Trip Report: Freestanding in San Diego—Ben Craig

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Trip Report: Freestanding in San Diego

by Ben Craig

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All three are dealing with "freestanding". I've been working for the last year or so trying to redefine freestanding in a way that would be useful to more people. I have personal experience using C++ in various operating system kernels / drivers, and a bit of experience working on micro controllers and digital signal processors, so that's where my papers focused. At the CppCon 2018 SG14 meeting, some GPU companies have said that my definitions are useful for their architectures (with some tweaks), and I've heard from several other people that my definitions are even useful in some environments where performance and determinism are key, even when there is an OS. I'm still trying to figure out if and how to incorporate all these groups into one thing that could get standardized.

I pitched "Freestanding Proposal" at my first WG21 meeting was November of 2017 in Albuquerque. I was an unknown then. San Diego was my third WG21 meeting. All the papers and interviews and trip reports have now made it where people were asking me about freestanding quite frequently. There were a few times I got stopped while walking around by someone I had never talked to before, and they knew who I was, and asked about freestanding. I found this very flattering. I'm thrilled (and terrified) that my work is getting such visibility...

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