[gmx-developers] looking for co-mentor for GSoC 2020: TNG format

Oliver Beckstein obeckste at asu.edu
Wed Mar 18 19:20:16 CET 2020

Hello Gromacs Developers,

As part of Google Summer of Code 2020 with MDAnalysis <https://www.mdanalysis.org/2020/02/22/gsoc2020/#google-summer-of-code-2020>  we proposed a project to work on the TNG format. Originally the plan was to just make sure that MDAnalysis can work with TNG but after a chat with Erik at BPS (and in the spirit of the last MolSSI interoperability workshop) we thought that it would be more useful to take a step back and possibly work towards finalizing the TNG format <https://github.com/MDAnalysis/mdanalysis/wiki/Project-Ideas-2020#project-6-implement-tng-support> with the goal to make it usable in any MD analysis code (including MDAnalysis). The preliminary objectives would be:
Fully define the API and capabilities of TNG.
Write documentation.
Write a reference library implementation (C or C++).
Write tests.
Bonus: Write Python bindings (see start in our pytng <https://github.com/MDAnalysis/pytng> library) and integrate with MDAnalysis
This project outline is not set in stone and we would be more than happy to adapt it according to your expert input.

We have at least one promising candidate student who is interested in working on this project during 10 weeks this summer. 

We would need at least one knowledgable co-mentor from the GROMACS developer community who could commit to mentoring. See https://google.github.io/gsocguides/mentor/ <https://google.github.io/gsocguides/mentor/> what is expected of mentors. In short, you would be involved in selecting students, communicating with the student (primarily using mailing lists and issue trackers) on a near-daily basis, help with keeping the project on track, and evaluating the student for GSoC (midterm and final evaluation at pass/fail level). About 5h/week is a realistic minimum.

We completely understand that in the current global crisis, you might have more urgent things to do. But if you think that you could be a co-mentor for this project, please let us know soon because students have to write their applications; their deadline is March 31 but they can submit applications now and unless we have a GROMACS co-mentor we will not be offering the TNG project so students. 

Thank you!

Oliver (for the MDAnalysis GSoC 2020 Mentors)

Oliver Beckstein, DPhil * oliver.beckstein at asu.edu

Associate Professor of Physics
Arizona State University
Center for Biological Physics and Department of Physics
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
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Phone: +1 (480) 727-9765
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Department of Physics: https://physics.asu.edu/content/oliver-beckstein
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