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PYPY: Researching a highly flexible and modular language platform and implementing it by leveraging the open source Python language and community

Objective

Main goals
The project will research and implement a flexible, configurable and performant version of Python, a popular Free/Open Source programming language. Much anecdotal, and some empirical, evidence suggests that Python is one of the easiest programming languages to learn and is one of the languages in which one can code up a given algorithm the fastest. The project aims to bring this highly productive language to a wider range of platforms and devices by providing simple means to build a highly customized language version.

The approach
The project will achieve its goals principally by leveraging excellent research and the strengths of Open Source developer communities. In particular, it will explore and refine Sprint Driven Development, an agile rapid development method pioneered by Python communities in Europe. Sprints accelerate an already productive open development process by intensifying communication and feedback cycles for programmers and researchers. This process will also involve an existing non-profit organisation of Python firms to bind business communities into research and implementation of a unique runtime environment. Technically, the project will refine and implement innovative approaches to language implementation, based on object spaces and abstract interpretation.

Concrete results.
The new Python will maintain the semantics of the current implementation but will be more portable, more easily customised and extended, more efficient, and it will cover more programming paradigms in a way that respects the simplicity of the underlying language. In addition, the project will document and refine existing open source development models in the Python community. Although targeted principally at Python, most of the research results will be applicable to other high level languages.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
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Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Germany

Participants (11)

CHANGEMAKER
Sweden
Address
Jarntorget 3
41112 Goeteborg
CREIGHTON LAURA
Sweden
Address
Goetabergsgatan 22
44134 Goeteborg
EMSLIE RICHARD
United Kingdom
Address
Holmhead Logie Coldstone Aboyne
AB34 5PQ Aberdeenshire
HALDIMANN NIKLAUS
Switzerland
Address
Terrassenweg 16
3012 Bern
HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF
Germany
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 1
Duesseldorf
IMPARA GMBH
Germany
Address
Listemannstrasse 10
39104 Magdeburg
LOGILAB
France
Address
106 Bis Rue De Rennes
75006 Paris
MERLINUX GMBH
Germany
Address
Gerlandstrasse 8
31139 Hildesheim
OPEN END AB
Sweden
Address
Norra Agatan 10
41664 Goteborg
TISMERYSOFT GMBH
Germany
Address
Steinbergstrasse 42
31134 Hildesheim
VAN RIET PAAP ERIC RANDOLF
Netherlands
Address
Obrechtstraat 69
3572ED Utrecht