DIAS PROJECT meets with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

A one-day workshop was held between the NMMU , Eskom and Enerweb on the 17 March 2009, at the NMMU Summerstrand Campus (South). The intention was to specifically discover, understand and then plan a future for the NMMU forecasting work, in collaboration with the Demand Intelligence Analytics Server (DIAS) delivery platform.

The day started off with a demonstration, by  Prof. Litvine on  the Eskom Forecast Consolidation Project, focussing on the web interfaces that have been developed thus far, with the aid of JSP pages, Web Mathematica, and the Mathematica models which he is building

Everybody participated in an overall architecture discussion, specifically relating to the interaction and collaboration of the Mathematica Tools, the Load Studies Data Store, a future planned Forecast Operational Data Store, and the DIAS delivery platform / productivity tool. In order to ensure future robustness, a long term, “production version”, was to be designed for

Everybody joined in and a road ahead was plotted and future work was identified, with the concept of a “task” being described, where this task must be written in such a way that it can be re-used by multiple platforms, and multiple technologies (e.g. SAS model manager). In addition, the task should be “wrapped” correctly, so that multiple re-use could be obtained from as many consumers as possible

Gerard gave an introductory DIAS slide presentation, where Schalk showed that with the addition of some metadata, added to a R written modelling task, that the DIAS engine is able to render a Desktop Decision Application without the need for any additional application coding (e.g. JSP’s)

Marius and Thomas identified that a DIAS adaptor for Web Mathematic is to be targeted next, adding to the list of DIAS supported platforms , which now already includes R, Java, Python and Octave

Gerard distributed 2 copies of DIAS , one to Thomas Monk , and one copy to Mark Nasila of the NMMU, showing them where they could find more information (i.e. this blog), and the HelloWorld example, so that they could test drive the DIAS platform.

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