[OH Updates] Tools for Open Source Hardware (was: Re: Working together to promote open(-source) hardware?)

Javier Serrano Javier.Serrano at cern.ch
Wed Sep 28 12:02:04 PDT 2011

On Wed, 2011-09-28 at 10:09 -0700, Michael Shiloh wrote:
> Changing topics:
> 1) I respectfully agree with you that tools are vital to OSHW. I often 
> suggest to programmers or those with time but no/little money who want 
> to help support Open Source Hardware that working on tools is a great 
> way to help. Is there already or will you set up a mailing list for the 
> Kicad progress? I'd love to be involved.

There is a mailing list and a wiki page. More info here:

> 2) Severely off topic, but we're all geeks here and I suspect the 
> diversion will be welcome to some: I know there is a ton of information 
> on the CERN website but can you tell us in a sentance or two what's new 
> in chasing neutrinos these days?

I lead (well I try to) a team of hardware designers specializing in
(among other things) synchronization of distributed systems. We designed
a system inspired by the way national metrology labs manufacture UTC,
using high-precision GPS receivers and atomic clocks. This system
allowed the measurement of neutrino speed to unprecedented levels of
accuracy. The neutrino beam is shot from CERN through 732 km of Earth
crust in a straight line all the way to Gran Sasso National Lab in
Italy. The geodesy people measured the distance very precisely. We
measured the time very precisely. The physicists made a very good
analysis leading to a good evaluation of neutrino speed, but it turned
out to be bigger than a very sacred number of Physics. So we are all
very stressed :) 
More info:

Sorry for the OT. Back to OSHW now!


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