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[commit-womb] womb/gnustatus gnustatus-2011-04.texi

From: Karl Berry
Subject: [commit-womb] womb/gnustatus gnustatus-2011-04.texi
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 01:46:06 +0000

CVSROOT:        /sources/womb
Module name:    womb
Changes by:     Karl Berry <karl>       11/02/19 01:46:06

Added files:
        gnustatus      : gnustatus-2011-04.texi 

Log message:
        GNU Radio first draft for next time


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+Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:49:00 -0500
+From: "Tom Rondeau via RT" <address@hidden>
+Apparently-To: <address@hidden>
+Subject: [ #672160] Re: request for GNU Status Reports 
+Thu Feb 17 17:48:59 2011: Request 672160 was acted upon.
+Transaction: Ticket created by address@hidden
+       Queue: maintainers
+     Subject: Re: request for GNU Status Reports
+       Owner: Nobody
+  Requestors: address@hidden
+         CCs: 
+      Status: new
+ Ticket <URL: >
+Sorry for the delay in this. I wrote it about a while ago, put it
+aside to review later, and then forgot about it. I hope it's not too
+terribly late to be of any importance this year.
+GNU Radio:
+GNU Radio had a pretty good year in 2010, and we are already on track
+for an even more productive year in 2011. While we only produced one
+release in 2010, a large amount of work went into our source
+repository to improve the quality and stability of the project, and we
+are on track for a new release soon that incorporates many of these
+fixes into a new stable release. From here, we have been implementing
+some major improvements and additions to GNU Radio that will be part
+of the releases in 2011, so 2010 was an important year for getting us
+to the next major milestones.
+Among the major changes GNU Radio saw last year, one of the biggest
+was a change in the project maintainer. Eric Blossom began this
+project almost ten years ago and has been the leading voice and
+architect of the project ever since. Early on in 2010, Eric decided to
+move on to other projects and interests and asked Tom Rondaeu to step
+in and take over. Tom holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from
+Virginia Tech and has been a major contributor to GNU Radio for over
+six years. He officially took over as the maintainer of GNU Radio in
+September of 2010.
+Along with the new maintainer, we are starting to see new energy being
+put into GNU Radio. Some of what was developed at the end of last year
+will begin making its way into the main distribution of GNU Radio this
+year. Among these features includes some exciting new developments
+that will enable GNU Radio in ways that were never possible before.
+The two major features being introduced to GNU Radio include a new
+vectorization library called VOLK (for Vector-Optimized Library of
+Kernels) and stream tagging.
+VOLK provides a way to access the vector (i.e., SIMD) instructions of
+general purpose processors. While there are other ways of doing this,
+a goal of GNU Radio is cross-platform support and an ease of
+programming and implementing new signal processing features. Until
+VOLK, adding SIMD code to GNU Radio had been a difficult,
+assembly-driven process. Instead, VOLK introduces the concept of a
+vector kernel to perform common mathematical functions in a
+cross-platform library. Over the next year, we will be improving many
+of the low-level signal processing blocks by using VOLK kernels
+instead of generic C++ code. As we make these changes, we expect to
+see a dramatic increase in the performance and processing capabilities
+of GNU Radio as well as introduce an extensible vector library for
+people to use and build upon. Another exciting idea behind VOLK is
+that it is not designed solely for GNU Radio use and builds as a
+separate library for incorporation and use in any other project.
+The other major change that was introduced last year but will be used
+more heavily throughout the coming year are the stream tags. Stream
+tags provide a method of annotating samples with “tags” of information
+that can be passed downstream in a GNU Radio graph. This feature adds
+an interface to so that control, metadata, and other information may
+be passed through a radio system such as timing and state information.
+Because of these tags, we will be able to realize more advanced
+digital modems that require logic control and timing information
+previously unavailable.
+>From what we are seeing with the new features and the state of GNU
+Radio, we expect to significantly grow the capabilities of GNU Radio.
+We are also excited that this will bring in new users that will expand
+our community and the developers that contribute significantly to our
+project. On this note, we have identified increasing awareness and
+developers of GNU Radio as a major goal of the project over the next
+few years. We are directly pursuing this by hosting the first GNU
+Radio conference in September of 2011.
+More information about GNU Radio can be found at our main homepage  at
+On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:47 AM, Karl Berry <address@hidden> wrote:
+> Hi everyone,
+> We'd like to revive the GNU Status Reports that used to be printed in
+> the GNUs Bulletins, for posting on a GNU web page and/or in the monthly
+> FSF newsletter, etc.
+> The idea is to collect a couple of paragraphs of high-level news about
+> any and all paragraphs.  This can be notable changes in recent releases,
+> upcoming things you are excited about, or anything else you think worth
+> mentioning.
+> We'll edit it for English, etc., as needed, so don't worry about that
+> side of things.  Don't worry about formatting, either.  Texinfo is
+> preferred, but if it's easier for you to write it as plain text, HTML,
+> (La)TeX, or whatever, that's fine, we will unify it.
+> We'd especially like to encourage those of you maintaining GUI and
+> non-programmer-oriented packages to participate, to help spread
+> awareness that GNU goes beyond replacing the original Unix utilities.
+> For those who don't already know, some packages use the savannah news
+> facility, which gets aggregated on, to post status
+> reports now.  Clearly there is some overlap, but we're thinking that
+> these GNU-wide status reports would perhaps be higher level and written
+> for a more general audience, where appropriate.
+> Please email your entries to address@hidden  We'd like to get them
+> in by December 24 for this first round.
+> Thanks,
+> Karl
+> --

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