ASCEND has been accepted again to participate in Google Summer of Code. This scheme allows current students to work on open source programming projects over the (northern hemisphere) summer break, and get paid for their work.
Arash Sadrieh presented a paper about his work on development of a GPU-based solver for ASCEND at the recent 21st European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-21) in Greece. He reported that the ASCEND project is still alive and kicking, and received strong interest in his GPU-based solver project. For more information, see http://ascend4.org/Arash_Sadrieh.
The ASCEND project will again be participating in the Google Summer of Code programme, now for the third year in a row. We hope to take about 5 student projects, building on the progress made in early years. Please check our wiki for the Student Projects list, as well our advice to applicants, see
As it says there: try to get involved early -- our experience is that the best GSOC participants are also the students who come along before the deadline, communicate with us in a meaningful way, and contribute new code, patches, suggestions, etc before the application itself. Ways you can do that are listed above.