Following the success of its repeatedly oversubscribed 2017 series of tech talks, BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT – has announced a further two exciting talk nights coming up this autumn.

The talks, which are free to attend, continue the theme of ‘of now’ technology subject matters and examine the increasing careful balance required between ‘freedom and efficiency’ that modern technology provides to us.

Supercomputer future

Its fifth talk, which is due to be held at Bristol’s science incubator Unit DX on 27 September, will focus on supercomputing, with experts Tony Ford from Cray Supercomputing, Edgar Whitley – an Associate Professor of Information Systems from London School Economics and Simon Ponsford – CTO at virtual supercomputer startup YellowDog.

With the talks entitled ‘The Changing face of Computing Infrastructure’, Tony will provide an insight into the scalability metrics that are important for supercomputer systems today and increasingly so for upcoming systems.

Edgar will draw on his research to explore why companies might want to move to a cloud model of computing and highlight some of the challenges of managing the organisational transformation such a shift would involve and finally Simon will examine ‘how to render the latest blockbuster in an afternoon’.

Military gaming

The sixth talk will be held at the Bristol and Bath Science Park on 22 November, exploring the future of military gaming with John Curry, a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University who has an international reputation in conflict simulations and Tom Ball, Technical Director at Bristol-based Close Air Solutions, which provides training solutions via specialist tech and virtual reality scenarios to the security industry.

John will provide a history of military simulation and an introduction to games-based technology. Tom will discuss using mixed reality technology in the live environment and what is either available now or shortly will be.

There will also be an opportunity to check out a live demo of the latest Close Air Solutions technology.

To sign up to the talks, head to the BCS Bristol events page and make sure you stay up to date on any further talks and events by following them on Twitter here: @BCSBristol.

Alice Whale