Ospp Summer Code

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Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan (OSPP) is jointly organized by Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) and openEuler community. OSPP Summer is very similar to Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreachy.

OSPP opens to all projects with OSI-approved licenses, and worldwide students. When students finish their projects, both students and mentors will be paid. OSPP committee will process international wire transfers if needed.

Student Guide


You must state that you will follow these minimal legal requirements :

  • You are not allowed to read or reuse Windows source code (leaked source / Windows Research Kernel* / ...)

(* we are following the SFLC's advice)

  • You are not allowed to reverse engineer Windows files by disassembling or decompiling them
  • You are not allowed to analyze Windows files with the trace functions of Wine
  • People who work or have worked for Microsoft should probably not participate

For more information, please read Developer_FAQ#Copyright_Issues, Clean_Room_Guidelines

How to Apply

  1. Introduce yourself on the wine-devel mailing list
  2. Discuss your ideas with other wine developers
  3. Submit your final proposal on OSPP Summer portal


  • Have a look at the developers page on the wiki and grab Wine's source code, try to get acquainted with it
  • Look at Previous Summers Of Code for previously accepted proposals / their results
  • It's encouraged to propose more than one idea. But only one proposal will be accepted per applicant.
  • HIGHLY RECOMMEND applicants submit a patch to wine-devel (see Submitting Patches). It can be a stub dll or adding a test case. We want you be comfortable with Wine's Git Workflow.

Differences With GSoC

  • OSPP is providing three different levels, with different awards. That might make it easier to find projects/students. If an idea is interesting but too easy for GSoC, it might be suitable for OSPP summer with medium/low difficulty.


Your own idea

Possible mentors: We'll provide you with the appropriate mentor

  • If you have an idea, please post it on Wine Developers mailing list so we can help you with your idea. Showing initiative and willing to discuss your idea greatly improves your chances of getting accepted.
  • As long as you work hard and interact with the community and your mentor in a positive and constructive way you don't have to worry about not meeting all your goals.
  • Don't be afraid that you don't have a perfect idea - take advantage of the time before the proposal deadline.

Various vkd3d-shader enhancements

Possible mentors: Henri Verbeet

The vkd3d-shader library is used by vkd3d and Wine to translate between different shader formats.

  • Introduce a shader model 4+ assembler. Shader model 4+ shaders are typically written in HLSL, but when writing vkd3d tests it would sometimes be convenient to have more control over the generated bytecode, for example by explicitly selecting specific instructions to use. Note that for a shader model 4+ shader to be functional, it requires not only the shader code itself, but also input/output signatures, and patch constant signature in case of tessellation shaders. These would need to be able to be specified as well.
  • Port wined3d's GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) generator to vkd3d-shader. The ability to translate Direct3D shaders to GLSL is useful outside of wined3d as well. Porting the GLSL generator to vkd3d-shader would make it much easier to use for projects other than Wine, including vkd3d-compiler for offline compilation. In combination with a HLSL compiler, this would allow translation of HLSL to GLSL.
  • Introduce a MSL (Metal Shader Language) generator to vkd3d-shader. For much of the same reasons that adding a GLSL generator would be useful, adding a MSL generator would be useful for usage in combination with Apple's Metal API. This project would be a little harder than the GLSL project above, because there's no existing MSL generator in Wine to port. Still, wined3d's GLSL generator could perhaps be used for inspiration.
  • Add a Direct3D shader model 6 (DXIL) parser/disassembler. Direct3D shader model 6 shaders use a bytecode format (DXIL) that's different from previous versions. We would like to support shader model 6 shaders in vkd3d, and being able to parse them would be the first step.
  • Documentation improvements. We have some API documentation, and some example code in the form of the "gears" and "triangle" demos, but it would be nice to also have some "tutorial" style documentation to help people get started.
  • Make vkd3d-shader compiler messages and vkd3d-compiler output translatable.
  • Convert existing Direct3D 12 tests to the shader_runner framework. Much like Vulkan, Direct3D 12 is an API that requires many things which would be done implicitly by other APIs to be done explicitly by the user of the API. That has its advantages, but one of the consequences is that many of the d3d12 tests ended up being more verbose than equivalent d3d11 tests. The shader_runner framework in vkd3d is similar in concept to Piglit's shader_runner, and allows tests to be written in a more declarative and much more concise style, at the expense of some flexibility. Where possible, we would like to convert our existing d3d12 tests to shader_runner tests. Note that until vkd3d-shader's HLSL compiler is sufficiently complete, shaders would need to be specified in binary form, like they currently are in the existing tests.
  • Support more shader_runner target APIs. Because shader_runner tests are largely unaware of the underlying API used to implement them, it would be possible to run the same tests on multiple different APIs with relatively little effort. Support for Vulkan, or OpenGL with the ARB_gl_spirv extension would allow testing vkd3d-shader shader translation independently of the rest of vkd3d. In the future, that could also apply to HLSL input, and GLSL or MSL output formats.

Implement keyboard shortcut support for Datetime Picker Control

Possible mentors: We'll provide you with the appropriate mentor

The idea is to add support of all/some of the keyboard shortcuts mentioned in this MSDN page, so that we can select a day by the keyboard.

Wine bug 50511 will also benefit from this work.

Fix Tests on Your Windows Machine

Possible mentors: Depends on the libraries you pick

Wine has an extensive testsuite that is used to document how the Windows API works and check Wine's conformance to the native Windows behaviour. The Wine testbot automatically runs tests when patches are submitted to check if a patch breaks anything.

Unfortunately no Windows machine passes all the tests: http://test.winehq.org/data/ . A few tests are failing reliably and others fail randomly. This can have a number of reasons. Either the test is too strict, Windows' behaviour changed from version to version, the test does not take the influence on some settings into account (e.g. system language), etc.

A possible GSoC project is to pick a set of libraries of a certain domain you are familiar with (e.g. 3D graphics, XML parsing, networking, etc), where tests are failing on one or more of your machines and try to fix them. However, we don't simply want to remove failing tests, but try to understand why they are not behaving as expected. So be prepared for long debug sessions to find out the differences between your Windows installation and one that passes the tests.

Some of the details we expect you to provide in your proposal are DLLs you plan to look at and the current test failures you see in them. Hack away any crashes that prevent any later tests from running to get the full picture. Test how the same tests behave on Linux inside Wine.

Upstream changes from winevdm

Possible mentors: Stefan Dösinger

Wine supports running old Windows 3.x (Win16) programs on 64 bit Linux hosts. The winevdm project (https://github.com/otya128/winevdm) ported this ability to Windows. They are using Wine's 16 bit thunks and combine it with a CPU emulator to get around kernel limitations that prevent 16 bit applications from working natively on 64 bit Windows.

The winevdm project has made quite a few changes to the thunks over time and extended them. This project proposal is about upstreaming those changes to Wine. Find some applications that work in winevdm but not Wine, isolate the changes necessary to make them work (the winevdm git log is your friend) and submit them in small patches to wine-devel.

Your GSoC application should identify one or more Win16 applications together with a likely set of changes that will get the application running. It doesn't have to be a complete set of patches - that will be the main part of your project - but we want to see that you are able to find your way around the source tree.

Improvie HiDPI support

Possible mentors: We'll provide you with the appropriate mentor

Wine currently supports HiDPI. But there're many places in Wine UI that don't take HiDPI into consideration. An example application is Control Spy v6 2.0 with DPI set to 192. DateTime Picker doesn't have enough space, same for Edit, Hot Key, Month Calendar, Status Bar, SysLink, Tab Control, Trackbar, and Up/Down. Note that it may be an application bug. But there are other places in Wine apps as well, e.g., print preview button and toolbar size in WordPad. First, get a scope of Wine common controls/user controls/applications that need to be fixed. Then for further improvements, you may work on setting the recommended DPI scale at Wine startup or dynamic DPI change at runtime.

Multi-monitor display settings support on Mac

Possible mentors: Zhiyi Zhang

  • Currently, Wine supports enumerating multiple monitors(EnumDisplayMonitors) but cannot change their display settings on Mac(EnumDisplaySettings, ChangeDisplaySettings). On Mac, only the primary display settings can be changed. Multi-monitor display setting handlers are implemented in winex11.drv so we can do a similar thing in winemac.drv.
  • End goal would be to allow changing the display setting on multi-monitor Mac systems and passing all the tests in dlls/user32/tests/monitor.c

Implement XRandR display settings handler with transforms

Possible mentors: Zhiyi Zhang

  • On Wayland and some setups with Nvidia proprietary drivers, XRandR reports only one resolution(https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=34348#c34). In this case, the proper solution is to use XRandR transforms to simulate display resolution changes so that Wine can support multiple display resolutions even if the host only report the native resolution.
  • End goal would be to allow changing the display setting on Wayland and passing all the tests in dlls/user32/tests/monitor.c

DirectShow DVD support

Possible mentors: Zebediah Figura

  • DirectShow is a general multimedia streaming framework, built around creating graphs of individual "filters" which consume and produce data. Windows ships a number of built-in filters.
  • Several interfaces related to DVD support (DVD Navigator filter, DVD filter graph) are stubs or unimplemented. The work would consist of providing an implementation of these interfaces.
  • End goal would be to allow a native application to play DVDs.

AVFoundation decoding support

Possible mentors: Zebediah Figura, Gijs Vermeulen
Requirements: Mac OS development

  • DirectShow currently uses the old QuickTime decoding libraries on Mac. However, these are deprecated in favor of AVFoundation.
  • The work would consist of writing a new DirectShow filter that serves as a general-purpose demuxer/decoder using AVFoundation.
  • The decoder should generally follow the winegstreamer design structure. Possibly it can serve as a second backend, using the same PE-side code.
  • The same code may be usable for Media Foundation as well.

AVFoundation video capture support

Possible mentors: Zebediah Figura, Gijs Vermeulen
Requirements: Mac OS development

  • Yet another DirectShow project: implement video capture on Mac.
  • Currently the only video capture backend is Video4Linux (i.e. v4l2). The work would consist of writing another backend using AVFoundation.
  • End goal would be to allow a native application to capture video.

DirectShow audio capture

Possible mentors: Zebediah Figura

  • Yet another DirectShow project: implement audio capture.
  • The work would consist of implementing the CLSID_AudioRecord object, which is currently only stubs.
  • Audio capture should probably be done through WinMM APIs (i.e. waveIn*).
  • End goal would be to allow a native application to capture audio.

Implement robocopy.exe

Possible mentors: Zebediah Figura

Evaluate performance of hqemu in Hangover

Possible mentors: Stefan Dösinger

Hangover (https://github.com/AndreRH/hangover) is a proof of concept of integrating a CPU emulator - in this case qemu - with Wine to run x86 Windows applications on non-x86 host CPUs without running a full Linux userspace stack inside the emulator. While its design is not suitable for upstream integration, it is useful for performance evaluation.

hqemu (http://csl.iis.sinica.edu.tw/hqemu/) is a modification of qemu to generate more efficient translated code with the help of LLVM.

This project proposal is about merging together the hqemu modifications and hangover qemu modifications to evaluate the combined performance. Hangover ideally keeps the amount of code that needs to be emulated small and hqemu speeds up the emulation. If combined, they might either synergize well, or the faster emulation makes hangover's high level thunks moot.

To work on this you will need an arm64 Linux machine. Hangover is notoriously difficult to build. Please try to build and run both Hangover and hqemu separately before submitting your application. Try to get an idea of the modifications each project makes to qemu and how to reconcile them.

Brain Storming

Please feel free to drop immature ideas here. It's okay if you post an idea here while you're not participating as a student/mentor. It may be the start of some high-quality discussion

What about:


Zhenbo Li
IRC: @zhenbo:matrix.org
Email: litimetal -at- gmail dot com

Austin English
IRC Nick: austin987
Contact: austinenglish -at - gmail dot com

Name: André Hentschel
Email: nerv -at- dawncrow -dot- de
IRC: Andre_H