Proposal for funded enhancements to BLCR

From: Yev Gurevich (ygurevich_at_opnet_dot_com)
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 21:18:56 PDT

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    Dear Sir or Madam,
    My name is Yev Gurevich and I head the CORE Technologies division at 
    OPNET Technologies, Inc. (  The next major release of 
    our Modeler product will include a capability to checkpoint and 
    restart discrete-event simulations, built upon your implementation of 
    Checkpoint/Restart.  We intend to ship LGPL-licensed libraries with 
    our commercial product, and direct end users to download and install 
    the GPL-licensed components.
    As part of our development and QA work, we have run across a 
    particularly difficult problem -- it is not possible to attach GDB to 
    a restarted process for the purposes of source-level debugging of 
    that process.  Specifically, GDB is unable to locate symbols when it 
    attaches to the restarted process, and is unable to load shared 
    libraries that were used by the restarted process.
    I would like to know if you would be interested in having OPNET 
    sponsor implementation work to investigate and solve the above 
    mentioned problem.  The work in question would be funded by OPNET and 
    returned to the open-source community by allowing you to keep the 
    funded enhancements as part of the existing LGPL-licensed BLCR software.
    Please let me know if you would be interested in further pursuing 
    this idea.  If the general idea of sponsored/funded work on BLCR is 
    acceptable but the specific feature/investigation poses particular 
    problems, please let me know as well, so that we can consider making 
    similar requests in the future besides the GDB-attach issue which is 
    of particular interest to us at this time.
    Yev Gurevich
    Yev Gurevich                  ygurevich_at_opnet_dot_com
    Senior Vice President,       Phone (240)-497-3000
    Core Technologies Division   Fax   (240)-497-1064
    OPNET Technologies, Inc.

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