[oshug] BCS OSSG/OSHUG meeting 6:30pm 19 Oct 2017

Jeremy Bennett jeremy.bennett at embecosm.com
Fri Oct 6 07:31:28 UTC 2017

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Hi all,

Rather later notice than usual, but the next meeting of BCS OSSG/OSHUG
will take place on Thursday 19 October.

We start with the BCS AGM (which is quite short) and then have two talks.

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All members of OSHUG are welcome to attend and OSHUG members are
encouraged to put themselves forward to join the committee. In
particular we would welcome anyone to join the event organizers who
arrange the speakers for each month and the occasional all-day
workshops. Currently we have Sevan Janiyan, @ndy Bennett and Andrew
Back as event organizers on the committee.

Reimagining EDSAC: The ChipHack experience
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Speaker: Mary Bennett

ChipHack is an occasional 2 day workshop introducing students and
hobbyists to FPGA design. This year, ChipHack was sponsored by the BCS
OSSG and Computer Conservation Society. To celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the BCS, the workshop was extended by half a day and
attempted to reimagine one of the earliest valve computers, EDSAC,
designed by the BCS' founding president, Prof Sir Maurice Wilkes. The
workshop used the open source MyStorm board (created by OSHUG members
Al Wood and Ken Boak) and the YoSys open source FPGA tool chain
created by Clifford Wolf.

Mary led the team putting together the technical content of the
workshop. She will report back on what was achieved, from the three
implementations of the computer, to the diverse reimagining of the
original peripherals. The result is a legacy of lectures and videos,
to allow anyone to run their own ChipHack course.

Updates to the NetBSD operating system since OSHUG #57 & #58
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Speaker: Sevan Janiyan

Since the workshops held earlier this year, numerous changes have been
made to the NetBSD operating system to ensure future workshops are
easier for users and work smoother from the outset. This talk will cover
some of the improvements made so far and what's currently in the works.
- From wrestling with the u-boot firmware to new tools included in the os
and much more.

Sevan Janiyan is founder of Venture 37, which provides system
administration & consultancy services. As a fan of operating systems and
computers with different CPU architectures, in his spare time he
maintains builds of open source software on a variety of systems
featuring PowerPC, SPARC and armv7l CPUs. He hopes to own a NeXTcube &
OMRON LUNA-88K2 one day.

Third talk TBA
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Best wishes,


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