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Hamming: You and Your Research

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a re-post from my previous website. Whilst I prepare my next blog post (several months in the making), here’s a reminder of the brilliant talk by Richard Hamming entitled “You and Your Research”. It’s a must-read for all academics, and I re-read it at least once a year: http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/YouAndYourResearch.html

Lee Smolin on Academia

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a re-post from my previous website. I recently came across this fantastic quote from Lee Smolin, author of “The Trouble with Physics”, on the nature of academia. Posting it here as a reminder to self. “Like so many things important for life the issues you talk about come down to values. There is to put it simply, an ongoing fight between those of us who do science to

Compiling the DaCapo 9.12 Bach Benchmark Suite in Ubuntu 12.04

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a re-post from my previous website. Posting as it may still be of use to research students treating the murky path of JVM research… Update 26/05/2015. Thanks to Peter Hofer at JKU for a useful addendum regarding further problems! Recently I’ve been doing some unusual memory management research using AspectJ. As part of this research, I’ve had to recompile the DaCapo 9.12 Benchmark Suite, which is the standard suite