[svlug] OSS Projects for Trainees

Karen Shaeffer shaeffer at neuralscape.com
Tue Aug 27 22:35:17 PDT 2002

On Tue, Aug 27, 2002 at 08:35:30AM -0700, Akbar Ahmed wrote:
> --- Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:
> > What skills do they have now?
> The vast majority of them have some experience with C
> on Linux, which comes from their college exp. They
> also have strong math/science backgrounds.

Well, math is a broad, deep subject--so a strong math background means
different things to different folks. There is much opportunity for
programmers with strong mathematics backgrounds--but the language of choice
appears to be C++ in many instances. A solid background in numerical linear
algebra is essential in these cases.

> >  How long is the training period?
> approx. 9-12 months

You might consider having them all work together to code a novel application
related to network security that relies on all the latest mathematical
developments associated with the nature of statistical learning theory. If
done correctly, these folks would all be in great demand upon delivery of
such a system. Such systems incorporating these mathematical concepts don't
really exist in OSS at the moment--although IBM, HP, and others have them
embedded in their most expensive network system software. Such a system
would invariably involve C modules, C++ modules, and specific kernel

 Karen Shaeffer
 Neuralscape; Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060
 shaeffer at neuralscape.com  http://www.neuralscape.com

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