GSoC 2019 project ideas

Eric Larson edited this page Jan 9, 2019 · 3 revisions


This is the Google Summer of Code 2019 (GSoC'19) ideas page for SciPy. The SciPy library is one of the core packages that make up the SciPy stack for scientific computing with Python. It provides many user-friendly and efficient numerical routines such as routines for numerical integration and optimization.

This page lists a number of ideas for Google Summer of Code projects for SciPy, plus gives some pointers for potential GSoC students on how to get started with contributing and putting together their application.

Guidelines & requirements

SciPy plans to participate in GSoC'19 under the umbrella of Python Software Foundation. Please read that page carefully, it contains important advice on the process.

Also read advice on writing a proposal (written with the Mailman project in mind, but generally applicable)

We expect from students that they're at least comfortable with Python (intermediate level). Some projects may also require Cython or C skills. Knowing how to use Git is also important; this can be learned before the official start of GSoC if needed though.

Getting started on SciPy

Potential candidates should take a look at the guidelines on how to contribute to Scipy. Making a small enhancement/bugfix/documentation fix/etc (does not need to be related to your proposal) to Scipy before applying for the GSoC is a hard requirement; it can help you get some idea how things will work during GSoC.

Start on your proposal early, post a draft to the mailing list and iterate based on the feedback you receive. This will not only improve the quality of your proposal, but also help you find a suitable mentor.

SciPy Project ideas

Revamp scipy.fftpack

NumPy now has pocketfft, we should also have it for SciPy. It would also be good to have a backend system for fft implementations, such as pyfftw, mkl-fft, and possibly cupy. Finally, the APIs of numpy.fft and scipy.fftpack should agree better. This is a lower priority because it's hard (requiring lots of discussion on impact on users if we deprecate things, etc.), but it's an important one as well. (Ideas adapted from scipy-dev.)

  • Required knowledge: Python, linear algebra
  • Difficulty level: medium
  • Potential mentors: Ralf Gommers

Your own idea

The above projects are just suggestions --- it is also very good to suggest a project idea of your own if you have something in mind that you want to do. Ask people on the mailing list for suggestions in this case.

And more...

A set of additional new feature ideas can be found on the Scipy Roadmap.

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