First Check-In

Hi everyone, I am McSinyx, a Vietnamese undergraduate student who loves free software. This summer I am working with the maintainers and the contributors of pip to make the package manager download in parallel.

What did I do during the community bonding period?

Aside from bonding with pip's maintainers and contributors as well as with my mentors, I was also experimenting on the theoretical and technical obstacles blocking this GSoC project. Pradyun Gedam (a mentor of mine) suggested making a proof of concept to determine if parallel downloading can play nicely with ResolveLib_'s abstraction and we are reviewing it together. On the technical side, we pip's committers are exploring available options for parallelization and I made an attempt to make use of Python's standard worker pool in a portable way.

Did I get stuck anywhere?

Yes, of course! Neither of the experiments above is finished as of this moment. Though, I am optimistic that the issues will not be real blockers and we will figure that out in the next few days.

What is coming up next?

As planned, this week I am going to refactor the package downloading code in pip. The main purpose is to decouple the networking code from the package preparation operation and make sure that it is thread-safe.

In addition, I am also continuing mentioned experiments to have a better confidence on the future of this GSoC project.

To other GSoC students, mentors and admins reading this, I am wishing you all good health and successful projects this summer!

Tags: gsoc pip —Nguyễn Gia Phong, 2020-06-01