In which my interview at Google goes well, I write an IPsec implementation, and lots of HotOS papers get accepted.
I'm also applying at VMware. That's the company my advisor founded, so I've got an inside track. We'll see.
I wrote an IPsec implementation today. It complies to RFCs 2405 and 2406, and possibly 2404 too, but I haven't read that one yet. Before today I wouldn't have believed how simple the protocol actually is. It's just about child's play. The complicated parts are all in key exchange I guess—fortunately my application already has a satisfactory solution for key exchange, so I didn't have to deal with IKE.
The two groups I work with heard back on their HotOS '03 submissions today. Costa's paper got into the proceedings, and Tal's got into the proceedings and scheduled for presentation too. I hear that Armando's group also got some papers in there. With luck, maybe I can get one group or another to send me to the conference—it's in Hawaii!