Root backend for Cantor

Miha Čančula miha at
Tue Apr 3 17:35:51 UTC 2012

2012/4/3 Alexander Rieder <alexanderrieder at>

> On Monday 02 April 2012 13:19:52 Miha Čančula wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > With the number of Cantor backends growing steadily, and a GSoC idea
> > published for another, I thought I'd jump back on that bandwagon as
> well. A
> > tool that is very popular especially among physicists is ROOT, the data
> > analysis framework from Cern ( It contains
> an
> > interpreter for C/C++ with an interactive command line, as well as
> support
> > for loading source files.
> >
> > As a Physics student, both myself and my classmates have used it for
> > several assignments, so I'm confident I'll be able to integrate all the
> > applicable features into Cantor. It has all features expected from a
> > numerical calculation system (linear algebra, algebraic and differential
> > equation solving, minimization, numerical integration). It also has an
> > extensive plotting library.
> >
> > I'm especially interesting in writing a backend as part of GSoC, so I'm
> > wondering if anyone is prepared to be a mentor. I know there already is a
> > similar idea for a Python backend, but as far as I can tell there is
> > already a lot of interest for that one. Additionally, integrating ROOT
> > would definitely be more useful to me. I was involved in Cantor for a
> > while, but got overwhelmed by school obligations lately, so I don't even
> > know how many available mentors there are. On the other hand, I already
> > know the code, so I'd probably need relatively little mentoring. Should I
> > go ahead and write a proposal or is this a futile task? I would write
> such
> > a thing in my spare time, but that is currently very scarce due to
> (again)
> > school.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Miha Čančula
> Hi,
> I had not heard of it before, but ROOT seems like an interesting project.
> Unfortunately the list of possible mentors more or less only contains me.
> While I am available to mentor one project this summer, I don't think I can
> take over any more than that.
> So writing a  proposal is not a futile task, but you should be aware of the
> limitations.
> best regards,
> Alexander
Hi, and thanks. I will write a proposal (if nothing else to show that
there's interest). But I am keeping my options open, as I did write a
couple of other ones. If the project won't be accepted, I'll try to at
least implement the basic interface in the meantime.

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