[Haskell-cafe] GSoC Project Introduction: Accelerate Automatic Differentiation

Trevor McDonell trevor.mcdonell at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 01:22:20 UTC 2018

Just to follow up, we have gotten in contact with Charlie directly.


On Sat, 24 Mar 2018 at 02:59 Charles Blake <cb307 at st-andrews.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I'm a student interested in the GSoC programme and I wanted to introduce
> myself and make contact with those involved in potentially mentoring for
> the 'Implementing Automatic Differentiation in Accelerate' project (
> https://summer.haskell.org/ideas.html#accelerate-automatic-differentiation).
> If it would be more appropriate for me to contact those individuals
> directly then please let me know.
> My name is Charlie Blake, and I'm currently coming to the end of my CS
> undergrad degree. Much of my study of late has been focused on functional
> programming and parallelism - so when I saw this project proposal it jumped
> out at me! I was expecting to be assisting research at my university (St
> Andrews University, Scotland) in this field over the summer, but this
> arrangement has recently fallen through. Hence why I'm unfortunately
> sending this message rather close to the deadline. Nevertheless, I'm now
> hoping very much to get on the GSoC program, to which I am very much
> committed.
> With regards to the project itself, I'm currently in the process of
> drawing up a proposal. Although I'm making every effort to read as much as
> I can about the 'ad' and 'accelerate' libraries, it's still quite hard to
> get a good sense of the scope of the project. Would, for instance, it be a
> reasonable goal to expect to be able to implement all of the core 'ad'
> functionality in my own parallel library in the time-frame? This seems like
> the natural objective, but I don't want to propose an unrealistically large
> project if this is not feasible. If anyone has answers to these questions
> and might further be willing to discuss a draft project proposal with me
> over the next few days that would be greatly appreciated.
> Many thanks,
> Charlie Blake
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