Collaboration between open source and research communities empowers open hardware to explore new grounds and hopefully deliver on the "third industrial revolution". The first edition of the Exceptionally Hard and Soft Meeting featured lectures delivered by international makers, hackers, scientists and engineers on topics such as nuclear fusion, chip design, vacuum equipment machining, and applied quantum physics. Tutorials gave a welcoming hands-on introduction to people of all levels, including kids.
EHSM is back in summer 2014 for another edition of the most cutting-edge open source conference. This year we are proud to welcome you to an exceptional venue: DESY, Europe's second-largest particle physics laboratory!
Since the introduction of 'next-generation' sequencers, the cost of sequencing a single human genome has fallen exponentially; even much faster than Moore's Law. Modern fluorescence-based genome sequencers are complex instruments that can sequence billions of basepairs in a matter of days by sequencing millions of fragments of a genome in parallel. In this talk, I show how we have deconstructed one of the pioneering Illumina instruments, explain how it works, and show how we have managed to reconstruct an automated fluorescence imaging microscope system from scrapped Illumina sequencer parts.
Yosys is the first full-featured open source software for Verilog HDL synthesis. It supports most of Verilog-2005 and is well tested with real-world designs from the ASIC and FPGA world.
Learn how to use Yosys to create your own custom synthesis flow and discover why open source HDL synthesis is important for researchers, hobbyists, educators and engineers alike.
The presentation covers basic concepts of Yosys and writing simple synthesis scripts. There will be also a workshop covering advanced topics.
Yosys is the first step towards a fully open FPGA/ASIC toolchain, and is currently used with vendor place-and-route tools.
Speaker: Clifford Wolf writes open source software and is active in the open source and Linux community since the mid 90s. His prior projects include the Linux distribution build kit ROCK Linux and the 3D CAD modeller OpenSCAD. Since 2012 he is working on Yosys.
Mass spectrometry is a very useful tool in solid-state physics research and material analysis.
The presentation will cover three spectrometry techniques: Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry (GDMS) and Spark Source Mass Spectrometry (SSMS).
It will explain the principles of operation and the construction of example devices and their "hearts" - quadrupole and double focusing mass spectrometers.
For a mass spectrometer to work, the analyzed material needs to be ionized first. The talk will show how that happens in SIMS, GDMS and SSMS.
Finally, the presentation will show sample measurement results.
Watch this space, and there is still time to submit yours (see below).
Attendance is open to all curious minds.
EHSM is entirely supported by its attendees and sponsors. To help us make this event happen, please donate and/or order your ticket as soon as possible.
EHSM is a non-profit event where the majority of the budget covers speakers' travel and transportation of exhibition equipment.
Is there a device in your basement that demonstrates violations of Bell's inequalities? We want to see it in action. Are you starting up a company to build nuclear fusion reactors? Tell us about it. Does your open source hardware or software run some complex, advanced and beautiful scientific instruments? We are eager to learn about it. Do you have stories to tell about your former job manufacturing ultra high vacuum equipment in the Soviet Union? We want to hear about your experiences. Do you have a great design for a difficult open source product that can be useful to millions? Team up with the people who can help implement your ideas.
Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome to present technologically awesome work at EHSM. Travel assistance and visa invitation letters provided upon request. All lectures are in English.
This year, we will try to improve the conference's documentation by publishing proceedings. When relevant, please send us a paper on your presentation topic. We are OK with previously published work, we simply expect high quality and up-to-date content.
To submit your presentation, send a mail to email@example.com with typically the following information:
If you need us to arrange your trip:
We will again have an exhibition area where you can show and demonstrate your work - write to the same email address to apply for space. If you are bringing bulky or high-power equipment, make sure to let us know:
Tutorials on any technology topic are also welcome, and may cater to all levels, including beginners and kids.
We acknowledge receipt of all submission emails; if you have not heard from us one week after your application, it means we have not received your message. Write again or call +4917639295103.
We are counting on you to make this event awesome. Feel free to nominate other speakers that you would like to see at the conference, too - just write us a quick note and we will contact them.
Conference starts: morning of June 27th, 2014
Conference ends: evening of June 29th, 2014
Early registration fee ends: February 1st, 2014
Please submit lectures, tutorials and exhibits before: May 15th, 2014 (sooner if you have complicated travel requirements)
22607 Hamburg, Germany
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Hamburg!
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