March 22nd: SOSA: The Scalable Open-Source Analysis Stack


Pangeo Showcase Talk by James A. Bednar at Anaconda, Inc.
Jim Bednar is the Director of Custom Services at Anaconda, Inc. Dr. Bednar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas, along with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy. He has published more than 50 papers and books about the visual system, software development, visualization, and reproducible science. Dr. Bednar manages the HoloViz project, a collection of open-source Python tools that includes Panel, hvPlot, Datashader, HoloViews, GeoViews, Param, Lumen, and Colorcet. Dr. Bednar was a Lecturer and Reader in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh from 2004-2015, and previously worked in hardware engineering and data acquisition at National Instruments.
Are you inspired by the geoscience software stack and want to help spread it to adjacent (or even far distant) areas of science? Tell them about SOSA: The Scalable Open-Source Analysis Stack. Most of the core tools used in Pangeo are completely general, by design, and together the domain-independent tools form a complete, flexible, and high-performance stack ready for doing science, engineering, and analysis at any scale from a laptop to a supercomputer. Here I will introduce the idea of SOSA, talk about the tools that make it up, and list 11 different characteristics of SOSA tools that make them good building blocks for constructing any scientific stack. Let’s get the whole world of science on board with the core of Pangeo, so that these tools can be even more well supported and shared universally!