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Wednesday, December 9 • 10:20am - 10:50am
Peer-to-Peer Numeric Computing with JavaScript - Athan Reines, Verbify, Inc.

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Traditionally, if you wanted to write fast code for numeric computation, you used Fortran or C. Within the past two decades, we have seen an enormous shift toward languages which favor expressiveness over absolute speed. Much of scientific computing is now performed using dynamic, loosely typed languages, such as R or Python. Taking into account JavaScript's expressiveness, why not do your computing in Node? In this talk, Athan Reines will discuss numeric computation in JavaScript, libraries currently available, and what makes these libraries competitive with and even superior to alternatives on other platforms. He will discuss how to leverage Node libraries when building P2P compute applications, culminating in a demo showcasing WebRTC and RPC over a peer network. Finally, he will outline future steps and identify opportunities for community development of next-generation tools.

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Athan Reines

I am a full-stack engineer and data scientist. I have a PhD in Physics, where I used machine learning and time series analytics to probe biological systems at the nanoscale. My current projects focus on numeric computing using Node.js and JavaScript. I have authored 800+ node modules, as well as browser libraries for exploratory data analysis. I have spoken at conferences on the interplay between philosophy and physics, on topics in the... Read More →


Wednesday December 9, 2015 10:20am - 10:50am
Grand Ballroom 1