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From: Gaurav Saxena <grvsaxena419@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Six month major project on Gentoo
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:10:30
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Six month major project on Gentoo by Alec Warner
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@×××××.com> 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 think  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