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Google Summer of Code 2018

Software and Computational Systems Lab at LMU Munich has been selected as a Google Summer of Code 2018 mentor organization.

IfINews A printable poster can be downloaded here.


This list of ideas gives an overview of projects especially for GSoC. If you are searching for more topics, there is a list with more ideas available. You can also take a look into the tickets for the specific projects. If you have any questions, please contact us. The assigned mentor are not yet fixed and might be changed.

CPAchecker (website)

CPAchecker is an award-winning open-source framework for the verification of software. It is written in Java and based on a highly modular architecture that allows to develop and combine a wide range of different analyses. CPAchecker is used for verification of the Linux kernel and has helped to find more than 50 bugs in the kernel.

JavaSMT (website)

JavaSMT is a common API layer for accessing various SMT solvers. It was created out of our experience integrating and using different SMT solvers in the CPAchecker project. JavaSMT can express formulas in the theory of integers, rationals, bitvectors, floating-points, and uninterpreted-functions, and supports model generation, interpolation, formula inspection and transformation.

BenchExec (website)

BenchExec is a benchmarking framework for Linux (written in Python) that is aimed at a high reliability of the results. It can measure the CPU-time and peak memory usage of whole groups of processes. To do so, it makes use of modern Linux features such as cgroups and namespaces, effectively creating a benchmarking container whose resource usage is measured. The concepts and architecture of BenchExec are described in a paper.

Instructions for Students

Students wishing to participate in Google Summer of Code must realise that this is an important professional opportunity. You will be required to produce code for an award-winning tool chain or parts of its infrastructure. Therefore, we seek students who are committed to helping our tools long-term and are willing to both do quality work, and be proactive in communication with their mentors.

You don't have to be a proven developer - in fact, this whole program is meant to facilitate joining our group and take a look at open source communities. However, experience in coding is welcome and should be mentioned in your proposal.

You should take a look at the tools that you plan to work on before the start date. The timeline from Google reserves a lot of time for bonding periods; use that time wisely. Good communication is important. The group members are available via mail (or in person, if needed). You should communicate with your mentor, and formally report progress and plans weekly.

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Student Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are the basis of the GSoC projects. Write a clear proposal on what you plan to do, the scope of your work, and why we should choose you to do it. The proposal the basis of our decisions of which student to choose.

Students can use the following application template:

Accepted Students

Your primary responsibility is finishing your project under the guidance of your mentors. To do that, you must submit code regularly and stay in frequent communication with your mentor and our team. For the evaluation, you must succeed with communication, coding, and documentation.