Finite Simple Groups: Thirty Years of the Atlas and Beyond Princeton (US California), 2015-11-02 to 2015-11-05

Main goals

Gather contributors to and users of the ``Atlas of Finite Simple Groups’’ and other mathematical databases to learn about past, presence, and future.

OpenDreamKit implication

OpenDreamKit was not the main organizer of this event, it was used to fund one project member (Markus Pfeiffer).

Event summary

The event featured talks by high-profile mathematicians, such as John H. Conway, John Thompson, Michael Aschbacher, and many more.

Discussion sessions highlighted the need for mathematical knowledge stored in databases. Some major examples that were discussed are

Most of these databases share common issues such as reliability of the data, the reliability and longevity of the storage, maintenance, and managing contributions.

Results and impact

The attendance of this conference shed light on how some mathematicians view mathematical databases, and what issues they see. This is an important contribution for WP6. It also contributed to the attendee’s understanding of the needs of our potential users (WP4).

Further discussions with GAP users and developers about HPC-GAP were a side-effect of the attendance of this event.

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