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Software Carpentry in the Cloud Boot Camp

ICHEC in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS) are organising the "Software Carpentry in the Cloud Boot Camp" on 1-3 September 2012. This 3-day boot camp will cover the fundamentals of software carpentry such as the tools and techniques that enhance the design, development, execution and testing of software, with particular reference to dealing with today's high-throughput and time-critical computing problems. Emphasis will be placed on software deployment in the cloud using AWS to improve software scalability.

The first two days of the boot camp will consist of talks and hands-on tutorials on software carpentry tools and techniques with a view to deployment in the cloud using AWS. Participants will then form teams of two to compete in the "Grand Challenge": a problem will be announced at the end of the second day where each team will devise, develop and deploy its solution using cloud computing resources.


Date: 1st to 3rd September 2012 (Sat to Mon)
Location: Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
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Organiser: Please contact Dr. Simon Wong at ICHEC for enquiries.
Pre-requisite skills:
  • Proficiency in working in a Unix/Linux environment
  • Working knowledge of Java and/or Python
Other pre-requisites:
  • Your own wireless-equipped laptop to bring to the boot camp
Registration Fee €50 (academic), €120 (commercial)
Fee goes towards ICHEC resources and hosting costs; special thanks to Amazon Web Services for their kind contribution and sponsorship of this event.
Application: Application for the event has closed.
Registration Deadline: 24th August 2012
Catering: Lunch and break tea/coffee are provided for the three days, as well as dinner for one of the evenings
Please note that registrants are responsible for all costs involved: registration fee, travel, subsistence and accommodation.


1st September - Saturday
09:00 - 10:00 Introduction to Software Carpentry and Cloud Computing ICHEC staff
10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to Amazon Web Services I (EC2, S3, EBS) AWS staff
11:00 - 11:30 BREAK
11:30 - 13:00 Test-driven software development, exception handling ICHEC staff
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 15:30 Databases: SQL and NoSQL ICHEC staff
15:30 - 16:00 BREAK
16:00 - 17:30 Introduction to Amazon Web Services II (DynamoDB, SQS, SNS) AWS staff
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Bar Italia IFSC

2nd September - Sunday
09:00 - 10:30 Cloud instance management ICHEC staff
10:30 - 11:00 BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 Code management ICHEC staff
12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 - 15:30 AWS: Elastic Map Reduce AWS staff
15:30 - 16:00 BREAK
16:00 - 17:30 AWS hands-on & Introduction to the "Grand Challenge" AWS & ICHEC staff

3rd September - Monday
08:30 - 13:00 "Grand Challenge" Supervised by AWS & ICHEC staff
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 17:30 Presentation of solutions to the "Grand Challenge"
Selection of winning team


We would like to pay special thanks to Amazon Web Services for their sponsorship of this event.