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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (June 13 – 20)

June 20th, 2014 — 4:57pm

Summer Speaking Sessions and Call for Papers

Summer is in full swing and there are some great industry events coming up on the OpenStack Marketing calendar, as well as Call for Proposals deadlines!

Marconi to AMQP: See you later

In the last couple of weeks, Marconi’s team has been doing lots of research around AMQP and the possibility of supporting traditional queuing systems. Flavio Percoco, believed with others that this capability would be useful. However, after digging more into what’s needed and what supporting traditional brokers means for Marconi, the community changed its mind and now believes supporting such systems doesn’t make much sense anymore. This post explains why.

Tracking multiple OpenStack projects using StoryBoard

StoryBoard is a new task tracking system which is aimed at the systems where projects are closely related, and OpenStack is definitely a good example of that. In inter-related systems like OpenStack, a feature or a bug usually affects more than one project, so it should be tracked simultaneously across those projects. The proof-of-concept was presented in the Havana release cycle by OpenStack release manager Thierry Carrez, and active development started during the Icehouse development cycle. The project is now driven by three major contributor companies: the OpenStack Foundation, Mirantis, and HP.

Breaking news:OpenStack Object Storage ‘Storage policies’ merge today

The series of patches that will eventually lead to Swift 2.0 merged today. Many Swift contributors have been working on storage policies for quite some time now. It’s a huge feature and improvement to Swift that enables a ton of new use cases. Storage policies allow deployers to configure multiple object rings and expose them to end users on a per-container basis. Deployers can create policies based on hardware performance, regions, or other criteria and independently choose different replication factors on them. A policy is set on a Swift container at container creation time and cannot be changed. Full docs and more details about the roadmap in this message by John Dickinson.

Security Advisories and Notices

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

peng fei wang Renjie Sun
Doug Wiegley Vishal kumar mahajan
Stephen Jahl Nikunj Aggarwal
joanne Lennart Regebro
Richard Hagarty João Cravo
Flavio Fernandes Anna Eilering
yingjun Vivek Jain
Tom Cammann Susanne Balle
Julie Gravel Stephen Balukoff
Rikimaru Honjo Shayne Burgess
Diana Whitten Nathan Manville
Max Grishkin
German Eichberger
Dustin Lundquist
Doug Wiegley
Yi Sun
Przemyslaw Czesnowicz
Ying Zuo
Julie Gravel
Jorge Chai
Bradley Klein

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 I see the OpenStack newsletter in my mailbox

The weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please leave a comment.

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Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

April 1st, 2014 — 11:10am

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! You may remember before last November’s Summit in Hong Kong, we helped the User Committee run a survey to aggregate OpenStack deployments and share the results.

Hong Kong Survey Results

The survey received nearly twice as many answers as the previous round (822 compared to 414) and 387 deployments compared to 187.

The first User Survey in Spring 2013 provided great insight to the types of deployments and technology decisions made by the OpenStack community. We were able to catalogue 230 unique deployments – you can see the results presented by the User Committee at the last Spring Summit. Another huge benefit was the ability to uncover new users willing to talk about their OpenStack deployments, which can be found here: http://www.openstack.org/user-stories.

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you already completed the survey last year, there’s no need to start from scratch. You simply need to log back in to update your Deployment Profile, as well as take the opportunity to provide any additional input.


All the information provided is confidential and will only be presented in aggregate unless the user consents to making it public. Aggregate responses will be shared with the OpenStack Board, Technical Committee and community at large to help shape the roadmap and share useful information regarding operational decisions.

You can also help us by promoting the survey so we can secure as much participation as possible, for example by retweeting the OpenStack handle: @OpenStack

Remember, you can hear directly from users and see the aggregate survey findings by attending the next OpenStack Summit, May 12-16, in Atlanta.

Thank you for your support!


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OpenStack selected as mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014

February 26th, 2014 — 12:51pm

OpenStack has been selected to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014. Thanks to the hard work of many contributors we could join GSoC for the first time.

For those who haven’t heard about it, GSoC is a full-time internship supported by Google that offers students worldwide a stipend to start contributing with coding tasks to an open source organization. This is a great experience for both parts, as it generates a flow of new people with fresh ideas in the organization and allows students to learn and taste how is to work on a real world software development environment.

Even though we have already been selected for it, we are still looking for more project ideas and mentors.

Call for ideas

For this round many developers voluntarily offered to mentor a student in different projects, including OpenStack Scheduler (Gantt), OpenStack Monitoring and Telemetry (Ceilometer), OpenStack Message Queuing Service (Marconi), OpenStack Incubator (Oslo) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron), and proposed several ideas for students to take. Check out the wiki for a complete list of currently proposed ideas.

Is it not mandatory that students stick to these ideas, they can propose their own coding tasks. If you are willing to mentor a student and you have an idea to propose, please feel free to add it to the ideas list in the wiki.

Call for mentors

It’s not late to apply as a mentor! Mentoring is an enriching experience that won’t take you too much time. Learn more about how is to be a mentor in Google’s GSoC Mentoring manual. If you are interested in mentoring, please add your name to the mentors list in the wiki.

Call for students

Students applications start next March 10th and ends on March 21st. By that time, students have to get in touch with the community, select a project, submit a proposal (which may be based on a suggested idea or on a personal idea) and include all the neccesary documentation.

More details about how is to be a GSoC student are described in the Google’s GSoC Students manual.

Currently future applicants are adding their names and contact information in the wiki, so if you want to apply to be an student go ahead and add yourself to this list and get in touch with the community.

Join OpenStack GSoC on IRC

If you want more details about OpenStack’s participation in GSoC, please join us at irc.freenode.org in #openstack-gsoc. It would be great to hear from you!

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It’s Summer Internship Time in the Southern Hemisphere!

December 12th, 2013 — 9:09am

After a brisk walk in Austin Texas in mid-30 degree Fahrenheit weather, I welcome the idea that it’s summertime somewhere. Since it’s summertime in the southern hemisphere, we can now announce our next round of Outreach Program for Women internships!

I’m excited that we have four interns and four mentors this time around. Many thanks to HP, the OpenStack Foundation, and Rackspace for funding our four. HP also stepped in this round and made it possible for more of the nine participating organizations to select interns, including OpenStack. Plus, RedHat developers are mentoring our interns. I asked each intern, what do you see when you look above your screen?

Annapoornima Koppad is known as akoppad on IRC. She lives in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She’ll be working on surfacing the instance actions in the OpenStack dashboard through the Horizon project with our second-time mentor, Julie Pichon. Anna says, “It’s a wintry December in Bangalore, India. There is a gloomy, cold, and yet pleasant atmosphere. There is a small window in front of me, and I think it’s most likely to rain after sometime. I see my neighbours are scurrying up to renovate their house. I sip up my warm tea, and I have some books on my right shelf.”

Sayali Lunkad will be working on adding sparklines to the Dashboard, mentored by Ladislav Smola. Sayali goes by sayalilunkad on IRC and is located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sayali says, “I read this mail just as I woke up. I am in my room from where I see the sun up in the sky and parrots and crows in my terrace garden which is connected to my room. It is a pleasant morning, hope everyone has a good day!”

In Dallas Texas we find Cindy Pallares-Quezada (cpallares on IRC) She’ll be working on the Queues API Spec for the Marconi project with Flavio Percoco. Cindy says, “As for what’s above my screen, I see my window. Outside my window there’s lots of leafless branches that belong to a big tree (I’m on the second floor of a two story building). The branches are all covered in melting ice. Past the trees there’s a street and a lawn that’s full of lots of fallen trees and is covered in yellow, orange, and green leaves.”

Miranda Zhang (MirandaZhang on IRC) is in Canberra, Australia and will work with Diane Fleming to enhance the API Complete Reference pages and create a comprehensive OpenStack API Guide. She was kind enough to send pictures of her workstation. Miranda says, “Unfortunately, I’m in a room with no window (otherwise I may be able to tell you about the cuddly rabbits running around the campus, it’s hot sunny summer in Australia now), and above the computer screen I’m looking at, there are just walls, so I look around my workstation, they say a picture is worth a thousand words:”

While the interns are super important, I have to emphasize how much we should appreciate the mentoring and project identification work that goes into this program. Our mentors are extremely valuable to OpenStack as are the ideas for 3-month projects. Thanks to everyone who worked together to get these ideas ready and thanks in advance to the mentors and interns who make this project so worthwhile.

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OpenStack Community Pavilion at Gartner Data Center Conference

December 6th, 2013 — 4:58pm

The Gartner Data Center Conference is coming up December 9-12 in Las Vegas, and OpenStack is proud to be a sponsor alongside 35+ companies from the OpenStack ecosystem.

We are excited to host the OpenStack Community Pavilion, showcasing OpenStack solutions and services from Cloud Cruiser, Mirantis, Nebula, Puppet Labs, Rackspace, SaltStack, Scalr, and SolidFire. You can visit these OpenStack providers, in addition to Foundation executives and staff, in booth #408 in the Venetian Resort’s Sands Expo Convention Center.

You can also speak with the 25+ additional OpenStack community exhibitors and presenters who will be at the conference. We’ll be providing a ‘community map’ showing the locations of all participating companies on the show floor.

If you are planning to be in Las Vegas for the event and have questions about OpenStack, please stop by the booth #408 or contact [email protected] to set up a meeting.

You can also visit an OpenStack user group near you; find a convenient one at https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OpenStackUsersGroup.

openstack event


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The Hong Kong Summit: Why I’m Excited

October 31st, 2013 — 12:06pm


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 below!


Terri Yu, @terrimyu


1) Why are you excited for the Hong Kong Summit?

How can I not be excited, it’s my first software developer conference!! I just finished my Outreach Program for Women internship. I’ve never been to Hong Kong and my mom is from that area, so I get to visit lots of family & friends that I normally don’t get to see. Plus, I need an OpenStack t-shirt for my collection.  My utmost gratitude goes to the OpenStack Travel Fund for making all of this possible!

2) Which sessions are you not going to miss?

“Ceilometer+Heat=Alarming” and “Deploying and Training on OpenStack at MIT: Helping to Accelerate World-Class Research.” My internship mentor, Julien Danjou, is one of the speakers for the former, but I’m an MIT alum and have done a lot of scientific research in the past. So let’s call it a tie.

3) How will people recognize you at the Summit?

I’ll be carrying a thermos filled with yerba mate tea and wearing a black Patagonia fleece jacket over a nerdy or hockey t-shirt. I don’t have any OpenStack t-shirts yet, but some t-shirts I plan to bring: dog ate my homework, Museum of Mathematics, San Jose Sharks Hockey, “Eat More Kale”. I may wear my Québec Remparts hockey jersey at parties.


Raghavan ‘Rags’ Srinivas, @ragss


1) Why are you excited for the Summit?

I think the summit has turned the corner. It seems more oriented towards using the stack not just developing it.

2) Which sessions are you most looking forward to?

The keynotes. And I’m naturally biased towards my talks: http://sched.co/1fzTrfq and http://sched.co/14Fd94P.

3) How will someone recognize you at the Summit?

My Indiana Jones hat.


Sven Michels, @geektoor


1) What’s getting you excited about the Summit?

OpenStack is an amazing piece of software. Being part of a summit like this is also a guarantee to meet amazing people. It’s also my first trip that far away, so it’s a double excitement :-)

2) Are you looking forward to any particular sessions?

No special session, I want to get inspired by the summit itself to pick the right ones. Main interest is security and availability.

3) How will people recognize you at the Summit?

Easy to notice me by my wheelchair and of course a tablet (and some USB power. In case someone runs out of power, just ask).


Brent Doncaster, @Brent_BWD







1) Tell us why you’re excited about the Summit in Hong Kong.

It’s Hong Kong! Haven’t been back since ’89!. And it’s my first OpenStack Summit!

2) Which sessions are you looking forward to? Why?

Dell and InkTank Ceph – cuz its cool! 

2) What 3 things will you not be seen without?

Video camera, Dell log shirt, and a smile!


Flavio Percoco, @flaper87


1) Tell us why you’re excited for the OpenStack Summit?

Basically everything. I’m definitely most exited by the fact that it’ll be Marconi’s first summit!!!!!

2) Which sessions are you most looking forward to?

All Marconi, Oslo and Glance sessions, because those are the projects I’ve been working on in the last year. I’m also looking forward to some of the Release Management sessions, I see a lot of value in those for the whole project.

3) How will someone recognize you at the Summit? What 3 things will you not be seen without?

Huge smile, lot of excitement, rainbow sandals, shorts and I’ll be moving my hands Italian style. :D

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How to Use Ask OpenStack

September 23rd, 2013 — 5:41pm

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.

We have collected some suggestions to use for those that ask questions and those that answer in our wiki. The sum of it is:

If you’ve used Ask OpenStack to ask questions or to give answers, please let us know what you think and how you would see it improved in the comments below.


Remember to vote good questions and answers on Ask OpenStack!

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OpenStack at EuroPython 2013 among Reinassance masterpieces

June 10th, 2013 — 5:39pm

If you ever wanted the chance to learn about OpenStack and see the masterpieces by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Ghiberti and so many others your best chance is to join us at Europython 2013. Hosted in Firenze July 1-7, Europython 2013 will see a massive OpenStack-related presence, including one half day training session to get started. The OpenStack Foundation will have a booth there and most likely a Help Desk session, where people interested can reserve time to talk to OpenStack experts in real life, under the Tuscan sun.

The OpenStack tracks are concentrated on Tuesday morning and the training session in the afternoon. The complete schedule for the Help Desk session will be announced later.

If you don’t have your ticket yet, please hurry up and get one register. If you think you can help, please yourself to the list of volunteers for the event.

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3rd Swiss OpenStack User Group Meetup

April 25th, 2013 — 2:11pm

Following on from our 2nd meeting, the Swiss OpenStack user group met on 24th of April at the University of Bern.It was an excellent event with many attention grabbing presentations! A big thanks goes out to the sponsors:


Once we kicked off, there were five presentations, 3 which were more detailed and 2 that were more lightning talks in nature. The presentations in there running order were:


There are other upcoming Swiss events that will include much talk of OpenStack. Of note are:

Also the Swiss Informatics Society have started a cloud computing special interest group, where all folk active in cloud are welcomed to join. More details can be found at their site.

Swiss OpenStack User Group Channels

 Original post: ICCLab

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Introducing the OpenStack Activity Board

April 11th, 2013 — 2:15pm

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.

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