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By Reka Solymosi, University of Manchester.

By Vasilios Mavroudis and Petr Svenda. This is the story of the most popular execution environment, its shortcomings, and how open source and hacking saved the day.According to recent revelations, the MINIX operating system is embedded in the Management Engine of all Intel CPUs released after 2015. A side-effect of this is that MINIX became known as the most widespread operating system in the world almost overnight. However, in the last decade another tiny OS has silently pushed itself into even more devices around the world while remaining unknown to most: JavaCard.
On 24 May 2018, Maria Cruz, Shalini Kurapati, and Yasemin Türkyilmaz-van der Velden led a workshop titled “Software Reproducibility: How to put it into practice?”, as part of the event Towards cultural change in data management – data stewardship in practice held at TU Delft, the Netherlands. There were 17 workshop participants, including researchers, data stewards, and research software engineers. Here we describe the rationale of the workshop, what happened on the day, key discussions and insights, and suggested next steps.

News

On the 11th of July, The Software Sustainability Institute and Jisc will be running a Software Deposit and Preservation Workshop in Oxford. At this workshop, research data managers, digital repository vendors, publishers, policymakers and researchers will present their perspectives on software deposit and preservation. Speakers include Naomi Penfold (eLife), Roberto Di Cosmo (Software Heritage), Federica Fina (University of St. Andrews) and Antonis Lempesis (Athena Research and Innovation Centre/OpenAIRE).

Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Tania Allard will be giving a talk about practical steps for reproducible data analysis pipelines (Title: "A crazy little thing called reproducible science") at RAPIDS conference on the 19th of July 20

We've been working hard to bring our users a new and better Software Sustainability Institute website. After several months of work, we're finally going live! Tomorrow morning, you'll be able to visit the new website at this same address: www.software.ac.uk. If you encounter any technical difficulties during the next couple of days or have any comments about the new website, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at info@software.ac.uk or via Twitter @SoftwareSaved. 

Events

HPC Carpentry will take place on 25th and 26th July 2018 at the University of Leeds. This course is aimed at researchers who have little or no experience of using high performance or high throughput computing but are interested to learn how it could help their research, how they could use it and how it provides additional performance. You need to have previous experience working with the Unix Shell. For a brief introduction to bash, you can refer to the Software Carpentry material available online. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Registration for RSE 2018 in Birmingham in September is now open. The conference will kick off on Monday 3rd September with registration from 08:30 to 09:30 and the last session will wrap up at 17:30. A conference dinner sponsored by Microsoft will be held that evening in the Great Hall at 19:30 starting with a drinks reception at 19:00. The conference will continue on Tuesday 4th September with registration for anyone who hasn’t registered on Monday at 08:30, and sessions starting at 09:30 and will close at 17:30.  
The Gateways Conference will take place from Tuesday through Thursday, 25th – 27th September 2018 at the University of Texas, Austin. Science gateways connect components of advanced cyber-infrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways.

"We are in a position to fundamentally reorganise the heart of the software. By doing so, this will enable us to maintain the software into the future and facilitate the process of adding new functionality to the software ... SSI can assist in having software usable by others not just for a few months or a year, but rather for a much longer software lifetime"

- Eric Rexstad, Distance