January, 29th 2022
Today, I’m happy to announce the new major version 5.0.0 of the popular gradle-download-task. With this Gradle plugin, you can download files in your build scripts and display progress information. The release notes for the new version are rather extensive this time. Highlights include downloading multiple files in parallel, concurrent execution with other build tasks, and better support for Kotlin and Gradle 8 (see full list of changes below). Updating is recommended for all users.
January, 2nd 2022
When I wrote end-to-end tests for Sudocle the other day, I noticed that they ran much faster when I started my browser in non-headless mode. After some debugging, I was able to figure out that the browser I was using to run my tests (Chrome/Chromium), automatically employs a software renderer for WebGL when started headless. Since Sudocle heavily relies on WebGL, the tests could benefit a great deal from hardware acceleration.
July, 23rd 2021
My paper “Efficient Scheduling of Scientific Workflow Actions in the Cloud Based on Required Capabilities” has just been published in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS).
May, 19th 2021
I’ve just released the new version 5.8.0 of my scientific workflow management system Steep. One of the highlights of this version is increased fault tolerance: Steep schedulers are now able to resume the work of other crashed instances when they detect that a process chain is running but not monitored anymore. Steep 5.8.0 also includes many other new features (see details below). The version has been thoroughly tested in practise over the last couple of months.
April, 7th 2021
Our paper with the title “Executing cyclic scientific workflows in the cloud” has just been released in Springer’s Journal of Cloud Computing. In this paper, we present an algorithm and a software architecture for a cloud-based system that executes cyclic scientific workflows whose structure may change during run time.
March, 7th 2021
I’m a huge Sudoku fan. Today, I’m releasing the first version of my new web app called Sudocle. The app has been inspired by Cracking the Cryptic, the world’s most popular YouTube channel about Sudoku and other logic puzzles, which I can highly recommend!