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  • Hmm, how timely.

    For several months now, I've been tempted to kite a grant proposal for Thread::Sociable [], which (sadly) languishes while I focus on revenue generators. I've written up the proposal and everything.

    So why haven't I submitted it ?

    My sense is (please correct me if I'm wrong):

    1. If it isn't Perl6, its not likely to get much consideration.
    2. If its threads related, its even less likely to get attention.
    3. The advertised amounts ($500 to $3K) don't come close to covering the time/effort required to finish (which likely includes acquiring some multicore h/w)

    So it sits unfinished. And everytime I see a threads question popup on perlmonks or elsewhere, I have to shake my head and bite my tongue (I've already pimped too much).

    (If any org out there has an interest in sponsoring faster concurrency, STM, and a foundation for transactional distributed memory [] for Perl5, please don't be a stranger!)

    • Actually the Perl 6 comment is exactly backwards. Most of the grant managers have far more Perl 5 experience than Perl 6, and it would be easier for us to evaluate Perl 5 proposals. But we get more good Perl 6 proposals than Perl 5 proposals. Indeed two have just voluntarily stepped down because they felt uncomfortable deciding so many Perl 6 grants when they didn't know that much about what was happening Perl 6.

      Threads related depends on the pitch that is made. We're aware that there are people trying