[FFmpeg-devel] gnome-opw 2015

Giorgio Vazzana mywing81 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 19:13:50 CEST 2014

Hi Michael,

2014-10-12 18:11 GMT+02:00 Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at>:
> On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 05:49:54PM +0200, Giorgio Vazzana wrote:
>> 2014-10-12 2:18 GMT+02:00 Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at>:
>> > Hi
>> >
>> > On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 02:51:36AM +0530, Nikita Mantri wrote:
>> >> Hi,
>> >> I am a 4th year B.Tech. student. As a part of gnome-opw 2015 programme, I
>> >> would like to contribute to one of the development projects that is listed
>> >> on the website. I have decided to contribute to the symmetric-key block
>> >> ciphers project as i have an intermediate knowledge of cryptography. I have
>> >> done a research project in cryptography and security primitives during my
>> >> research internship period. I would be obliged if you will help me in start
>> >> contributing to this project.
>> >
>> > there are already 2 other potential applicants for
>> > "symmetric-key block ciphers", but if you want to try anyway, please
>> > choose a related qualification task, like some hash function or
>> > symmetric block cypher that FFmpeg doesnt support yet and that
>> > noone else has picked as their qualification task.
>> >
>> > also, if you start working on a qualification task please add yourself
>> > to the wiki
>> >
>> > also note that for qualification to be passed the code for the
>> > qualification task has to be submited here and pass review, this
>> > may take multiple iterations and has to happen before slot(s) are
>> > assigned to applicants.
>> >
>> > Giorgio may have more or other comments, he is the mentor of the
>> > "symmetric-key block ciphers" task ...
>> Hello Nikita,
>> thanks for your email. As Michael pointed out we already have two
>> potential applicants for the "Symmetric-key block ciphers" project and
>> I feel like I've reached the number of people I want to mentor in one
>> round (allright, I didn't think this project would turn out to be so
>> popular!)
> note, its unlikely that more than one applicant for
> "symmetric-key block ciphers" will get a slot, though it could happen
> if there are 2 who submit very impressive qualification tasks and
> theres noone submitting a good qualification task for something else
> and if we do have enough slots ...

Thanks, now it's more clear. Do we already know the total number of
OPW slots for ffmpeg?

> so its ATM just the qualification tasks for which the number of
> applicants is rather large. If you need help or need someone else
> to take over mentoring an applicant for the qualification task, ill
> find someone ?

OK, I should be able to help another applicant for her qualification
task then. But for the internship itself (Dec 2014 to Mar 2015) I'm
afraid I will have time to mentor at most 2 students.

Of course if someone has free time and is willing to help with the
qualification tasks, by all means please go for it. This way we'll
make sure every student gets a chance.

Giorgio Vazzana

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