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Towards reproducible software environments in HPC with Guix

L.C. - 5/09/2017

Guix is free software, developed under the auspices of the GNU Project by a growing community of enthusiasts and organizations: currently between 40 and 50 people contribute each month. It is used to reproduce software environments.  Recently, the Inria Bordeaux – Sud-Ouest Research Centre, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin and the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center in the Netherlands decided to undertake a joint effort using this software. What do the three institutions have in common? They all use or have users of high performance computing (HPC) software, and in these institutions, and many others, the ability to reproduce experiments is a stringent necessity… Guix appears to be one of the solutions.


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Nicolas Roussel in the management team


Since July 17th 2017, Nicolas Roussel is the new director of Inria Bordeaux - Sud Ouest research centre.



Human-computer Interaction

POTIOC presents its latest scientific results and innovations in Human-computer interaction at the 2017 CHI conference 

Séverine Valerius - 9/05/2017

The POTIOC team from Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest center is presenting its Human-computer interaction (HCI) expertise at the 2017 annual CHI conference taking place this year in Denver, USA, from 6 to 11 May. Each year, this very prestigious and selective event rewards the best research carried out throughout the world in the field of HMI. An historic event in the field, this year it is focusing on the theme "Explore, Innovate, Inspire" and will bring together people from multiple disciplines and cultures in order to explore new ways to design, develop and assess methods and systems... Several Inria research teams, who have distinguished themselves as being among the best in the world in this domain, are taking part. Here is a close-up of the work carried out within Potioc, the Bordeaux-based team.



Open access

ReScience : a new scientific journal to redo Science!


The reproducibility of experiments and observations is the very basis of the scientific approach, and the computational sciences are not an exception. Indeed, code should also be reproducible, which means that codes from original works must be accessible and functional. This is, however, far from being the case - as Nicolas Rougier, a researcher with the MNEMOSYNE project team, recently observed. 


2016 Serge Hocquenghem Prize

Didier Roy: education by and for digital science


Didier Roy has been awarded the 2016 Serge Hocquenghem prize for his work in computer science and education sciences.

He was all the more “happy and honoured” to receive this prize as it is named after the creator of Geoplan, an innovative geometry software tool that this former mathematics teacher adopted as soon as it came out (more than twenty years ago). “This tool did a great deal to stimulate my interest in the use of digital technology in teaching,” he remembers.


Academic partnership

IHU Liryc: a heartfelt inauguration


The Liryc University Hospital Institute (IHU) was inaugurated on 4 November 2016 in the presence of numerous leading figures from the clinical and political world.



European Research Council 2016

Brain-computer interfaces or control systems by brain activities


Fabien Lotte is a researcher at Inria’s Bordeaux centre. He works on brain-computer interfaces by modelling the learning processes. He has just been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, which will allow him to open up this still recent field of research to the human factor, an aspect that has been largely overlooked by the specialists and that could help improve the use of interfaces.



The Klang-OMP compiler automatically translates an OpenMP compliant application into an application exploiting the targeted runtime system.


Inria joins OpenMP ARB to take up one of the major challenges of the Exascale era: parallel language standardisation


On 22 July 2016 Inria joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (OpenMP ARB), an association of 28 manufacturers, software publishers and research bodies, all leaders in their field, to collaborate in the design of a standard parallel programming model using shared memory. 



Launch of EXAPTA, disruptive innovation for more durable viticulture

Séverine Valerius - 6/09/2016

In an extremely competitive global market, the French wine-making sector must face numerous challenges. It must maintain its competitiveness in a durable way, and evolve so as to be in tune with societal expectations. EXAPTA - a decision-support tool (DST) adaptable to any vineyard - was created with this in mind.