CROSS Participates in GSoC 2018

October 26, 2018

By , Assistant Director 


CROSS researchers mentored two Google Summer of Code (GsoC) projects this summer. Soon after being chosen by GSoC in February 2018, CROSS researchers began interacting with students interested in working on CROSS related projects. These initial interactions helped CROSS identify the most promising projects submitted. As a first-time mentor organization, CROSS was only allowed two slots by GSoC organizers. CROSS ultimately selected projects that supported the work of the ZLog and Popper efforts.

The CROSS 2018 GSoC projects were:

  • Archiving with Popper CLI – Student: Ankan Poddar; Mentors: Ivo Jimenez, Michael Sevilla. See Ankan’s blog about his experience.
  • ZLog entry caching & benchmarking – Student: Javier Ron; Mentors: Noah Watkins, Jeff LeFevre. See Javier’s blog about his experience.

Official coding work on these projects began in May 2018, after a month of “Community Bonding” where the GSoC students were introduced to CROSS and the relevant OSS communities. Both projects were completed successfully with both mentors and students highly positive about the experience. CROSS hopes to be chosen as a mentor organization again for the 2019 GsoC Program. 

In October 2018, CROSS also took part in the GSoC mentors summit. CROSS participants found the summit highly beneficial to the planning for next year's potential participation as well as gaining a broader understanding of the the activities of the OSS community. CROSS participants facilitated a breakout session on Open Source in University Education and presented a lightning talk on the success of on of our GSoC projects.