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Geek Porn at the Tcl Conference
by Andreas Kupries

Andreas Kupries, October 26, 2010

Jeff Hobbs and I recently attended the 17th annual Tcl Conference in Illinois. The event was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the packed schedule as well as seeing so many familiar faces.

Conference highlights:

  • Reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones
  • WubTk - Tk for the Web
  • Transitions from the venerable 8.4 to 8.5
  • Embedded software development on micro-controller based systems
  • Augmented Reality, Google Earth and Tcl/Tk

Annual Tcl Conference

Annual Tcl Conference

Annual Tcl Conference

This year the attendees were treated to a fantastic tour of FermiLab....pure geek porn! Even if we didn't get to stand in the collider tunnel itself ;)

We saw computers which filter 1.6 million events per second, deciding in 44 microseconds what to keep or discard, 15 petabyte of storage in tape libraries (with the monitoring apps having a Tk GUI), several thousands of PCs for grid computing, and the starting point of one of the first accelerators that is still running, generating the protons for much of their work. Pretty amazing stuff...

FermiLab

FermiLab

FermiLab

If you missed the conference and would like to read the proceedings, they are available to purchase for $20 at Lulu Marketplace.

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Andreas Kupries is a senior Tcl developer at ActiveState where his focus is the ActiveTcl distribution. He also works on the Tcl Dev Kit component of ASPN Tcl. Andreas is a member of the Tcl Core Team. He's the Tcllib release manager and has authored more than 25 Tcl modules and extensions! He has a Master in Computer Science from the RWTH Aachen.