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ns-3's GCI 2018

This webpage highlights ns-3's Google Code-In 2018 effort. Google Code-In is an annual contest sponsored by Google to introduce pre-university students to open source software projects.

The seven week coding period for projects runs from 23 October to 12 December, 2018. The full project timeline is here: https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/timeline

About the ns-3 project

ns-3 is a discrete-event network simulator, with a particular emphasis on network research and education.

Users of ns-3 can construct simulations of computer networks using models of traffic generators, protocols such as TCP/IP, and devices and channels such as WiFi, and analyze or visualize the results. Simulation plays a vital role in the research and education process, because of the ability for simulations to obtain reproducible results (particularly for wireless protocol design), scale to large networks, and study systems that have not yet been implemented. A particular emphasis in ns-3 is the high degree of realism in the models (including frameworks for real application and kernel code) and integration of the tool with virtual machine environments and testbeds; we view that researchers need to move more effortlessly between simulation, testbeds, and live experiments, and ns-3 is designed to facilitate that.

Our Google Code-In organizational admin is Mohit P. Tahiliani and our backup org admin is Tom Henderson.

Mentors will keep track of the students work and provide them constructive feedback. Mentors from companies are welcome, if the employer will permit the mentor sufficient time to perform the mentoring. Prospective mentors should notify Mohit P. Tahiliani or Tom Henderson of interest. Mentors familiar with ns-3 development practices will be preferred, to improve the chances of student code merge.

Students: how to participate

For students interested in applying to ns-3 for GCI, first wait to see if ns-3 will be selected. If so, then go through the following list to get started:

Mentors: how to participate

The ns-3 project is open to the proposal of new tasks by developers interested in being a GCI mentor. For mentors who're adding tasks to the list below, please ensure that:

  • The tasks must be sized such that they can be completed in 3 - 5 hours by students. Students have 3 days to complete the tasks.
  • The tasks must belong to any one of the following categories: coding, documentation, training, outreach, research, quality assurance, and design, and the respective category must be specified clearly in the description of the task. Note that tasks must not be related to language translation of the project documentation.
  • The task must be sufficiently described i.e., the main aim of the task, complexity of the task, reference links and other relevant information.
  • The tasks must be related to any of the following: ns-3-dev, ns-3-dce, ns-3 app store, ns-3 wiki and bake.

List of mentors

The list of mentors for GCI 2018 (more to be added):

ns-3's GCI program outcome

380 tasks were successfully completed by 46 students. Most of the tasks would be very useful for ns-3, and we will start working on getting these pieces merged into the mainline.