Reproducing scientific experiments largely based on IT equipment has become practically impossible as a result of the constantly-evolving nature of software, versions and features. Version 1.0 of the free software Guix, which was made available in May 2019, tackles this challenge head-on, particularly when it comes to high performance computing (HPC), enabling users to “go back in time” in order to find previous versions of programs. To find out more about this, we spoke to Ludovic Courtès from Inria Bordeaux, one of the main figures behind this group project.
10 years! The R&D platform PlaFRIM is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year. The past decade has seen the birth of a range of interdisciplinary collaborations, leading to success in various different fields. On the back of this success, the PlaFRIM team are keen to continue their upward trajectory, and to help invent the software of the future.
The project team Geostat and I2S, an SME specialising in high-end digital imaging in high-tech sectors, have formalised their intention to work together via the creation of a joint laboratory, to be known as the Inria Innovation Lab. Xavier Datin, managing director of I2S, and Hussein Yahia, head of the Geostat team, told us more about this shared project.
The Printemps de la Mixitéevent saw the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest research centre play host to 47 fifth year pupils on Tuesday 9th April as they sought to battle the gender stereotypes that continue to persist post exams. Organised by the “parity, equality and diversity” initiative, the University of Bordeaux, the Local Education Authority and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the purpose of this multi-day event was to enable pupils to discover the world of university and to give them some career guidance. Let’s take a closer look at the Digit’Ellesworkshop, which shows that it is not just men who are making a name for themselves in the world of digital science.
As a partner of The Week of Mathematics, the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest centre was an active participant at the open day organised by the Académie de Bordeaux at the Talence university campus. With play decided as the theme for this year’s event, participants were given a rich and varied programme of activities.
Pléiade, a new project team at the interface between biology, IT and mathematics geared towards biodiversity and biotechnology
Early March saw the arrival at the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest research centre of a new project team, Pléiade, a joint undertaking involving Inria, the INRA and the CNRS. Linking biology, IT and mathematics, Pléiade, run by David Sherman, is the first team within the centre to be set up in partnership with the INRA.
On Friday 1st February, Nicolas Roussel, director of the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest research centre, and Didier Roux, president of Unitec, signed a collaboration agreement, formalising the long-standing partnership linking Inria and Unitec in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
What is the best itinerary for a delivery round? How can production be scheduled most effectively in order to become more efficient? How can the process of cutting materials in a factory be optimised so as to limit losses? These are all questions that manufacturers may find themselves faced with, which can become incredibly complex in cases involving multiple parameters and a range of different constraints. It is here that operational research comes into play, the goal of which is to design decision support tools - an area in which RealOpt, an Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest project team, specialises.