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From: Gaurav Saxena <grvsaxena419@...>
Subject: Re: Six month major project on Gentoo
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:39:15 +0530
Hello Alec,
I am interested in a distributed compiler like this ,this involves
quite a good project it seems. I would like to work on it, if possible
could you please give me some pointers regarding more details about
the project so that I could decide what to work upon.

On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM, Alec Warner <antarus@g.o> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 3:06 AM, Gaurav Saxena <grvsaxena419@...> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I am interested in doing my final year computer scence project on gentoo. I
>> would be having a duration of six months to work on the project. Could you
>> please suggest me some good project ideas that would be helpful to me as
>> well as gentoo. I am interested in parallel computing, data structures ,
>> operating system. I am well versed in C/C++. I thinkĀ  there might be
>> projects which need to be done, I would like to work on them.
>
> The only idea I can think of for parallel computing / distributed
> systems would be at the build level.
>
> distcc-ng, a farm of user-controlled machines that compile your code
> in a p2p fashion.
> a distributed hash table of input, output tuples (basically .o caching
> so users can fetch the .o from the DHT)
>
> Both of these have *massive* trust issues. When random guys on the
> internet are compiling your code you have to be very careful about how
> you verify and execute that code. When you fetch .o files from a DHT
> you have the same problem.
>
> Almost every other problem I can think of at the Gentoo OS level can
> fit on a meager sized machine (i.e. it is not a distributed systems
> nor a parallel computing problem.)
>
> Many of the annoying parts of Gentoo are merely tools problems; the
> existing tools are poor / under-maintained or standard tools do not
> exist (so users / developers roll their own.) You may have success in
> the tools arena if you talk to mgorny or portage-utils@; I know mgorny
> has written a few C tools and might have sufficient 'gentoo' C
> libraries you could utilize; the portage-utils alias holds the
> portage-utils authors (portage-utils being another set of tools
> written in C for gentoo.)
>
> I actually liked cbergstrom's idea of toolchain-type stuff; but I'm
> not really sure how easy it is to on-board with those communities
> (lord knows in my senior year of CS I would have been useless working
> on a compiler.)
>
>>
>> --
>> Thanks and Regards ,
>> Gaurav
>



-- 
Thanks and Regards ,
Gaurav


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