GSOC or Having a go at Network Simulator

Andrew Bolster

Senior R&D Manager (Data Science) at Synopsys Software Integrity Group and Treasurer @ Bsides Belfast and NI OpenGovernment Network

I had been looking at this years Google Summer Of Code google group and saw the list of  organisations that are getting involved. While i was alooking at it, I knew i didn’t want to even consider the big boys (I’m looking at you, Debian, Drupal, KDE, Apache, X.Org, etc), they’re too big to get my teeth into, and I’m currently in the throws of ‘WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO MY FINAL YEAR PROJECT ON!!! ‘ (For any Americans, that means ‘dissertation’).

My university is big into networking etc, so I had a look at the NS-3 Network Simulator, which currently sits at slightly less that 2 million lines of code, and is vaguinly within my realm of interest so I’m going to see a) if i can get it to work and play with it for a bit and b) if i can contribute anything to the project and parlay that into a final year project, and I’ll be documenting whatever progress I get on this blog.

I doubt that I’ll apply to GSOC as I don’t think I’d be able to give the required time committment over the summer. :(

Anyway, Next blog post will be a start into the installation and configuration of NS-3 on my virtualised Ubuntu setup.

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