This is Richard Palethorpe’s personal website on software engineering and maybe other stuff.




Some of the projects I have been working on. You can see more on GitHub and GitLab.


The actor model for Julia. I also started a web framework based on this called Luvvy and a viral agent-based simulation.


C Actor model and message passing library using userland read-copy-update (liburcu). Because I can’t get enough of writing actor libraries.

Linux Kernel & Linux Test Project

I have worked on the LTP for the last few years, writing tests and adding library features. One such feature being Fuzzy Sync and recently the concurrent test exeuctor. Also I did a couple of videos on the eBPF tests.

I have also fixed a few kernel bugs, in addition to helping find them:

  • b9258a2cece4 slcan: Don't transmit uninitialized stack data in padding
  • 0ace17d56824 can, slip: Protect tty->disc_data in write_wakeup and close with RCU
  • pending nvdimm: Avoid race between probe and reading device attributes


Written in Julia; A sprawling data analyses ‘framework’ I made to automatically process kernel test results and bug data. I presented this at FOSDEM and here.


An insane attempt at cloning Emacs in Rust. It includes an elisp interpreter and a barely working text editor.

OpenQA & os-autoinst

A monstrosity of an operating system test framework. Amongst other things, I rewrote the QEMU backend to improve snapshotting and performance. It’s mostly Perl (sigh).