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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

The Hong Kong Summit: Why I’m Excited

We asked our community why they’re looking forward to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong next week. We received a number of colorful responses and we’re sharing some of the best here. Have something to add?  Let us know why you’re excited for the Summit in the comments!

Reviewing how Blueprints are handled

OpenStack Compute Tech Lead Russell Bryant has triggered an important discussion on the OpenStack Development mailing list about the process to review blueprints. The Blueprints wiki page currently assigns to Project Tech Leads the task of assigning priority to the blueprints and Russell is suggesting that a wider group of people in the community shares such responsibility. Join the discussion on the development mailing list and in Hong Kong.

OpenStack “Core” and Interoperability

Have you been following the “what is core?” conversation since the “Incubation Update” committee completed its work some time ago? This discussion is going to be the big ticket item during next week’s board meeting. Mark McLoughlin shares his thoughts and a discussion derived from it on the OpenStack Foundation mailing list.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

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Chandankumar, None Lana, Rackspace
Vinod Mangalpally, Rackspace Vladimir Vechkanov, Mirantis
Tim Freund, Missing email in profile Neo, None
Telles Mota Vidal Nóbrega, Distributed System Laboratory – LSD/UFCG Maxime Vidori, Enovace
Christian Strack, None Kai Zhang, Cisco
Hoisaleshwara Madan V S, Missing email in profile Ekaterina Fedorova, Mirantis
Daniel Korn, Missing email in profile Sushil Kumar, Globallogic
ChenZheng, IBM Olga Kopylova, None
Vipin Balachandran, VMware Krishna Raman, Multiple profile profile
Renat Akhmerov, Mirantis Diane Mueller, ActiveState Software
Adrian Otto, Rackspace Clayton Coleman, Red Hat
Sridhar S, None Blair Zajac, ?
Matthew Mosesohn, Multiple profile and profile Vipin Balachandran, VMware
Dzmitry Horbach, None Lars Butler, Rackspace
Brian DeHamer, HP Chandankumar, None
nikhil komawar, Rackspace Anastasia Karpinska, None
Joe Cruz, Rackspace
Terry Howe, HP
Phillipa Avery, Self
Michael Prokop, ?

Security Advisories

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

Missing the deadline

Missing the deadline sending a review after feature freeze

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 18 – 25)

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Solum: Open Development From Day One

Solum is a project designed to make cloud services easier to consume and integrate into your application development process. Solum begins as a shared vision, not a complete product. It’s a vision that a coalition of contributors believes in and wants to contribute to. For this to work, everything has to be designed and developed in the open from the very beginning. We’re taking the OpenStack commitment to core values of open development, open design and open community right to heart. Kudos to Rackspace, eBay, RedHat, Ubuntu/Canonical, dotCloud/Docker, Cloudsoft and Cumulogic for spearheading this effort.

An analysis of the Technical Committee election

Thierry Carrez played around with the ballots from the election of the Technical Committee. Since detailed ballot reporting was enabled in the past elections, it is possible to test alternative algorithms and run various analysis over the data set. As an official for this election, Thierry published his analysis of the results, hoping it will help in the current discussion on a potential evolution of the Foundation individual members voting system.

OpenStack Havana – the Quality Perspective

With Havana out in the wild, Sean Dague reviews the improvements made to the gating infrastructure during this release cycle. Beyond just increasing the number of tests we run, we made some changes in the nature of what we do in the gate. These changes are easy to overlook: Sean’s post gives a perspective in everything that’s going on behind the scenes when you try to land code in OpenStack.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

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Got answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

When a PTL has been voted

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 11 – 18)

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OpenStack Havana is out

OpenStack Havana, the eighth release of the open source software for building public, private, and hybrid clouds, has nearly 400 new features to support software development, managing data and application infrastructure at scale. The OpenStack community continues to attract the best developers and experts in their disciplines with 910 individuals employed by 145 different organizations contributing to the Havana release. Learn all about Havana at the Hong Kong OpenStack Summit

Other news related to the Havana release

Technical Committee – October 2013 election results

Congratulations to the new TC. The following people are elected to one-year seats:

  • Monty Taylor
  • Russell Bryant
  • Anne Gentle
  • Mark McLoughlin
  • Doug Hellmann
  • Sean Dague

The following people are elected to six-month seats:

  • James E. Blair
  • Michael Still
  • John Griffith
  • Mark McClain
  • Robert Collins

They join Vishvananda Ishaya and Thierry Carrez in the Technical Committee that will oversee the Icehouse release cycle.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

Is your affiliation correct? Check your profile in the OpenStack Foundation Members Database!

Got answers?

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OpenStack Reactions

when I try to get an admin token as a user

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Oct 4 – 11)

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CoreOS, a good operating system for your OpenStack controllers

Sébastien Han explains why in his opinion CoreOS is an excellent operation system for your OpenStack controllers. Even if CoreOS is not mature enough to be put in production, the technology has a lot of advantages and features that are worth exploring.

The Growing Diversity inside OpenStack Object Storage

Of all OpenStack projects, Object Storage (also known as Swift) has always been considered mature or, in other words, a place where new things rarely happen. The good news is that a lot of exciting things are happening in Swift, specifically around the community participation and growing ecosystem.

Improving the OpenStack Documentation Build Tools

The tools for building and checking the OpenStack Documentation manuals has been improved with a few different options for fine-grained control. The new tools are run locally and as jenkins jobs allowing writers submitting a patch to get quickly an overview about what fails.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

Is your affiliation correct? Check your profile in the OpenStack Foundation Members Database!

Got answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

OpenStack Reactions

straight two +2 / approval in the same day

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The Growing Diversity inside OpenStack Object Storage

Of all OpenStack projects, Object Storage (also known as Swift) has always been considered mature or, in other words, a place where new things rarely happen. I’ve always been looking at the Object Storage project closely and I’m happy to report a lot of exciting things are happening in Swift, specifically around the community participation and growing ecosystem.

The total number of contributors to OpenStack Object Storage reached 136 with as many as 16 different people committing code in a single week of July 2013. Of those, 64 have participated in the Havana cycle, 30 of whom are new contributors to Swift. The charts show a very good upward trending curve for the total authors per week, different people filing new bugs (the Closers/Openers chart) and variety of people filing, triaging, setting priority and fixing bugs (the Changers chart). The top contributors (by patch count) are from 6 different companies: SwiftStack, Red Hat, Rackspace, United Stack, IBM, and eNovance.

Features are also growing: in Havana we’ll get global clusters. This allows deployers to build a single Swift storage system that spans a wide geographic area. For example, a deployer can build a Swift storage cluster that keeps different replicas in different regions for either DR or for low-latency regional access. SwiftStack, SoftLayer, and Mirantis all contributed into the global clusters feature. More details on what’s coming are on the CHANGELOG. Get to the Summit in Hong Kong to hear how Concur set up their global Swift cluster.

More new and cool features are also coming: SwiftStack, Box, and Intel are working on an erasure coding storage policy. Rackspace is working on improving replication. Red Hat is working on making Swift’s interface to storage volumes more dynamic. Work has started on this functionality and will be a major topic of discussion in Hong Kong.

Because of this broad base of contributors, the major feature development addressing real-world use cases, and the proven performance at scale, OpenStack Object Storage is being widely deployed and is powering some of the world’s largest storage clouds. I’m tremendously excited about Swift’s progress and its future trajectory.

OpenStack at the Grace Hopper Conference

I love reporting back from events where we grow our inclusive contributor base! On the Saturday after the Grace Hopper Conference, four of us ran a workshop to onboard future OpenStack contributors. Grace Hopper is a celebration of women in computing and over 4500 women attended the conference this year, showing great growth over the years. Iccha Sethi came up with the idea way back in April and we organized our workshop in the months leading up to the event. This year is the first year I’ve ever attended such a conference and I really enjoyed the experience, writing about it on the Rackspace developer blog.

Here is a photo of our group of merry patch-makers:


There were a dozen open source projects there for 200 participants total. For OpenStack, Rackers Iccha Sethi, Jessica Lucci, Ashwini Shukla and I all served as technical support to the ten people who participated. For starters, Iccha presented about OpenStack, using the great decks from openstack.org/marketing. Next, we ran through introductions and a short icebreaker activity where we did a cloud simulation activity. Everyone enjoyed acting like cloud servers passing red Rackspace squishy balls like they were files on a network.

Then we settled into our laptops for the main workshop, getting DevStack running on a bunch of Rackspace Cloud Servers and working on a first patch! By the end of the day, we had two new patches up for Glance, the Image Service project. We would have had a few more patches in if mid-afternoon flights hadn’t got in the way. Here are two of our happy patchers:

We also had Susan Lauber in our group, who is one of the first OpenStack trainers ready to give OpenStack training through RedHat. The Foundation sent OpenStack stickers and the newest OpenStack t-shirts which flew off the tables! It was so great to see so many women working together on OpenStack. I’m looking forward to the OpenStack Summit where we can see even more people in person. If you’re attending the Summit in Hong Kong please save the date for the next Women of OpenStack gathering – Monday, November 4, 5pm-7pm. Details will be shared soon to all Summit registrants.

The conference and open source day was full of recruiting opportunities for the GNOME Outreach Program for Women. I’ve been inviting OpenStack organizations to sponsor an intern, and I wanted to also ask through this blog. If you’d like to get involved with the Outreach Program for Women, there are two opportunities that come to mind immediately. We have some mentors in mind but always want good ideas from mentors for projects that an intern could complete in 3 months. Also, each internship spot is sponsored at $5750 twice a year. If you’d like to donate, please go to http://gnome.org/opw/ and click on Become a sponsor! Let the admins know by October 10th if you are interested in joining the program.

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 27 – Oct 4)

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September 2013 PTL elections – Final results

Thank you to the electorate, to all those who voted and to all candidates who put their name forward for PTL for this election. A healthy, open process breeds trust in our decision making capability – thank you to all those who make this process possible.

Thinking about how to Implement OpenStack Core Definition

There have been a number of community discussions (OSCON, SFO & SA-TX) around the process for OpenStack Core definition. We’re continuing to get community feedback.  So what’s next?

First…. Get involved: Upcoming Community Core Discussions

  • 10/8 7pm (Tues) New York City Meetup (Rob Hirschfeld & Monty Taylor)
  • 10/16 9am (Wed) tentative Online Meetup (details TBD, Rob Hirschfeld & Alan Clark)
  • 10/22 7pm (Tues) Minnesota Meetup (Kyle Mestery & Sean Roberts)
  • Week Before Summit: Beijing Meetup hosted by Alan Clark (details TBD)

What’s Next?  Implementation! Rob Hirschfeld has some ideas about that too on his blog.

Easier upstreaming / back-porting of patch series with git

Have you ever needed to port a selection of commits from one git branch to another, but without doing a full merge? This is a common challenge and Adam Spiers spends some time explaining how to ease the pain.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

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OpenStack Reactions

getting busy while the gates are broken

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 20-27)

Register Now For The Summit in Hong Kong
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Last batch of invites to the Hong Kong summit has been sent to Active Technical Contributors (ATCs). Check your inbox and spam folders if your code merged before September 25th.

Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by September 30!

A tale of 3 OpenStack clouds : 50,000 cores in production at CERN

Tim Bell in his blog post explains the different OpenStack environments at CERN and their distinct teams of evaluation and administration.

OpenStack Icehouse Incubation Roundup

The OpenStack Technical Committee met this week to consider the status of incubated projects for the upcoming Icehouse cycle. As a result, database provisioning (codename Trove)will be an official part of the Icehouse (2014.1) release, while message queues (Marconi) and bare-metal server provisioning (Ironic) will be in incubation with a view to becoming official in the as-yet-unnamed J (2014.2) release. MapReduce as a service (Savanna) will also be incubated.

How to Use Ask OpenStack

We’re continuously building together “The best place on the Internet to find answers to common OpenStack problems”: our Question&Answers site Ask OpenStack is such place and needs everybody’s help. Ask OpenStack is a collaborative effort, think of it like a wiki where pages are made only of questions and answers. Anybody with more than 100 karma points can fix a question or an answer and anybody can gain karma points by getting votes on answers and/or questions.

Introducing the NNFI scheduler for Zuul

We recently made a change to Zuul’s scheduling algorithm (how it determines which changes to combine together and run tests).  Now when a change fails tests (or has a merge conflict), Zuul will move it out of the series of changes that it is stacking together to be tested, but it will still keep that change’s position in the queue.  Jobs for changes behind it will be restarted without the failed change in their proposed repo states.  And if something later fails ahead of it, Zuul will once again put it back into the stream of changes it’s testing and give it another chance.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

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Got answers?

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OpenStack Reactions

When I realised it was me who broke the gate

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OpenStack Governance: Electing Technical Leaders For Next Development Cycle

An important part of OpenStack’s culture is to elect its tech leaders every six months: we’re in the process of electing the Project Tech Leads for the next 6 months release cycle. Our governance model based on merit is one of the strong points of our community. Except otherwise-noted in the program description, the electorate for a given program PTL election are the Foundation individual members that are also committers for one of the program projects over the Grizzly-Havana timeframe (from 2012-09-27 to 2013-09-26, 23:59 PST).

This week from Sep 20 to Sep 26 the candidates to PTL positions can offer themselves. The e-voting booths will be open from Sep 27 to Oct 3. Elections will be held using CIVS and a Condorcet algorithm (Schulze/Beatpath/CSSD variant). Any tie will be broken using TieBreaking rules.

After the PTLs are elected we will also elect the members of the Technical Committee. This is the first election with the new TC charter: we renew 11 TC seats for this election. Candidates ranking 1st to 6th will get one-year seats, and candidates ranking 7th to 11th will get 6-month seats.  The electorate for TC election are the Foundation individual members that are also committers for one of the official programs projects over the Grizzly-Havana timeframe (from 2012-09-27 to 2013-09-26, 23:59 PST).

Any member of an election electorate can propose his/her candidacy for the same election (except the two TC members who were elected for a one-year seat last Spring, Vishvananda Ishaya and Thierry Carrez). No nomination is required.  More details on the dedicated wiki page.

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 13-20)

Register Now For The Summit in Hong Kong
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Today all Hong Kong Summit Speakers were notified whether or not your submission was accepted for inclusion in the final Summit agenda. If you submitted a talk please check your email now (the email address that you used when you submitted the session). If you do not see a notification email sent from OpenStack please contact events@openstack.org.

Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by September 30!

OpenStack Launches Training Marketplace

The OpenStack Foundation has launched a new Training Marketplace, making it easier to discover and participate in training courses offered by technology providers in the OpenStack ecosystem. Aptira, hastexo, The Linux Foundation, Mirantis, Morphlabs, Piston, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and SwiftStack are the first companies to have courses available in the Marketplace, with the goal of growing the OpenStack talent pool and accelerating the availability of OpenStack training courses worldwide.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from Previous Events

Other News

Welcome New Developers

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  • Thomas Maddox, Rackspace
  • Vitaliy Kolosov, Yahoo!
  • Chen Xiao, China
  • Chengli XU, Netease
  • Vitaly Kostenko, None
  • David Xie, Platform Computing
  • Keith Burns, Nexus IS
  • Dazhao Yu, IBM
  • Yves-Gwenael Bourhis, Cloudwatt
  • Sahid Orentino Ferdjaoui, Cloudwatt
  • Noboru Arai, NEC
  • Yair Fried, Red Hat
  • Kiyohiro Adachi, NEC
  • Ling Gao, IBM
  • Leonard Packham, Rackspace
  • Jason Smith, Rackspace
  • Hart Hoover, Rackspace
  • Abhishek Lahiri, Symantec Corporation
  • Evgeny Fedoruk, Radware
  • Denny Zhang, Unitedstack
  • Harri Hämäläinen, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.
  • Victor Morales, Intel
  • Sam Harwell, Rackspace
  • Bo Lin, Vmware
  • Joe Cropper, IBM

Got answers?

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OpenStack Reactions

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