February Int/Adv Meeting: Computer Science and Hurd

Feb 7 2012 19:00
Feb 7 2012 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.


  • Why Computer Science Matters — Thomas Conway
  • Be Hurd not Scene: Current Status in the other kernel — Andrew Chalmers

Why Computer Science Matters — Thomas Conway

A lot of software is easy to make. A small fraction of software requires subtle insight or clever analysis, without which a practical solution is expensive or impossible. Drawing from some of my experience in academia, the commercial software industry, and bioinformatics research, I will discuss a few cases that exemplify this, as well as some of the tools, software and intellectual, that I have used to good effect.

Thomas is an experienced researcher with extensive experience in both the research and commercial software communities. Thomas has particular expertise in applying theoretical results and techniques to practical, real world problems. His research work has involved compiler and programming language technologies (particularly parallelism and concurrency), information retrieval, and computational bioinformatics. Thomas worked for nearly a decade in a small company providing high performance text search technology primarily to the defense and intelligence sector. Thomas is currently part of the Diagnostic Genomics project.

Be Hurd not Scene: Current Status in the other kernel — Andrew Chalmers

The suite of applications that are used with Linux were primarily developed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as part of the GNU operating system. In creating these applications, the FSF was working on a micro-kernel known as Mach, part of the Hurd operating system, however a viable Linux kernel was introduced first and this has been the norm for over twenty years. The Hurd project however has not gone way and is still under development. In this presentation, a basic understanding of the kernel and differences between Linux and *nix kernels is explored, along with the current status of Hurd.

Andrew is a systems administrator, cryptographer and programmer. He is a former President of Linux Users of Victoria.

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/about/location/map

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:


Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting!


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