MetaRuby contains miscellaneous libraries (useful now) for a future Ruby-in-Ruby interpreter including Array/Hash/String as abstract ("Hollow") classes, an undo queue, a statistical time-profiler, an event loop, a modular marshaller ("ToSource"), a specification for a modular+reflexive+homoiconic remote call system ("LGRAM"), a declarative type system, a schema for expressing Ruby source code as proper (non-special) Ruby objects, etc.
GridFlow is a plugin for PureData, Ruby, and jMax. It provides the ability to process images and video as N-dimensional arrays ("Grids"). It consists of a framework for grid transmissions, elementary grid processing objects, picture-oriented processing objects, and input/output objects. It also allows one to write plugins for PureData and jMax using the Ruby language.
The PLEAC project aims to re-implement the solutions presented in the Perl Cookbook (by Tom Christiansen & Nathan Torkington, published by O'Reilly) in other programming languages. If successful, this project may become a primary resource for quick, handy, free solutions to most common programming problems using higher-level programming languages. It could also be useful for comparison on ease-of-use and power/efficiency of these languages.
PhysicsFS is a library to provide abstract access to various archives. The programmer defines a "write directory" on the physical filesystem. No file writing done through the PhysicsFS API can leave that write directory, for security. For file reading, the programmer lists directories and archives that form a "search path". Once the search path is defined, it becomes a single, transparent, hierarchical filesystem. This makes for easy access to ZIP files in the same way as you access a file directly on the disk, and it makes it easy to ship a new archive that will override a previous archive on a per-file basis. Symbolic links can be disabled, for added safety. Finally, PhysicsFS gives you a platform- abstracted means to determine if CD-ROMs are available, the user's home directory, where in the real filesystem your program is running, etc.
MPI Ruby is a Ruby binding of MPI. The primary goal in making this binding was to make the power of MPI available to Ruby users in a way that fits into the language's object oriented model. In order to do this, the buffer and datatype management necessary in the C, C++, and Fortran bindings have been removed. What this means is that MPI Ruby allows you to treat objects as messages. MPI Ruby also aims to be a complete binding to MPI, in that it offers access to nearly all functionality of MPI.