The challenge framework has been developed to facilitate the development of python-based submissions. It is however possible to develop submissions using other languages.
We suggest two main solutions for this.
- Python C extensions. If want to use native code that can interface with C, you can probably turn it into a python module using CPython's C API.
- Subprocess calls. It might be easier to make your actual implementation as a
standalone script or binary that can be called as a subprocess from
Otherwise, you can use any other technique that works! What matters is that the final apptainer-based test of Submission succeeds.
Be sure to include all required installation steps in
For native code, you can either:
- Build it in
setup/setup.sh: this is the most portable option, but requires to install the full compilation toolchain in the container.
- Include the binary in the submission package. This might be easier, but be careful about native dependencies (or instruction sets -- the evaluation server has a AVX2-generation x86 CPU). We use this solution for the simulation library in the demo submission, as installing verilator would make the container setup very annoying.