I would like to see one of these happen at an Enzo users/developers workshop.  The first real Enzo developers workshop took place at the end of a week that started with a users workshop where a number of students and new users came and learned some ins and outs of Enzo.  Like with Enzo, a lot of what we're trying to do with yt is break the distinction between users and developers.  I think a good way to do that is to devote at least a little time to helping newer yt users get more familiar with the code and then encourage them to stick around when we turn the discussion to development.  I wouldn't mind seeing this happen on its own, but I agree with Matt that that may be a couple years off.  In the mean time, piggy backing off of a meeting that is bringing together people with numerical simulations on their minds is probably a pretty good start.  Could we try for this some time in the spring?


On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Matthew Turk <matthewturk@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Marcel, Casey, Chris,

Marcel: The Enzo workshop is at Columbia, in NYC, from Oct 12-15.

So after about a week, I think it is becoming clear that there's
*some* interest in a workshop, but that perhaps it isn't quite yet to
critical mass.  For an in-person workshop, either standalone or
piggy-backing on a larger workshop/conference, to be a success I think
we would need some kind of participation from both new
users/developers as well as more experienced participants.  I think
trying to get this all together this fall might be rushing it a bit.

Perhaps we could try for a virtual workshop, or to try to piggy back
on a conference sometime later this fall or next year.  HIPACC runs a
series of conferences and there will also be Enzo workshops next year
(at which one could find several yt developers.)  I've heard rumors of
the Enzo workshops being in CA or CO, which are a bit more centrally
located for some attendees.

That being said, I think there's enough interest that we could
definitely set up (and find a tiny bit of money for) a few small (2-4
people) collaboration "workshops" or meetings.  I think it would be
great if some day we could have a full workshop / conference, but I
think it's still a bit early for that.

Thoughts from anyone?


On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 11:15 AM, Marcel Haas <mhaas@stsci.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I would be very interested in this. It will definitely give me a good start
> in the direction of trying to get yt compatible with particle-based
> simulations. I do, however, not have funding available for trips like this
> from our group's grant. I might try other sources, but money isn't something
> readily available nowadays…
> When/where is that Enzo conference?
> Cheers, Marcel
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> From: Christopher Moody <juxtaposicion@gmail.com>
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> To: yt-dev <yt-dev@lists.spacepope.org>
> Subject: [Yt-dev] Interest in a yt Workshop?
> Hi all,
> Earlier today I sent an email on yt-users list mistakenly reporting that
> there was a yt users' & developers' conference. Now at the moment there
> isn't one, but after having spoken to Matt a bit, we realized that maybe
> that's not a bad idea.
> We came up with a few questions:
> 1. Virtual or real workshop?
> 2. What should be the goals?
> 3. How many people would be interested, and how many could come?
> 4. Funding sources?
> We were tentatively considering piggy-backing the Enzo conference, but
> adding two days before it.
> Thoughts?
> chris
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