Open Source Club

at The Ohio State University

The Open Source Club at the Ohio State University is a registered student organization composed of members from all around campus and out into the community who share a common enthusiasm for free, open source software. Our focus is on building a strong community of open source users and developers in order to bring the benefits of open development, open standards, and free software to the university community.

  • email
  • office
    Caldwell Labs, Rm 112F
  • next meeting
    April 20, 2017
  • meeting location
    Dreese Labs, Rm 264
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posted: 06-24-2017

VR Demo And An Adieu To Graduating Seniors

posted: 04-16-2017

Join us Thursday April 20th at 19:00 in Dreese Labs 264, for a virtual reality workshop. We’ll use the Aframe framework made by Mozilla VR to work through a few simple VR examples. Before we get started with our adventure into VR, we’ll have a sendoff for our graduating seniors.

As always, there will be pizza and laptops are encouraged.

– malide


Open Source Radio

posted: 04-10-2017

This Thursday, April 13, at 19:00 in Dreese Labs 264, join the Open Source Club and Dan Zeleznikar, Ohio State ECE alumni and current LGS Signal Processing Engineer, for an overview of open source HW/SW that can be used for radio communications transceivers, including a demo of reverse engineering the controls of an RC car. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own RC toys for experimentation as well. Feel free to bring resumes, and dinner will be provided!


Email systems and management

posted: 03-31-2017

Join us this Thursday, April 06, at 19:00 in Dreese 264 for a talk on email. Email is one of the oldest and widely used protocols on the internet today. This talk will discuss how we have tried to keep it safe from scammers and spammers while maintaining backwards compatibility. Additionally we will discuss how modern email systems are setup and how to set up email for your own domain.

As always there will be pizza and laptops are encouraged



Crypto War II

posted: 03-28-2017

Join us Thursday March 30th, at 19:00 in Dreese Labs 264 for a talk with Matt Curtin, former OSC advisor and founder of Interhack, a computer expert firm with a history of cybersecurity expertise in and out of the courtroom. Matt Curtin will discuss the effect of government policy on infrastructure.

Government policy to address the real threat to our critical infrastructure is almost exactly wrong. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have absurdly taken the position that rather than hardening targets, vulnerabilities should be left open and weaponized. Meanwhile government agents give misleading or simply incorrect testimony before Congress, undermining confidence in both the executive branch and the legislature meant to provide oversight to critical functions.

Today’s debate over encryption and cyber defenses is just as it was twenty years ago. We will examine the Crypto War from that era and consider how best to protect computer systems and the infrastructure that relies on them.

-Matt Curtin

As always there will be pizza and laptops are encouraged.

P.S. Don’t forget that presidential and auxillary officer positions are up for election this Thursday also


An Intro to Rust With Paradigm

posted: 03-20-2017

Join us this Thursday, March 23rd in Dreese 264 at 19:00 for a talk by Daniel Thau, creator of Bedrock Linux.

Daniel “paradigm” Thau will introduce the Rust programming language. Rust is a programming language with a focus on both performance and correctness with an emphasis on compile-time assurances against memory and data race issues. The presentation will give an overview of the more notable aspects of Rust with the intent to equip the audience to readily learn more, if interested.

As always, pizza will be provided and laptops are encouraged


Ansible And Elections

posted: 03-06-2017

Join us this Thursday, March 9th 2017, at 19:00 in Dreese 264 for a talk by Smacz on the popular automation software, Ansible. Used in industry for tasks such as configuration management, Ansible is often used to keep servers synchronized with standardized settings. Ansible was developed by RedHat to simplify automation and provide an easy to read syntax.

Elections for 2017-2018 officers are also Thursday. If you’re an undergraduate student graduating May of 2018 or later, you are a viable candidate. Positions include, but are not limited to, president, vice president, and treasurer. Make sure to make it to the meeting on time if you want to run for a position, as elections will start at 19:00.


SP17 Elections

posted: 03-02-2017

Hack Night

posted: 03-02-2017

Join us tonight at 19:00 for a hack night. Bring your projects and questions with you. Have a project that you’re working on that you could use help with, bring it with you. Have questions about an open source topic, bring it with you. This meeting is meant to be an opportunity to work on what you want with other enthusiasts as a resource. As always there will be pizza, and more than ever, laptops are encouraged.


Neural Networks and Deep Learning with Capital One

posted: 02-22-2017

Deep learning has become one of the hottest topics in computing in the past few years. Neural networks are not a new topic, but with the recent advances in computation capacity provided by hardware accelerators, in particular GPUs, they have gained new popularity. In this talk we present some of the concepts behind neural networks and deep learning, and then shift to the performance aspects of available solutions. We will finally focus on Tensorflow, an open source deep learning package, and provide a hands-on demo using it.

Bio- Reza Farivar is a manager at the Data Intelligence team in Capital One. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, working on Big Data, Clouds and Machine Learning pipeline engineering. His Postdoctoral work was on development of GPU-based learning algorithms for bioinformatics. His current work focuses on fast data streaming systems and distributed algorithms for Big Data learning and Cloud systems. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches topics related to cloud computing and big data applications, spanning from batch and real-time processing to deep-learning and graph-based systems.

Join us tomorrow, Thursday February 23rd at 19:00 to learn about machine learning from Reza Farivar of Capital One and some of his team. As always laptops are encouraged, and there will be pizza which is provided by Capital One this week.


Lightning Talks

posted: 02-12-2017

Join us Thursday February 16 at 19:00 with your short talks on technology to present to the club. Talks should be between 5 and 10 minutes on a topic that you find fascinating. Previous lightning talks have included version control, OpenSCAD, Linux MultiMedia Studio, and gaming on Linux. Be creative and be supprotive to those presenting.

Pizza will be provided and as always laptops are encouraged.


Idiomatic Python

posted: 02-03-2017

Join us Thursday February 9th, 2017 at 19:00 as Brian Costlow, a PyOhio board member and previous conference chair, presents on Python. A summary from Brian Costlow:

Idiomatic Python

All languages, even programming languages, develop idioms. Python is such a flexible language that newcomers to the language sometimes end up writing “C in Python” or “Java in Python”. This talk will cover some common pitfalls where there is more than one way to do it, and show you which one a seasoned Pythonista would reach for. Along the way, we’ll talk about iterators, generators, data structures, comprehensions and more.

As always there will be pizza, and laptops are encouraged!


résumé workshop

posted: 01-30-2017

Join us this Thursday, February 2nd 2017, at 19:00 as Former OSU grads from Harris Corporation discuss their jobs as software engineers at Harris Corporation. Learn how to properly format your resume to highlight your software skills, and include notable projects you’ve done as a student, to better catch the attention of software recruiters at high-tech companies.

As always there will be pizza and laptops are encouraged.


MVAPICH and High Power Computing

posted: 01-23-2017

Join us Thursday January 26th at 19:00 in Caldwell 120 as Professor DK Panda, a distinguished scholar of the CSE department and member of the Network-Based Computing Laboratory at OSU.

The Network-Based Computing Laboratory at OSU/CSE in actively engaged in designing software libraries for supercomputers. The open-source MVAPICH software project at OSU/CSE has been enabling MPI libraries for TOP supercomputers in the World (including the latest #1st ranked) during the last decade. The group is also involved in designing High-Performance Big Data libraries for Hadoop, Spark and Memcached, and are focused on High-Performance Deep Learning such as Caffe and CNTK. This talk will provide an overview of these projects. It will also provide an outline of the associated research, publications, designs, testing and support framework for these libraries. Opportunities for students to get involved in the R&D activities in these projects will be outlined. The talk will follow with an open Q&A session with several members of the Network-Based Computing Laboratory. The session will conclude with a tour of the Laboratory consisting of multiple high-end clusters involving thousands of cores.

Pizza will be provided by the Network-Based Computing Laboratory, and as always laptops are encouraged.


Linux tips and tricks

posted: 01-17-2017

Join us Thursday January 19th, 2017 at 19:00 in Caldwell 120 as Stephen Haffner presents on some Linux tips and tricks.

This talk by Stephen Haffner wants to help make you a better Linux user! It will start with some quick tips on using the command line more efficiently, provide an overview of the organization of a Linux system, and finish up with a smattering of useful file, networking, and security tools available on most distributions.

As always there will be pizza and laptops are encouraged.


Welcome Back

posted: 01-12-2017

Join us on January 12th, 2017 at 19:00 in Caldwell 120 as we discuss the upcoming semester and how to contribute to open source.

As always there wil be pizza, and laptops are encouraged.


Spring 2017 Semester Schedule

posted: 01-07-2017

Von Neumann machines

posted: 11-30-2016

Join us this Thursday as Jon Arnett presents on Von Neumann machines and to say goodbye to our graduating seniors. The following is a brief excerpt on Von Neumann machines from Jon Arnett:

“Imagine a probe gliding through the galaxy. It lands on a planet, and begins to mine. After a while, it uses the materials it has collected to construct a replica of itself. The replica launches into space. The original probe sets off to explore its new found world, sending data back to Earth.

Imagine a nanobot breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of gas it must convert, it creates a replica to help it create a breathable atmosphere.

Imagine a world that’s gray. It undulates, slightly. If you were to take a microscope and look very closely (cautiously, though), you would see a teeming civilization of nanobots. They have overrun. They have eaten everything. They will eat you, too, if you get too close.

These are the promises and perils of Von Neumann (or Self-Replicating) machines. Join me for my exploration of this field, focusing on the history and theory of such machines.”

As always there will be pizza and laptops are encouraged.


Wikipedia in your next project

posted: 11-15-2016

Kevin Payravi from Wikipedia Connection will present on how to incorporate Wikipedia and its sister projects into your next project. The presentation will explore MediaWiki (the software behind Wikipedia), the MediaWiki API, machine learning and botting with Wikipedia, Wikidata (a free structured knowledgebase), and more. There will be an introduction to Tool Labs, Wikimedia’s free hosting environment for Wikimedia projects, as well as a look at some of the cool open source projects that have been developed for Wikipedia - which include vandalism-detecting bots, edit gamification, and making live music out of Wikipedia edits.

This presentation is an official HackOHI/O 2016 pre-hype event - we hope this presentation inspires you to make an awesome Wikimedia-related project at Ohio State’s annual hackathon!

Laptops are encouraged, and as always, there will be pizza.


The ELK Stack

posted: 11-08-2016

This Thursday, November 10th 2016, David Soller will be presenting the ELK stack.

The talk will center around the ELK stack and its ability “to take data from any source and search, analyze, and visualize it in real time.”( Each of the ELK stacks open source projects Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana will be covered.

Laptops are encouraged, and as always, there will be pizza.

– William Osler