cisco | GSoC | Greece

This has been one of my toughest decisions till now. All three were opportunities that I loved and always wanted to do. But alas, I had to choose only one out of them.

  • I got an internship at cisco R&D through the college for 8 weeks in the summer and the stipend is pretty good ( read Rs28,700 pm). Cisco will provide me the opportunity to get industry exposure and fulfill my desire
  • GSoC, Google Summer of Code as you know is the most prestigious “project” a student can get. I got in at openSUSE ( Thanks to my awesome mentor Michal). Other than the usual benefits, it offers a stipend of $5000 which is way too much. This is like the window to opensource.
  • Greece – I got an internship at NTUA( Natioanl Technical University of Athens), Greece through IAESTE IndiaMIT though it hasn’t been confirmed yet. This gave me an opportunity to go outside India and would have fulfilled my childhood dream of going abroad :). I was preparing for this since my first year.

As I said, all three opportunities were awesome in nature and are still my dreams. I could never expect to get all three opportunities but alas, as luck turns out I got in atleast two. I am grateful that I atleast got the chance 🙂 That in itself is a great thing.

Finally, I chose cisco.

PS: I wrote cisco in small as according to Wiki, it was intended to be in small by the founders

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Cisco Interview Questions

Recently, I had my Cisco interview( Technical and HR) for summer internship. For the benefit of the general public, here are the questions :

Tech round

  • If I have 10 Blue and 10 Red balls, how many balls should I pick up to get two of the same colour ? ( Obvsly, you are blind folded)
  • Find out net id, no. of addresses etc for a given IP (classless)
  • Difference between linker and loader
  • What happens when you type in your browser?
  • Difference between UDP and TCP
  • Application layer protocol using UDP
  • What’s your favourite subject?
  • Difference between malloc and new ?
  • Delete any element from the linked list when you don’t have the head ?

HR Round :

  • Tell me something about yourself and your family
  • Why do you want to work at cisco ?
  • Where do you derive your inspiration from ?
  • How are you different from other studetnts?
  • Something from your CV

Basically, Tech was a little difficult and HR was easy. Just study the wiki page of Cisco before the interview.

Karma Plugin for openSUSE Connect

This post is about an idea for GSoC 2011 regarding openSUSE Connect.

Short Description : Karma concept in openSUSE Connect that will collect points from wiki edits, bugzilla entries, posts, distribution changelogs etc and use them in the Connect. Based on Karma, different badges to be given. Different categories – developer karma/marketing karma etc. Also, an option to reward/ transfer Karma points to another user in recognition of his work. API to be implemented to access/ modify Karma points.

For those of you who have time to read the long description :

So basic idea of this project is to create different kinds of karma and collect as many information as possible automatically. So we will have wiki karma that will grow with every wiki page edit. We will have marketing karma growing bigger with every tweet and blog post. Packager karma getting bigger with every change submitted to the openSUSE. So this project will be not only about displaying and managing karma points but also about collecting statistics from various different services.

Use Cases

  • This can be used for wiki edits, blog posts, tweets, release parties, booths at conferences.
  • If a user adds a new page to the wiki, then he will get some X Karma points.
  • Similarly, on reporting a bug, he may get Y points.
  • Also, if a particular user really likes the work of another contributor ( like a bug fix), he can award that user some Z karma points.

IMO, this idea has a lot of scope. We can really add loads of features.

I have applied for this idea for GSoC. The idea is mentored by an awesome helpful person : Michal Hrusecky Here’s the link to my proposal :

More detail at : Michal’s blog post