Meeting 2015/01/24


24th of January, 2015


Praekelt Offices.


Gijs Molenaar will give the talk he had to postpone last year and will be talking about using Docker to deploy scientific software bundles.

About the Talk

As a scientific software engineer in the field of radio astronomy, I'm involved in creating, improving and maintaining a broad range of tools used by scientists. These tools are used to process and analyse data coming from various radio telescopes, particularly LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) and SKA (Square Kilometre Array). Radio astronomy has a long and rich computing related history, and with that comes a big pile of poorly written, fragile, and badly maintained legacy code. This problem is not unique to radio astronomy but is a common in various scientific fields.

Although no quick solution exists when it comes to re-writing lots of legacy code, Docker helps to contain this fragile software, simplifies the installation and ensures that the software works. In this talk I will discuss how Papino (, our umbrella project for containing various radio astronomy libraries and RODRIGUES, an online radio telescope simulator leverage Docker and Python.

About the Speaker

When I was a kid I wanted to become a bicycle repair man. Now I'm working at the University of Amsterdam as a scientific software engineer on software for the LOFAR telescope, which is also fun. At the same time I'm doing a PhD on data reduction pipelines for the SKA telescope in South Africa. I have a MSc in Artificial Intelligence but accidentally ended up in radio astronomy. In my spare time I make craft beer and produce electronic music.


The slides for the talk are available from

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on the 7th of March, 2015

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