OSDL to Mentor Four Students in This Year's Google Summer of Code Program

Selected Students Will Spend the Summer With OSDL Contributing to Projects,

Increasing Quality of Enterprise Open Source Solutions

Jun 13, 2006, 01:00 ET from Open Source Development Labs

    BEAVERTON, Ore., June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Source Development
 Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of
 Linux(R) and open source software, today announced it will mentor four
 students in Google's 2006 Summer of Code program.
     "Providing mentors for Google's Summer of Code program fits hand in
 hand with OSDL's mission to increase adoption of Linux and open source
 software through collaboration with the community and industry," said
 Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "By providing guidance to students, we can
 expose them to a fulfilling career path and help them to have a real impact
 on solving challenges that will drive the use of Linux and open source
 software throughout the globe."
     The Google Summer of Code program was launched in 2005 to encourage
 students from around the world to expand their knowledge of open source
 software development with hands-on experience. In the program, student
 developers are provided with a stipend so they can spend the summer months
 creating new open source software or helping develop currently established
 projects. The program's goals are to inspire young open source developers,
 to provide students with an opportunity to do work related to their
 academic pursuits, and to support existing open source projects and
     "OSDL is a natural mentor for students in Google's Summer of Code
 program," said Chris DiBona, open source program manager, Google. "Students
 working with OSDL will get some great experience working in the Linux
 kernel community -- experience that they'll be able to apply in the
 development of future open source projects."
     The students working with OSDL this summer come from Federal University
 of Pernambuco (Brazil), the Indian Institute of Technology (New Delhi),
 University of the Philippines and the University of Zagreb (Croatia). OSDL
 mentors include Kees Cook, Bryce Harrington, Steve Hemminger and Mark Wong.
     The specific projects include:
      *    NSFv4 Fault Recovery Experimentation: Dipankar Sarkar, Indian
           Institute of Technology; Bryce Harrington, OSDL mentor
           This project will focus on evaluating the recent NFSv4 improvements
           and is expected to help lead to widespread adoption of NFS.
      *    Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol: Mario Kozina, University of Zagreb;
           Steve Hemminger, OSDL mentor
           This assignment will help transition the Linux Ethernet Bridging
           project from a kernel implementation of the Spanning Tree Protocol
           (STP) to a new user space implementation of the Protocol. The
           project is expected to increase the maintainability of the code and
           to benefit its virtualization capabilities.
      *    SendPage Enhancements: Anton Elaph, University of the Philippines;
           Kees Cook, OSDL mentor
           The focus for this project will be on increasing the reliability and
           responsiveness of the SendPage program and to keep the program up to
      *    TBC-E Fair-use for PostgreSQL: Rilson Nascimento, Federal University
           of Pernambuco; Mark Wong, OSDL mentor
           The main goal of this project is to build a fair-use implementation
           of the TPC-E benchmark for PostgreSQL. TPC-E is the new Online
           Transaction Processing workload being developed by the Transaction
           Processing Performance Council (TPC).
     About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
     OSDL -- sponsor of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel --
 is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux-based
 operating systems in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a
 global consortium of major Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL is
 a nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art computing and test
 facilities available to developers around the world. With offices in China,
 Europe, Japan and the United States, OSDL sponsors legal and development
 projects to advance open source software as well as initiatives for Linux
 systems in telecommunications, in the data center and on enterprise
 desktops. Visit OSDL on the Web at http://www.osdl.org/.
     NOTE: OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux
 is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the
 property of their respective holders.

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