OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 29 – Sep 5)

Latest Technical Committee Updates

The OpenStack Technical Committee meets weekly to work through requests for incubation, to review technical issues happening in currently integrated projects, and to represent the technical contributors to OpenStack. We have about a month remaining with our current crew and elections coming soon. Read the summary of latest meetings to find out about defcore, gap analysis and projects in incubation.

OpenStack DefCore Process Flow: Community Feedback Cycles for Core [6 points + chart]

DefCore is an OpenStack Foundation Board managed process “that sets base requirements by defining 1) capabilities, 2) code and 3) must-pass tests for all OpenStack™ products. This definition uses community resources and involvement to drive interoperability by creating the minimum standards for products labeled OpenStack™.” Rob Hirschfeld details in a blog post what “community resources and involvement” entails. Check out the upcoming DefCore Community Meetings Sep 10 & Sep 11.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Relevant Conversations

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

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

Welcome New Reviewers, Developers and Core Reviewers

Welcome to Trove-core: Amrith Kumar.

Ilia Meerovich Cesar Mojica
John McDonough Bartosz Fic
Gerard Garcia Adrien Vergé
Colleen Murphy Yi Ming Yin
Antoine Abélard Yanping Qu
Miguel Grinberg Timothy Okwii
Brian Moss Sarvesh Ranjan
Karen Noel Rishabh
Saksham Varma Komei Shimamura
Can ZHANG Prasoon Telang
Chirag Shahani Steve Lewis
Christian Fetzer Srinivas Sakhamuri
Juan Zuluaga Patrick Amor
Yukinori Sagara Om Prakash Pandey
Peter Krempa Srini
Matt Kovacs

OpenStack Reactions

Getting a spec all worked out and implemented

Getting a spec all worked out and implemented

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Latest Technical Committee Updates

The OpenStack Technical Committee meets weekly to work through requests for incubation, to review technical issues happening in currently integrated projects, and to represent the technical contributors to OpenStack. We have about a month remaining with our current crew and elections coming soon. What have we been up to? Here’s an overview of current activities.

User Committee Nominees

We’ve recently put together some more nominees for a User Committee representative to replace Ryan Lane. These nominees are willing to serve in consolidating user requirements, guiding the dev teams when user feedback is needed, track OpenStack deployments and usage (typically done through the annual user survey), and work with user groups around the world.

  • Beth Cohen, Verizon Cloud technology strategist
  • Chet Burgess, Metacloud Chief architect
  • Andrew Mitry, Comcast cloud architect
  • Jonathan Proulx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Senior technical architect
  • Jacob Walcik, Rackspace Principal solutions architect

We’re happy to report that Jonathan Proulx will join the User Committee, and we’re definitely going to ask for more ways for the others to get involved. Thanks to all for their willingness to get involved.

Milestone Gap Analyses for Current Teams

With each milestone for the Juno release, currently integrated teams had a list of technical items to work through based on TC input. Networking (neutron), Databases (trove), Telemetry (ceilometer), Orchestration (heat), and Images (glance) all addressed technical concerns this release. We also discussed with Object Storage (swift) their current plans and the potential for more alignment. For Networking, the neutron team focused on database migrations, test coverage, feature parity with nova-network, and documentation for open source driver options. For Images, the glance team is addressing critical testing gaps. For Databases, the trove team addressed concerns about test coverage and documentation as well as CI and bug triaging. The horizon team, working on the OpenStack dashboard, completed its mission statement and is working on refreshing integration tests while splitting their repos into a separate toolkit from the django app itself. Telemetry, handled by the ceilometer team, gave an update to the TC about Gnocchi, a separate experimental approach to store and retrieve time series data and resource representations such as what ceilometer does for its datapoint collection for say, an instance resizing or migrating to another compute host. The Orchestration efforts with the heat team is all about improving functional testing and upgrade testing and stating their mission statement.

Integration and Incubation Discussions

This six-month period revealed these incubation requests: Designate, Rally, and Manila.

Designate works on providing access to DNS services and was accepted for incubation in the Juno release.

The Manila project was originally based on the Block Storage project cinder and it provides file-based shared storage services with coordinated access. It is designed to support multiple storage backends. As an example use-case, end-users create an NFS share with the REST API, make sure its accessible on the correct network, and sets up the NetApp (or EMC, or GlusterFS, or another storage driver) volume backend.

The Rally project provides SLA management for production OpenStack clouds. While this mission is helpful for performance testing and keeping live clouds running smoothly, the TC concluded it does not need to be a part of OpenStack, rather it is a project that can be adopted outside of OpenStack.

Leading up to Juno also proves busy for integration discussions with these teams: Barbican, Ironic, and Zaqar (you may remember the team name Marconi).

Barbican continues to be incubated, and both Zaqar and Ironic are being discussed so feel free to follow along at next week’s TC meeting.

DefCore: Community feedback and technical leadership for the layers of OpenStack

The TC had a joint meeting again this past week to talk about the definition of OpenStack. Discussion in meetings and online continues with recent communications from Rob Hirschfeld and Sean Dague. These visuals and processes are helping us make our community efforts what we want them to be.

Conversations to Follow

We’re also deep diving into discussions about programs adopting projects or guidelines for adopting new official projects. We’ve had lively discussions about the scope of programs on the openstack-dev mailing list with over 100 responses so it’s definitely a topic of interest.

As a community we are seeking cross-project themes or initiatives, so please follow along on the openstack-dev mailing list.

We hope these summary posts are helpful for sipping from the firehose. Let us know your thoughts through our many feedback channels.

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 22 – 29)

The results are in – Manila is an OpenStack incubated project!

OpenStack Technical Committee voted Manila into official incubation status. The TC formally accepted the creation of shared file systems program, as well as the incubation of the Manila project.

OpenStack as Layers

Sean Dague has a good suggestion for representing OpenStack’s pieces and how they stack up together to realize Infrastructure As A Service. His post expands on the timely topic of what should be part of an integrated release.

Keystone is not an authentication service

Nathan Kinder dives deeper into Keystone. While many would argue that Keystone in OpenStack world has something to do with authentication, Nathan argues that Keystone’s main purpose is authorization within an OpenStack deployment. While it’s true that Keystone can perform authentication itself, Nathan argues that doesn’t mean that it should be used for authentication.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Relevant Conversations

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

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

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Atin Ruia Santosh Kumar
abhiram moturi Matt Rutkowski
Peter Krempa Carl Bader
Kentaro TANAKA Veena
Eric Blake Nolan Brubaker
Artem Osadchiy Neeti Dahiya
Shanthakumar K Mikhail S Medvedev
Sanja Nosan Abhishek Talwar
Prasoon Telang Yukinori Sagara
Oscar Romero Ted Ross
Jeremy Moffitt Prabhakar Kudva
Csaba Henk Eric Blake
Santosh Kumar abhiram moturi
Randy Perryman
Kent Wang
Johnu George
Jeffrey Calcaterra
Grace Yu
David Mahony

OpenStack Reactions

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setting a -1 on your own review

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OpenStack Taking Its Place in the Software-Defined Economy

We are now living in the software-defined economy.

I blogged about this back in May, after talking about it in a keynote at OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Since then, the meme has sort of caught on.

Here’s the idea:

No matter what size your organization is, it must move faster. Supply chain and IP advantages are fleeting and costly; organizations are realizing that continuous software innovation is critical in terms of building and preserving competitive advantage.

Companies are trying to figure out how to leverage their developers to make this happen. OpenStack is the infrastructure platform more and more of these companies are choosing to give their developers the tools they need to bring agility to a completely new paradigm of software development.

Keynoting About It

I’m going to talk more about OpenStack’s role in the software-defined economy at OpenStack Silicon Valley, a community event taking place at the Computer History Museum on September 16. Specifically, I’ll look at the role that infrastructure agility plays in the software-defined economy. You can register here, and if you’re attending VMworld, Oracle OpenWorld or the Paris Summit, you can get in free.

Software supported by agile infrastructure makes rapid innovation a reality, and the OpenStack community is making agile infrastructure a reality for a growing number of companies. The stakes are high: Richard Foster conducted an analysis in which he says, among other things:

  • On average, an S&P 500 company is being replaced about once every two weeks, either because of market cap decline or acquisition.
  • The churn rate of companies has been accelerating over time.
  • Corporations in the S&P 500 in 1958 lasted in the index for 61 years, on average.
  • By 1980, the average tenure had shrunk to about 25 years. Today, it stands at just 18 years based on seven year rolling averages.

But here’s the punch line:

At the current churn rate, 75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.

This lies at the heart of why every company either is a technology company or is becoming one. Users of OpenStack are putting software at the center of their strategies to do just that.

Join me at OpenStack Silicon Valley to talk about how we position the project for continued success as the infrastructure of choice to drive the software-defined economy.

 

OpenStack Community Events in September

If you want to hear some great content before the OpenStack Summit in Paris this November, attend one of these OpenStack Community events being held around the world. Join fellow community members, learn from user stories and hear directly from industry leaders. Hurry, registration deadlines are quickly approaching!

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On September 16, attend OpenStack Silicon Valley to hear from industry thought leaders on a wide range of topics, including OpenStack in the Enterprise, OpenStack for NFV, Emerging Trends in OpenStack in addition to a half-day OpenStack training.Review the full agenda and register before prices increase on August 28!When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Where: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
Tickets: If you are registered to attend the OpenStack Summit in Paris, email paris-summit@openstacksv.com to register for free.
Featured Speakers:

  • Alessandro Perilli, Red Hat
  • Marten Mickos, Eucalyptus Systems
  • Jesse Proudman, Blue Box
  • Chris Kemp, Nebula
  • Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation
  • Boris Renski, Mirantis
  • & more!

 

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OpenStack Conference Benelux 2014
Register for the first official OpenStack Conference Benelux 2014, a one-day conference for developers, users and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software. Whether you are just getting started and want to learn more about OpenStack, or are an advanced user, there’s content planned for you, including case studies, technical talks and workshops.

View the agenda and register today!

When: Friday, September 19, 2014
Where:
‘t Spant, Bussum
Doctor Abraham Kuyperlaan 3
1402 SB Bussum
Tickets: Free
Featured Speakers:

  • Alan Clark, Board Chairman of the OpenStack Foundation
  • Ruud Harmsen, Fairbanks NV
  • Erik Monninkhof, Dupaco Distribution B.V.
  • Alessandro Vozza, Red Hat
  • Marijn de Vos, SUSE
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Please note that the content planned for OpenStack Day Taiwan will be presented in Chinese. Registration will close on September 18th, so register for free now!When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Where: Howard Plaza Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Tickets: Attendance is free, but registration is required to attend
Featured Speakers:
  • Tom Fifield, OpenStack Foundation
  • Chris Huang, SUSE
  • Jimmy Kao, In Win Development
  • Sam Chen, In Win Development
  • Robert Feng, Cisco
  • Dr. Sen Ming Chang, Red Hat
  • Terence Tsao, HP
  • Eugene Chang, Brocade
  • Wenyu Chen, InfinitiesSoft
  • Berry Chen, VMware

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 15 – 22)

Call for Proposals: Open Source Ecosystem Design Sessions at the Paris Summit

We’re continuing the Open Source Ecosystem Design Sessions at the OpenStack Summit Paris (Nov 3-7, 2014). It’s an opportunity to foster the projects and communities that don’t fall under the umbrella of the OpenStack Foundation, but are actively being used and developed within the greater ecosystem. We were inspired by everyone who came together to plan the next development cycle on their storage, configuration management, orchestration and networking projects. If you have an open source project that’s related to OpenStack and has a significant community of contributors, we invite you to submit a proposal.

OpenStack Ceilometer and the Gnocchi experiment

Julien Danjou reports on what’s happening within the OpenStack Telemetry program, with a retrospective on Ceilometer and its drawbacks.

Your baby is ugly! Picking which code is required for Commercial Core.

Entertaining post by Rob Hirschfeld about DefCore. “There’s no point in sugar-coating this: selecting API and code sections for core requires making hard choices and saying no. DefCore makes this fair by 1) defining principles for selection, 2) going slooooowly to limit surprises and 3) being transparent in operation.”

Who Are the Most Influential People of OpenStack®?

Fun game by the fun folks at Metacloud. They’re printing and giving away in Paris custom-printed decks of cards that include the most influential people of OpenStack. The best part? The community gets to decide who is featured in the deck!

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Relevant Conversations

Security Advisories and Notes

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

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

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Welcome Michael Bayer to oslo-db core reviewers

Vlad Okhrimenko Yu Zhang
Simona Iuliana Toader Taku Fukushima
Sergey Lupersolsky Simon Leinen
Johnu George Shaun McDowell
Brent Roskos RedBaron
Bhavani Shankar Jesse Proudman
Alexis GUNST Jesse J. Cook
Adelina Tuvenie Edouard Outin
Doug Baer justin thomas simms
Angus Thomas Tom Holtzen
avi berger TARDIVEL
Dorin Paslaru Samer Deeb
Aishwarya Thangappa Puneet Arora
phanipawan
Venkatasubramanian Ramachandran
Tomáš Nováčik
Kyle Stevenson
Can ZHANG
Doug Baer
Clinton Knight
Игор Миловановић
Steven Tan
Rob Cresswell
yuriy brodskiy
avi berger
Oscar Romero
Louis Taylor

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

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My reaction when someone nitpick on my reviews

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Call for Proposals: Open Source Ecosystem Design Sessions at the Paris Summit

At the Atlanta OpenStack Summit we launched Open Source Ecosystem Design Sessions, a new track to give design session space to external open source projects related to OpenStack. It’s an opportunity to foster the projects and communities that don’t fall under the umbrella of the OpenStack Foundation, but are actively being used and developed within the greater ecosystem. We were inspired by everyone who came together to plan the next development cycle on their storage, configuration management, orchestration and networking projects.

We’re continuing this program at the OpenStack Summit Paris (Nov 3-7, 2014), and are opening the Call for Proposals. If you have an open source project that’s related to OpenStack and has a significant community of contributors, we invite you to submit a proposal.

The purpose of this space is to get developers in the same room so they can plan for the Kilo release cycle. This is not a speaker or marketing session, rather it’s meant to give a venue for focused collaboration and planning for a distributed development team. To achieve these goals, please follow these guidelines:

  • *The project needs to be directly related to OpenStack in some way.
  • It must be open source, with code freely available and actively developed.
  • The session must be non-commercial and vendor neutral, although a vendor that sponsors a project can organize and moderate the meeting.
  • Sessions must be open to anyone who is interested in contributing to the project. It’s primarily a venue for core developers to meet and plan, but also a place for new developers and those interested in the project to get more information.
  • Group organizers and participants must hold a conference pass and adhere to the OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct (passes will be available to organizers who do not currently have ATC status).
  • Sessions will be 90 minutes long.

The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2014, and we’ll follow up with decisions by September 19. Note that space is limited this year, with 6-9 slots available — similar or related projects may be asked to share space due to venue constraints.

Please apply for a session room with this form. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Project name
  • Project description and how it relates to OpenStack
  • Overview of how you’ll use the time and space
  • Names and contact information for up to two organizers committed hosting the session
  • Link to your project site and source code repository

A big thanks to everyone for all of the time and effort they put into supporting OpenStack!

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 8 – 15)

Patchwork Onion delivers stability & innovation: the graphics that explains how we determine OpenStack Core

The OpenStack board, through the DefCore committee, has been working to define “core” for commercial users using a combination of minimum required capabilities (APIs) and code (Designated Sections).  These minimums are decided on a per project basis so it can be difficult to visualize the impact on the overall effect on the Integrated Release. Rob Hirschfeld and Joshua McKenty have created the patchwork onion graphic to help illustrate how core relates to the integrated release.

OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris

We’re doing it again, bigger: the OpenStack Foundation is delivering a training program to accelerate the speed at which new OpenStack developers are successful at integrating their own roadmap into that of the OpenStack project. If you’re a new OpenStack contributor or plan on becoming one soon, you should sign up for the next OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit. We’re doing it again before the Paris Summit, as we did in Atlanta, only bigger.

Using gerrymander, a client API and command line tool for gerrit

Over the past couple of months Daniel P. Berrange has worked on creating a python library and command line tool for dealing with gerrit. Gerrymander was born out of his frustration with the inefficiency of handling reviews through the gerrit web UI. Reviewers can use gerrymander to query gerrit for reviews and quickly get a list of comments filtering out comments by bots.

The Road To Paris 2014 – Deadlines and Resources

During the Paris Summit there will be a working session for the Women of OpenStack to frame up more defined goals and line out a blueprint for the group moving forward. We encourage all women in the community to complete this very short surveyto provide input for the group.

Reports from Previous Events

Tips ‘n Tricks

Security Advisories and Notices

Upcoming Events

Relevant Conversations

Other News

Got Answers?

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

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers and Core Reviewers

Louis Taylor wudx05
Puneet Arora Miguel Grinberg
Sandro Tosi Piet Delaney
Sam Betts Ilia Meerovich
Philippe Jeurissen Chirag Shahani
Amit Gandhi venkata anil
Takashi Sogabe Takashi Sogabe
Veena Saro Chandra Bhooshan
Juergen Brendel selvakumar
Jin Dong sandhya
Qijing Li Tarun Jain
Mathieu Losmede
Lakshminarayanan Krishnan

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

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Found the bad commit that messed up the gate

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Open Mic Spotlight: Rossella Sblendido

Rossella.OpenStackThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun.  If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Rossella is a software engineer at SUSE. She has studied in three countries (Italy, Germany and Spain) and holds a MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. She enjoys developing software, solving complex problems and learning new technologies. 

1. Finish the sentences. OpenStack is great for _______. OpenStack is bad for ______.

OpenStack is great for its community and challenging environment. OpenStack is bad for the amount of information I process every day.

2. Get creative – create an OpenStack haiku! 

It is virtual, 

But OpenStack is real too. 

Long live OpenStack! 

3. How would you explain this job to your grandmother?

Grandma, I don’t produce anything that you can touch. I am a kind of poet, but my words are not about my feelings or thoughts. My words talk to the computer and make it do what I want. I am a kind of computer tamer.

4. What does “open source” mean to you?

Open source means transparency and community. You can learn from other people’s code and you can give your opinion. You can fix bugs when you encounter them. There’s a community, you interact with people from all over the world and work for different companies to get things done.

5. How did you learn to code? Were you self-taught, or did you learn in college? On the job?

I had to learn some code in college, but I didn’t like it and I was not very good at it, to be honest. I started appreciating coding during my master thesis, which extended to the job, where I learned most of my skills.

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OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris

Laying down the building blocks for the new release

Laying down the building blocks for the new release

We’re doing it again, bigger: the OpenStack Foundation is delivering a training program to accelerate the speed at which new OpenStack developers are successful at integrating their own roadmap into that of the OpenStack project.  If you’re a new OpenStack contributor or plan on becoming one soon, you should sign up for the next OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. Participation is strongly advised also for first time participants to OpenStack Design Summit. We’re doing it again before the Paris Summit, as we did in Atlanta, only bigger.

With over 2000 developers from 80 different companies worldwide, OpenStack is one of the largest collaborative software-development projects. Because of its size, it is characterized by a huge diversity in social norms and technical conventions. These can significantly slow down the speed at which changes by newcomers are integrated in the OpenStack project.

OpenStack Foundation partnered with Upstream University to train new OpenStack developers and documentation writers to ensure their bug fix or feature is accepted in the OpenStack project in a minimum amount of time. Students are required to work on real-life bug fixes or new features during two days of real-life classes and online mentoring, until the work is accepted by OpenStack. The live two-day class teaches developers to navigate the intricacies of the project’s technical tools and social interactions. In followup sessions, the students benefit from individual online sessions to help them resolve any remaining problems they might have. Get all the details on the wiki.

Enrolment for the training session in Paris is open: register and reserve your seat for OpenStack Upstream Training in Paris, November 1-2. UPDATE: the event sold out but please register in the waiting list as we go through it and include people regularly we can’t accept more participants –We’ll have more opportunities at future summits.

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