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OpenStack Project Update Webinars

Each OpenStack Summit we’ve hosted a Project Update track, where the Project Technical Leads (PTLs) share the state of the project and what’s on the roadmap for the next release. Rather than host the Project Update track during the Hong Kong Summit, we are breaking the sessions out into post-Summit webinars, to allow for broader community participation and give the PTLs a chance to regroup from their Design Summit sessions before presenting.

Join us for the remaining OpenStack projects the week of January 6th and maybe a few additional sessions. The current schedule is below along with registration links that will provide meeting instructions. If you are unable to make the scheduled webinars, please note they will be recorded and available to view after the scheduled date below. Thanks.

Completed Sessions

Thursday, January 16, 2013

9 a.m. Pacific/12 Noon Eastern
Project team leads: Sergey Lukjanov, Data Processing (Savanna) and Michael Basnight, Database Service (Trove)
Data Processing Slides:
Database Service Slides:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7 a.m. Pacific/10 a.m. Eastern
Project team leads: Mark McClain, Networking (Neutron) and Dolph Mathews, Identity (Keystone)
Networking slides:
Identity slides:

Thursday, December 19, 2013
7 a.m. Pacific/10 a.m. Eastern
Project team leads: Russell Bryant, Compute (Nova) and John Dickinson, Object Storage (Swift)
Compute slides:
Object Storage slides:

Tuesday, January 7, 2013
7 a.m. Pacific/10 a.m. Eastern
Project team leads: Mark Washenberger, Image Service (Glance); Julien Danjou, Telemetry (Ceilometer); John Griffith, Block Storage (Cinder)
Image Service slides:
Ceilometer slides:
Block Storage slides:

Thursday, January 9, 2013
Noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern
Project team leads: Steve Baker, Orchestration (Heat) and David Lyle, Dashboard (Horizon)
Orchestration slides:
Dashboard slides:

[Webinar] OpenStack Development: The Infrastructure Behind the Infrastructure Wed, July 10

Join Jim Blair, OpenStack core infrastructure engineer, for a 60-minute behind the scenes discussion about the unique tools and processes that handle up to 200 contributions an hour for one of the fastest-growing open-source cloud projects, OpenStack. Jim’s talk is one in a series of O’Reilly webinars covering the open source world leading up to OSCON. Don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013; 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET
What you’ll learn:
  • how the OpenStack Core infrastructure team developed tools to handle increasing contribution activities
  • what benefits occurred after these processes were put in place
  • how you can access and use the innovations from these open source tools in your own environments

Introducing the OpenStack Activity Board

I am pleased to announce that a beta release of the OpenStack Activity Board (beta) is now live. The development Activity Board announced few months ago provides a visual overview of all the OpenStack public activity of community members across multiple dimensions: contributors and organizations, projects and tools. From a single interface, you can easily surf OpenStack project content, whether it is coming from the LaunchPad bug tracker, Git or Gerrit, all mapped against the OpenStack Foundation members database.

The Vision Behind the Activity Board

The intention is to give the community a way to answer very precise questions like: who’s contributing to that particular feature of OpenStack? What is that developer/company working on? Which commits/changes are related to a particular bug? Who’s joined the development community recently? With the Activity Board, we have integrated information across the different systems used to develop OpenStack to give corporate and community users a unified view of all the efforts going into OpenStack. There are two main parts of the Activity Board: the Dash and the Insights. The Dash contains reports built by Bitergia using the free software suite MetricsGrimoire, it focuses on trends and quantitative presentation. The Insights, enriched with a semantic layer, powered by zAgile’s open source Wikidsmart adds qualitative details with faceted search of concepts across all the different repositories, tracing people and artifacts across different repositories and bug tracker in order to reconcile people and corresponding contributions.

Looking to the Future

With the integration, we know that we can become a much more efficient project in terms of communicating to members, monitoring our progress, and getting work done. The project is its infancy and we wish to continue to evolve the solution and enhance it with everyone’s feedback. First of all we need you to look at the data and let us know if you find any mistake (we’re keeping a log of known issues). There are a number of areas we want to consider, for example:

  • Streamline the faceted search interface according to the community’s desires
  • Add more reports based on community requests
  • Add integration with other OpenStack project data sources (blueprints, mailing lists, Ask, user groups, IRC)
  • Potentially enable interoperability (which is inherent in the Wikidsmart abilities) so that an event in one tool, for example LaunchPad, kicks off another action or update within another tool
  • Remove the dependency on Confluence, port the visualization to an open source wiki or portal,
  • Publish all the code and tools, integrate the Activity board in the OpenStack infrastructure processes

Learn More

If you would like to learn more, we are featuring the OpenStack Activity Board in the upcoming events:

I look forward to your comments and further collaboration to make sure this solution benefits the whole community to the maximum extent.

Participating Remotely to OpenStack Summit 2012

If you can’t make it to San Diego but you still want to participate in the sessions that will shape the future roadmap of OpenStack ‘Grizzly’ you can join the live audio streaming events on Webex. Kindly donated by Cisco Webex team (users of OpenStack themselves), the Webex session will run for the whole day from 9:30am to 6:00pm for each of the rooms Emma AB, Emma C, Windsor BC, Annie AB where the Design Summit will happen. Webex will be used to stream the audio of all conversations in the room where there will be enough microphones: remote participants will use the Webex chat to ask questions and people in the rooms will see the chat stream on one of the two projectors in each room.

The sessions are ready for you to register, they’re identified by topic (Nova, Quantum, Cinder, Documentation, Common, Process, Swift):

Also, each entry on the official schedule of the Design Summit has a link to its proper Webex audio streaming session. There will also be a live video streaming for the general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Keep an eye on the website and twitter for  details.

Known issue: Webex doesn’t support Java 64bit on Linux. If you try to join the voip conference Webex will complain that “The Audio Device is Unaccessible Now”. The most common workaround is to install 32bit Java environment alongside the 64bit one.

Boris Renski of Mirantis presents: What’s new in OpenStack Folsom | Webcast 4 October 2012

Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 Time: 9am PT/12 Noon ET/6pm CET
Sign up here.

As many of you know, the Folsom release marks OpenStack’s transition from a service provider platform to an enterprise ready solution, with its baseline features set and hardening for enterprise usage in place.

I’d like to invite you to join me and Piotr Siwczak, Senior Staff Engineer at Mirantis and contributor to OpenStack, for technical overview of what’s new in the Folsom Release this Thursday, October 4th, at 9am Pacific.

Here’s what we’ll cover.

  • Synopsis of market developments since the April Essex release
  • New capabilities and user features: Nova, Cinder, Keystone, hypervisor support
  • Quantum and Load Balancer as a Service
  • Under-the-covers with key new architectural features
  • Q&A

The webcast is targeted both to experienced OpenStack users and cloud infrastructure teams considering new deployments. Click here for details on signing up.  Seats are limited.

Date: Thursday 4 October 2012
Time: 9am PT/12 Noon ET/6pm CET
You can review the Mirantis Privacy Policy here.  

Boris Renski, EVP and co-founder of Mirantis, is a member of the OpenStack Foundation Board.


Providing a Unified View of OpenStack Projects

The OpenStack project is in fact many projects, developed by hundreds of people, tens of companies, used by thousands. These projects are managed via a number of email lists as well as software engineering tools such like wiki, issue trackers, version control, continuous integration, etc. From my perspective as the Community Manager, achieving a coherent view of all the information is tedious and immensely difficult. I can imagine that community members and corporate members are struggling with the same issues and perhaps even additional ones.

Thus, we are undergoing an integration project to achieve interoperability of content within and between OpenStack projects with dashboards, reports, traceability, and faceted search. We have embarked on a pilot project with zAgile, using their open source Wikidsmart platform, which is an integration platform for software engineering tools as well as other applications like Help Desk (Zendesk, OTRS, etc.) and CRM (Salesforce, SugarCRM, etc.). zAgile has some interesting customer examples using its platform to unite their environment such as SIX, the company responsible for Switzerland’s financial infrastructure.

The intention is to give the community a way to answer questions like: who’s contributing to that particular feature of OpenStack? What is that developer working on? How many work hours/lines of code went into adding that feature/blueprint? What are users saying about OpenStack? With the Wikidsmart prototype we have integrated information across different systems to give corporate and community users a unified view of all the efforts going into OpenStack in real-time. The system answers questions with faceted search of concepts across all the different repositories, tracing people and artifacts across different repositories and bug tracker in order to reconcile people and corresponding contributions.

We are excited to share with you the results of the pilot and solicit your feedback in the following ways:

With the integration, we know that we can become a much more efficient project in terms of communicating to members, monitoring our progress, and getting work done. I hope you can join me in discussing this important topic, and I look forward to your thoughts as comments to this blog, in person at OpenStack Summit, and in the survey.

Meeting To Discuss Next OpenStack Conference And Summit

It’s never too late to get started, especially with a complex series of event like the OpenStack Summit and Conference. We’ve received the results of the survey after the past event in April in San Francisco and we want to keep the conversation open with the community.

All people interested in the next OpenStack Summit and Conference, especially former sponsors and coordinators of tracks in past events, are invited to register for the meeting OpenStack Summit & Conference Fall 2012 Planning,  next Tuesday, June 19 at 10:00 AM CDT. It will be the right time and place to discuss the challenges faced as the events have grown, and potential changes to the format to address them going forward.

Update: read the results of this meeting on OpenStack Summit coming October 15th-19th to San Diego, CA

Live Streaming From OpenStack Folsom Design Summit

Thanks to hardware contributed by Zareason and service provided by Cisco Webex, we’ll be able to offer an experimental live streaming of the discussions at Folsom Design Summit, starting April 16.

If you want to partecipate to the discussions remotely, check on the schedule which room is hosting the session you’re interested in, then join the Webex meeting to listen to the discussion and use IRC to ask questions.

Each room has its own dedicated Webex meeting (the password for all events is folsom) and its own dedicated IRC channel:

Please keep in mind that this is an experimental feature and it may break any time.  Follow @openstack on Twitter for updated information. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped on Sunday afternoon: Matt, Duncan and Nirmal.

Recording of OpenStack Foundation mission and roadmap

For those that couldn’t participate to past week’s webinar, here is the recording of Mark Collier and Jonathan Bryce presenting the draft mission of OpenStack Foundation and its roadmap. (The audio starts around minute 2:50). A total of 86 people participated to the events, 51 on Thursday and 35 on Friday. Since the chat was not visible to every participant, we’re disclosing the complete logs of the chat for both events, unedited . All questions were addressed by Mark and Jonathan. We’re looking for a different tool to use for future webinars.

Presenting OpenStack Foundation mission and roadmap [webinar]

Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier will host two webinars to illustrate the draft mission for the future OpenStack Foundation. The draft was published on and it’s the fist building block of the organisation that was announced in Boston. They will be available to answer questions about the roadmap and deadlines proposed for the project.  We believe a live conversation will complement the online discussion on the foundation mailing list. We picked the times of the webinars to accommodate the needs of people living across the world and we picked the technology that is most accessible. You can use your favourite operating system or dial in using toll free numbers for virtually anywhere in the world. If you encounter problems please let us know.

The first webinar will be held on Thursday Jan 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM CST (register here and the following day on Friday, Jan 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM CST (register here

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