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Winiecki Announces Update of GNU Common Lisp Software

By: Sherry Squires   Published 7:41 am / November 19, 2013

Don Winiecki

Don Winiecki

Jain Amit

Jain Amit

Don Winiecki, a professor in the Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning in the College of Engineering, has announced the release of version 2.6.10 of the open-source software GNU Common Lisp (GCL).

“Version 2.6.10 is the latest release in the stable, as opposed to development, series, and is both faster and able to address larger data sets than its predecessors,” said Winiecki, who also is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology. He has been a member of the GCL project since 2008.

In the process of working out how GCL should accommodate changes to memory allocation in Microsoft Windows, Winiecki said he received key support from the IT staff in the College of Engineering and Amit Jain, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Winiecki, who also is a sociologist and ethnographer, uses Lisp to support his own research on the development of tools and the influences and effects of technologies in social processes.

GCL 2.6.10 passes all self-tests for compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) implementations of Common Lisp, a programming language frequently used for research in symbolic computing, artificial intelligence and software prototyping. GCL is available under the LGPLv3 license, which permits use of the software without a fee.

GCL is best known as a platform for computer algebra systems including Axiom, OpenAxiom, ACL2 and Maxima, used by engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians. GCL runs on Windows, Macintosh computers and most public variants of Linux.

“Open-source software is the product of a unique process,” Winiecki said. “Programmers around the world volunteer to collaborate toward the development of innovative and useful programs. The well-known Linux operating system is itself a product of open-source development, and open-source processes are becoming increasingly influential even in the development of proprietary commercial products.”

For more information about GCL, open-source software or his research, contact Winiecki at dwiniecki@boisestate.edu.