics software.
  • Give newcomers as well as experts an overview of this ecosystem : what the existing software systems are, what they can compute or solve, how they are developed and by whom, what the success stories and difficulties are.
  • Train newcomers as well as experts on using this ecosystem to solve their own problems.
  • Share perspectives and best practices, build a joint vision, and seek venues for tighter cooperation.
  • Encourage participants to get involved, especially women and more junior researchers, in particular by showcasing role models.

This conference will also be the closing event of OpenDreamKit, an H2020 European E-Infrastructure project lead by the organizers, and the occasion to present its outcomes.

Following a long trend of highly productive workshops within the various communities (e.g. the SAGE Days series), this conference will consist of :

  • five or six keynote talks delivering a variety of perspectives on the ecosystem.
  • Hands-on tutorials run by experts of the various systems.
  • Plenty of free time for interactions and collaborative work, self-organized through regular project planning sessions and progress reports

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