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From: Ashar (ashar786khan_at_[hidden])
Date: 2020-03-13 18:09:32

My name is Ashar, a pre-final year undergraduate student. Last year I
worked with Boost.uBLAS and added Boost.YAP Expression template and another
student Amit added some new interfaces like subtensor view and other really
cool things.

During the development and addition of new YAP based ET, I did faced many
issues with the legacy C++ code in matrix and vectors, this was more
pronounced as Boost.uBLAS.tensor was targetting C++17 and rest of the uBLAS
had C++11 or earlier code. The new project about C++20-ification of
Boost.uBLAS seems a really nice step towards creating a more unified and
standardized experience across all 3 types (vector, matrix, tensor) also we
can experiment if C++20 does makes things faster or not.

I have been following C++20 since its first draft (July 2017, Toronto) and
now that it has been finalized, I have tested and experimented with most of
its features with clang/gcc/trunks. So, I believe this makes me a potential
candidate for this project.

I am interested in working in this project and Here are some of the ideas
in general that I have toward C++20-ification of uBLAS.

1. concepts : We have so many type_traits.hpp and all those legacy traits
which can be really replaced by new concepts. It will make template type
errors really short and nice to debug.

2. The one ranges : Eric Neibler's one ranges will be very nice to have in
uBLAS, we currently have iterator based abstraction but since ranges are
the new way to interact with containers in C++20, addition of this will
really make uBLAS one of its kind in Linear algebra. Further more, Amit's
work can be used here and we can have views and adapter (only for tensor
upto now).

3. std::span : Span are used widely in linear algebra and with C++20,
Standard has added it. Albeit uBLAS has its own span and extents it will be
very good to make them compatible or interoperable with standard spans.

4. Constexpr-ification : C++20 made so much things constexpr, try/catch to
even dynamic containers like vector and strings. We can really leverage the
new constexpr abilities like memory allocation and freeing to build a
really awesome constexpr vector/matrix/tensor interfaces.

5. Modules : Finally we got rid of leaky include directives, making uBLAS
modules based will be I think the first library in Boost to have it.

6. New Tool-chains : Travis CI is used for CI and its at best cannot give
over 18.04LTS for jobs, Setting up CI with modern tool-chain to build and
run C++20 will also be a job of its own.

7. Misc: spaceship operator and other minor changes like
feature/test-macros and other minor topping that comes with C++20 can be
used really nicely.

I am also very aware of that all these can take much more time than what we
get in GSOC, but I will choose and prioritise the task, I have just
proposed some new things that I would like to add if given a chance to work
on it. I have intensionally left coroutines and other features because I
can't find any practical use of those features for uBLAS. If you have some
ideas, how we can use it to improve then please its welcomed.

Cem and David are the mentors that I am seeking and I will be submitting my
C++20 competency test to one of you very soon. Please consider this as
official application email and we can always further discuss and finalize
the direction of the work directly.