Utrecht chapter of Papers We Love
What was the last paper within the realm of computing you read and loved? What did it inspire you to build or tinker with? Come share the ideas in an awesome academic/research paper with fellow engineers, programmers, and paper-readers. Lead a session and show off code that you wrote that implements these ideas or just give us the lowdown about the paper. Otherwise, just come, listen, and discuss.
There is a list of interesting papers in our GitHub repository. Feel free to open a PR if you would like a paper to be added.
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What does it take to generate realistic scenes in a game? What are the trade-offs faced by game studios when implementing algorithms to this end? Have there been any fundamental breakthroughs in recent years regarding scene rendering? This edition of Papers We Love will answer these and more questions. Jacco Bikker will tell us about his adventures with ray tracing and how a Ph.D. dissertation lured him from game programming to the academic world.
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Tired of writing unit tests by hand? Ever wondered if you could let the computer do that for you? Then this edition of Papers We Love is something that should get you excited! Wouter Swierstra will discuss QuickCheck, a library that helps you generate tests for your programs.
Find the paper here.
QuickCheck: a lightweight tool for random testing Haskell programs
QuickCheck is a tool which aids the Haskell programmer in formulating and testing properties of programs. It has been hugely successful and the underlying ideas have been ported to many different languages. In this talk, I want to present the original QuickCheck paper and say a bit about the field of research that it has sparked.
Speaker: Wouter Swierstra
Wouter Swierstra is a lecturer in the Software Technology group of the University of Utrecht. His PhD was on making programming languages with …
Crazy about concurrency, and love some linearizability? Then this edition of Papers We Love is something that should get you excited! Marco Rietveld will discuss all things ACID to give you a solid BASE of understanding about single node database systems.
Find the paper here.
A Critique of ANSI SQL Isolation Levels
ANSI SQL-92 defines Isolation Levels in terms of phenomena: Dirty Reads, Non-Repeatable Reads, and Phantoms. This paper shows that these phenomena and the ANSI SQL definitions fail to characterize several popular isolation levels, including the standard locking implementations of the levels. Investigating the ambiguities of the phenomena leads to clearer definitions; in addition new phenomena that better characterize isolation types are introduced. An important multiversion isolation type, Snapshot…
This is the second meetup of Papers we Love Utrecht.
Behrooz Nobakht from HERE will give us a 30 minute presentation about TLA+, a specification language for concurrent and distributed systems. He will give an introduction to textbook examples of TLA+ and, if time allows, he will also show us real-world TLA+ specifications (e.g. the one for the raft consenus protocol).
We think it sounds very exciting and fits well with the last meetup's subject!
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This is the first meetup of Papers we Love Utrecht. We will discuss the Paxos Made Simple paper. For extra context you can also refer to Paxos Made Live and The Part-Time Parliament, but it is not strictly necessary.
19:00 - Welcome
19:15 - Laurens Duijvesteijn will present the paper
20:00 - Discussion + social
This meetup is the first in a series about distributed systems. Possible future topics are:
* <a>Spanner: Google's Globally-Distributed Database</a>
* Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-value Store
* The Raft consens…