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Open Days 2013

March 1st and 2nd, 2013

Free Software Stall ©

CSA Open Day features a Free Software Stall, in collaboration with Free Software Movement Karnataka.

Free Software in Academics has proven itself to be an undisputed requirement in today's technology driven society, with most of the Foreign and National universities inculcating the culture of using Free and Open Source Software in Academics and Research.

CSA in collaboration with Free Software Movement Karnataka at bringing out the various facets of Free Software in Academics and extents of applicability in Research to facilitate and enable the research pursuers to utilize the abundant resources available in the Free Software world.

This year there will be Free Hardware Demos also.


March 2nd, 9.30am - 10.00am / Room 117

FOSS for Geo-informatics

T V Ramachandra, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc

March 2nd, 2.00pm - 2.30pm / Room 117

J C Bose and Free Knowledge Systems

Prof. Gopinath K, CSA, IISc

J C Bose, not only was a great Scientist India saw but also a man with values. He believed in free exchange of scientific knowledge and strongly believed that knowledge grows by sharing it with fellow scientists.

March 2nd, 2.30pm - 2.45pm / Room 117

Open source software in Power Lab

Abhijit Kshirsagar

March 2nd, 2.45pm - 3.00pm / Room 117


Mohit Jain

Gerris is a Free Software program for the solution of the partial differential equations describing fluid flow. Gerris was created by Stephane Popinet. Dr. Gaurav Tomar from mechanical engineering, IISc is a fellow contributor to the code.
A brief summary of its main features:
  • Solves the time-dependent incompressible variable-density Euler, Stokes or Navier-Stokes equation
  • Entirely automatic mesh generation in complex geometries
  • Portable parallel support using the MPI library, dynamic load-balancing, parallel offline visualisation
  • Accurate surface tension model
Gerris is extensively used in Mechanical engineering, IISc to model interfacial and multiphase flows.

March 2nd, 3.00pm - 3.30pm / Room 117

Scientific Computation using Free Software


  • Why Free Software in scientific computation - open source, community, variety of tools.
  • Wide range of tools - GNU Octave, Scilab, Python based : Mayavi, Matplotlib, Sage, GNU R and others.

Free Hardware

Just as the source code of the software needs to be accessible by everyone, hardware in a similar sense one must be able to make hardware modifications.

Freedoms of Free Hardware

  • All physical designs and schematics must be easily available under a license which allows modification and resale of the new device.
  • All software and firmware must be modifiable by the end user using Free Software tool-chains.
  • The owner has the right to repair, modify and re-purpose with legal and social responsibility.
  • The device must also allow:
    • Updating of all firmware and software by the end-user.
    • The user must be allowed to disassemble and reassemble the complete product.