Subject: [boost] Fwd: Boost.Fixed_Point for GSoC 2015?
From: Nikhar Agrawal (nikharagrawal2006_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-02-17 12:50:00
I'm Nikhar Agrawal, currently an undergraduate student at IIIT-Hyderabad
pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. I have been a
succesful GSoC participant twice in a row. In 2013, I did GSoC under Boost
C++ libraries under the mentorship of Christopher Kormanyos with continuous
guidance from John Maddock and Paul Bristow. In 2014, I did GSoC under
In 2014, I had also submitted a proposal for Boost.Fixed_Point. Here's the
link to the proposal I submitted last year:
Unfortunately, the project couldn't go through because of lack of slots. I
would like to try again this year. Christopher isn't available as a mentor
though. Chris and Niall suggested that I float a mail through the mailing
list to see if there are any takers for this project who'd be willing to
mentor it. The proposal hasn't changed much from what I submitted last
year. We may have to limit it's scope to something that'd be ideal for one
summer though. I'll be more than happy to discuss it with anyone who's
interested in the project.
P.S.: I'm attaching some mails from the conversation I've had with Niall
and Christopher in this regard.
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From: Niall Douglas <s_sourceforge_at_[hidden]>
Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: Boost.Fixed_Point for GSoC 2015?
Cc: Christopher Kormanyos <e_float_at_[hidden]>
Firstly my commendation to you on keeping up interest after not
getting a place last year. For your information, we requested 12
slots and received just 7, and after I begged Google for another we
got eight for 2014. That meant four projects did not get funding, and
yours was one.
Can I suggest that you perhaps consider approaching potential mentors
in Boost and see if you can find one interested? Please do CC my
email in your approaches so they know I have vetted you, and mention
you were a successful student in 2013.
Given that Chris won't be available this year, you may need to
consider not doing fixed point as I am unaware of a suitable
alternative mentor who is available. When approaching potential
mentors, try to suggest ideas that are something the mentor badly
wants in their particular specialism. Try searching the mailing lists
and past GSoC ideas to see which mentors might have which pet
projects which get them enthusiastic.
Just this week a student called Damian Vicino managed to persuade
Robert Ramey to mentor work on safe_numerics. I did not know Robert
had an interest in this, but Damian obviously figured it out and won
Good luck in your efforts.
On 10 Feb 2015 at 21:24, Christopher Kormanyos wrote:
> Hi Niall,
> I will not be available as a GSoC mentor this year.
> Just a heads-up, Nikhar Agrawal, a successful veteranGSoC candidate, has
expressed interest in thefixed-point project.
> I do not know if anyone would like to mentor it.
> See text below.
> Thank you for your continued support.
> Best regards, Chris
> > It seems that the discussions for GSoC 2015 have begun> on the mailing
> > The fixed point project couldn't make through last year.> Is there
interest in it for this year from you guys?> Would you like me to post
about it on the mailing list?> I'm still very much interested in this. I
contacted about this> project a couple of times last year after the
summers> but everyone was busy with other stuff. And I think the> GSoC
deadlines provide a lot of motivation anyways. > So let me know what you
guys think about it and> if I should apply for the project. > Cheers. :)>
> Hi Nikhar,
> Thank you for keeping in touch.
> I will not be available as a GSoC mentor this year.In my opinion, the
fixed-point project is a good one.We just need to find a mentor for the
> The fixed-point project needs to have a clearly definedscope. The
preliminary specification suggested byLawrence Crowl represents man-years
of coding effort.
> If there is a way to limit the scope of the project toa reasonable level
for one summer and find a mentor,then go for it !
> Please post any suggestions and or comments or questionson the board.
> You were a very successful participant in GSoC 2013.With help from John
and Paul, the ground work you did hasbeen included in Boost. We now have
Bernoulli, high-precisiontgamma(), and also polygamma() for integer order.
> Boost is a long-term endeavor. I encourage you to stickwith it --- and
keep up the good work !
> Good luck.
> Cheers, Chris
> On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:29 PM, Nikhar Agrawal <
> Hi everyone,
> How are you all doing?
> It seems that the discussions for GSoC 2015 have begun on the mailing
> The fixed point project couldn't make through last year. Is there
interest in it for this year from you guys? Would you like me to post about
it on the mailing list? I'm still very much interested in this. I contacted
about this project a couple of times last year after the summers but
everyone was busy with other stuff. And I think the GSoC deadlines provide
a lot of motivation anyways.
> So let me know what you guys think about it and if I should apply for the
> Cheers. :)Nikhar
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:25 AM, Nikhar Agrawal <
> Hi all,
> GSoC results are out and unfortunately, the fixed-point project didn't go
through. However, the last couple of months or so, having invested time in
discussing various design issues and going through various code prototypes,
I have become really interested in developing a fixed-point library. And I
stick to my word of being willing to develop library outside of GSoC as
well. It would be great to have your continued guidance. Though with GSoC
in summer, I wonder you'd have your official projects as first priority. I
had submitted another proposal to GNOME and I got into GSoC via that as
> So, I was wondering what could be a good way forward? How I could
contribute to fixed-point library? The first question is if there's an
interest in the library still from all your sides as well now that it's not
an official GSoC project? If yes, I guess we could continue our
collaborations just like they happened during last GSoC? Though probably
less frequently? What do you guys think?
> Also, if it's not an inappropriate thing to ask, could you kindly
elaborate why the project didn't go through? Seeing the comments of
everyone involved, I had a feeling that proposal was very well received.
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