Category Archives: Philosophy

How to make the digital transformation of manufacturing happen ?

[Originally appeared as guest post on the Industrial IoT/Industrie 4.0 Viewpoints blog] The Digital Transformation is there: devices, technologies and suppliers are ready to bring manufacturing enterprises to a new level with increased productivity and more added value. But if … Continue reading

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Summary of the A&T fair, 2016 edition

Here is the Affidabilità e Tecnologie (A&T) fair, 2016 edition (held in , Torino April 20-21 2016) summarized by three audiovisual documents: Robot drives train: Robot plays golf: Robot brews coffee:

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Bash on Windows 10

This week at Build 2016, the yearly developer-oriented conference, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be able to run Linux’s Bash shell, by executing the native Ubuntu binary as-is. Don’t stop at the news headline though: this is not just … Continue reading

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A JSON-based file format for the exchange of thermo-physical model parameters

We present a proof-of-concept, JSON-based, vendor-independent file format for the exchange of thermo-physical model parameters. You can try it out in this browser-based demo tool. We started from what is already avaiable: the IK-CAPE PPDX format, a vendor-independent file format for … Continue reading

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Doing RPC in 2013

Some history 18 years ago I bought a book titled “Power programming with RPC”; I was surprised to see that the 1992 book is still available now ! After reading it, at the time I was really excited about RPC … Continue reading

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Read Books? Why? Use internet!

Suppose you a problem to solve. Then you can call expert and pay them to solve it, or you can solve it by your own. Now suppose you are a crazy guy and so you choose the second way. You … Continue reading

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Is open source an option for process simulation software ?

This is an updated version of the forum entry titled “Is open source appropriate at all for chemeng software ?” which was posted here 5 years ago; that forum seems abandoned nowadays, but the topic is still relevant so I … Continue reading

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Innovation in numerical analysis

Innovation does not stop in the field of numerical analysis, which lies at the heart of industrial applications of numerical simulation and modeling. In this regards the recent paper “Multifrontal Factorization of Sparse SPD Matrices on GPUs (ACM)” by T … Continue reading

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64 ain’t enough

It seems a great deal to have 64 bits to address memory. Take the integer value of 264 = 18446744073709551616: that’s more than 18 followed by 18 zeros, or 18 exa (mega, M = 106; giga, G = 109; tera, … Continue reading

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Reaction-Diffusion

Reaction + diffusion is a common combination of phenomena studied by chemical engineers, which could be described by these equations: “where u and v are the concentrations of hypothetical factors, f and g are the reaction kinetics and Du and … Continue reading

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