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Welcome to EPIC CodeFests!

A codefest is a gathering of cross-functional community members to complete a short, rapid development project around a specific topic. The goal is to create functioning software around a desired feature by the event’s completion. EPIC offers hackathons on a quarterly basis; check back regularly to register!

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March 20 – 26, 2023

Hosted on Google Meet with breakout rooms

Short-Range Weather CodeFest 2022: UW Toolkit

December 5-9, 2022

Hosted on Google Meet with breakout rooms

The EPIC Team is hosting a week-long virtual CodeFest open to participants of all experience levels. Join up with folks from around the country, work together to fix theoretical vulnerabilities and issues in the Unified Workflow Toolkit, and get feedback from EPIC’s subject matter experts. 

Objective: Create functioning software around a desired feature by the event’s completion. This event will work on the Unified Workflow (UW) tools: https://github.com/ufs-community/workflow-tools. The Unified Workflow (UW) Toolkit provides the mechanism for moving data, submitting jobs, and generating and managing configuration files for the SRW Application. 

Participants/Eligibility: Anyone interested in the UW Toolkit or weather forecasting code. Limited to 100 participants.

Judging Criteria: Points will be provided based on the number of successfully mitigated findings in SonarQube.

CodeFest Agenda

Times listed in Eastern Standard Time

Past CodeFests

Short-Range Weather Application: The Unified Workflow Toolkit

Outcomes and Value

This Challenge was a way for the community to start working with UFS repositories from a modern take. The Unified Workflow repository is 100% python, and has unit testing, code standards, and code re-use built in. So, this was the first training that taught users how to checkout repositories, make contributions and then submit their peer-reviews for analysis. The unified workflow repository will be a great way for the broader community to learn about the UFS applications by starting with a repository that is more easily understood. This will drive users to let us know what other tools they would find beneficial, and be a  gateway to start understanding the more research intensive application repositories.

New ideas: It was brought up that industry uses more modern tools such as Jupyter notebooks, and more modern libraries. We should work with operations at NOAA to have a process to more easily scan libraries that the community would like to use so that we can help modern ideas continue to drive innovation, and shape legacy processes that need to modernize.

Outcomes and Value

The Hack-a-thon went really well this time.  The OCE thinks it went well, because we had so many students that were engaged throughout the week (~12).  We had a conference help channel open all week, and some users came in and asked some really great questions. The winner mitigated over 700 vulnerabilities, which was a serious undertaking for them (out of a possible 750)! Working on small bugs like this is a great way to get hands on experience into a new baseline, and walk away with a better understanding of how the repositories are structured and the level of effort needed to engage further.

Screenshot of Winter Hackathon 2022 project
Screenshot of Winter Hackathon 2022 project.

Outcomes and Value

The best way to learn new repositories and get familiar with new applications is to work small bugs and cyber fixes. This hackathon was the second in a two-part series begun in the Summer Hackathon. It focused on reworking the bugs and vulnerabilities in the SRW and MRW baselines. This allowed the community to have a clean cyber scan all while getting used to the baseline and SonarQube. Future hackathons will look at other baselines and continue to familiarize community members with the entire suite of repositories that support the UFS community.

Outcomes and Value

The best way to learn new repositories and get familiar with new applications is to work small bugs and cyber fixes. This hackathon was the first in a two-part series focused on reworking the bugs and vulnerabilities in the SRW and MRW baselines. This allowed the community to have a clean cyber scan all while getting used to the baseline and SonarQube. Future hackathons will look at other baselines and continue to familiarize community members with the entire suite of repositories that support the UFS community.