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HackSoton 2018

On Saturday 14th April, HackSoton was once again hosted in Central Hall, Southampton. Now in its 9th iteration, it continues to be a day of hacking and helping, whether its working on a project… Read More

How Much Does a Compiler Cost?

The compiler tool chain is one of the largest and most complex components of any system, and increasingly will based on open source code, either GCC or LLVM. On a Linux system only the operating system kernel and browser will have more lines of code. For a commercial system, the compiler has to be completely reliable—whatever the source code, it should produce correct, high performance binaries. So how much does producing this large, complex and essential component cost? Thanks to open source not as much as you might think. In this post I provide a real world case study, which shows how bringing up a new commercially robust compiler tool chain need not be a huge effort. Read More

FOSDEM

EDSAC at FOSDEM

I have been accepted to give one of the Main Track talks at FOSDEM 2018 on EDSAC and Chip Hack 2017! Hooray! FOSDEM is the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting. It is a free-to-attend annual event… Read More

Cuttletree

Cuttletree, Embecosm’s Tweetable Tree

Christmas is a time for sharing and spreading good will, and at Embecosm this is something we are passionate about. Every year for the last 3 years, St Thomas Church in Lymington holds a Christmas Tree Festival in December, where… Read More

PhD Intern Wanted!

If you are a talented PhD student with an interest in compilers and security, we would love to hear from you. Embecosm provides services developing Free and Open Source (F/OSS) compilers for companies around the world. The architectures for… Read More

Diversity Report

Gender diversity in IT

The BCS has launched a report called “Diversity in IT – Shaping our Future together“. It is to be the UK’s first comprehensive report into all forms of diversity in the IT sector. To acknowledge this release, I shall briefly… Read More

PhD Intern Wanted!

If you are a talented PhD student with an interest in compilers and security, we would love to hear from you. Read More

Air delay lines

Air delay lines for EDSAC

Back in the original EDSAC computer, information was stored in a series of over 30 mercury delay lines all stored in a coffin-like box. These tubes would use the acoustic properties of mercury to reduce reflections. However, to prevent everyone… Read More