OpenStack Developer Activity Review

Many people have asked for more insight into the developer activities for OpenStack as the large number of code changes and proposals make it difficult to monitor everything happening. In hopes of exposing more of the developer activities, I plan to post a weekly or biweekly blog post on the latest development activities. If you have any ideas for this blog post, please email me at [email protected]. I am always ready to listen to the community for new ideas.

Activities

Developer Mailing List (archive: https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/)

  • Feature Freeze Branches Needing Review – Thierry presented a list of branches needing review in priority order by project at https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg00269.html.  Nova had 14 branches for review; Glance had 1 branch; Swift had 1 branch. A discussion about the process to review branches by developers across projects is planned to find a better way to reduce the high number of un-reviewed branches in Nova for future releases.
  • Lazy Import of Modules – Ewan Mellor opened an issue about creating a standard methodology for loading modules on demand to eliminate unnecessary dependencies for un-needed modules. Responses from Jay Pipes, Vishvananda Ishaya, Devin Carlen, and Andy Smith discussed several solutions but it appears that the idea from Andy Smith will move forward at this time (see https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg00281.html)
  • Nova Translators – Jay Pipes announced that Monty Taylor and himself have completed the support for i18n in Nova and language translation has begun for NOVA into Austrian, Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Ukranian. If you are interested in assisting with another language please go to https://translations.launchpad.net/nova/trunk/+pots/nova.
    • Other Languages underway include Brazilian Portuguese

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For the latest on development activities on OpenStack please check these sites for more details:

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (January 7 – 14)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – January 14, 2011

This 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 email [email protected].

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (1/7– 1/13)

  • Data Tracking Graphs – http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 10 Active Reviews
    • 101 Active Branches – owned by  32 people &  6 teams
    • 1,118 commits by 60 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 2 Active Reviews
    • 36 Active Branches – owned by  19 people & 2 teams
    • 181 commits by  12 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 77 tweets; 48 re-tweets; all OpenStack total tweets 542
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  225 Tracked Bugs; 50 New Bugs; 15 In-process Bugs; 7 Critical Bugs; 27 High Importance Bugs; 85 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week: 125 Blueprints; 1 Essential, 6 High, 14 Medium, 13 Low, 91 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  11,076 Visits, 24,838 Pageviews, 70.31% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 43.27%; /projects 12.02%; /projects/compute 18.29%; /projects/storage 12.71; /Community 5,40%

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OpenStack Conference/Design Summit Program Committee

I am pleased to announce the formation of the OpenStack Conference/Design Summit Program Committee who will work as a group to create the event agenda as well as overall conference theme. The following community members have volunteered their time:

  • Glen Campbell, Rackspace
  • Ram Durairaj, Cisco
  • David Holland
  • Jaesuk Ahn, Korea Telecom
  • Andrew Shafer, CloudScaling
  • Thierry Carrez, OpenStack Release Manager
  • Stephen Spector, OpenStack Community Manager

As the event is for the entire community, all community members are encouraged to participate with this group of volunteers in providing feedback and ideas for the agenda and theme. To monitor all event planning please watch this Wiki page (http://wiki.openstack.org/Summit/Spring2011) as well as the following three EtherPads:

I am also announcing that we have signed the contract with the Hyatt Santa Clara hotel for the event from April 26-29, 2011 and have obtained a discounted room rate for attendees with a room block. Please plan on staying at the hotel during the event as we will have a 24 hour lounge available for attendees to meet and work together as well as plenty of time for community members to hang out. If you are budget minded, we can also setup a room sharing program to ensure attendees can take part in this 24/7 event.

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OpenStack Developer Activity Weekly Review

Many people have asked for more insight into the developer activities for OpenStack as the large number of code changes and proposals make it difficult to monitor everything happening. In hopes of exposing more of the developer activities, I plan to post a weekly or biweekly blog post on the latest development activities. If you have any ideas for this blog post, please email me at [email protected]. I am always ready to listen to the community for new ideas.

Activitites

  • Branch Merge Proposal Freeze (January 6, 2011) – Only impacts branches introducing new features or changes in expected behavior; not branches fixing bugs. To submit a new feature you must follow the exception process found at http://wiki.openstack.org/BranchMergeProposalFreeze
  • Feature Freeze for Bexar scheduled for January 13th

Developer Mailing List (archive: https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/)

  • BZR Plugin – Josh Kearney has created a plugin (https://github.com/jk0/bzr-pre-commit-hook) to ensure that PEP8 and unit tests are run automatically when submitting code
  • OpenStack Programming Model Framework – John Purrier has proposed (https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg00225.html)  a model where developers will  interact with the OpenStack services will not interact directly with the service API’s, but rather will have a set of published language bindings that define the programming model. This does not preclude direct service calls, but this will be discouraged in favor of using the bindings. The bindings will be considered the “Nova API” for all intents and purposes. Further discussion on this issue led to the community not being in favor of the idea of only using language bindings for developers as there is no guarantee that a specific language binding would be available for a specific release.
  • OpenStack API Discussion – John Purrier has posted (https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg00181.html) some comments on the OpenStack API discussing availability for Bexar and/0r Cactus release which also prompted the community focus on what the internal APIs are for OpenStack developers and what the external APIs are for  ecosystem developers to leverage. The current naming is devAPI for internal OpenStack development and OpenStack API for people creating solutions around OpenStack. Please note, naming of the internal devAPI is subject to change. Further details on OpenStack API for Bexar can be found at https://blueprints.launchpad.net/nova/+spec/openstack-api-parity.

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (January 1 – 7)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – January 7, 2011

This 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 email [email protected].

Join OpenStack at New York City Meetup Next Week (image worldwideluxuryfamilytravel.com)

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (1/1– 1/6)

  • Data Tracking Graphs – http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 20 Active Reviews
    • 108 Active Branches – owned by 36 people & 8 teams
    • 909 commits by 51 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 8 Active Reviews
    • 46 Active Branches – owned by 21 people & 2 teams
    • 119 commits by 12 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 42 tweets; 67 re-tweets; all OpenStack total tweets 516
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  180 Tracked Bugs; 43 New Bugs; 11 In-process Bugs; 4 Critical Bugs; 21 High Importance Bugs; 76 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  141 Blueprints; 1 Essential, 12 High, 18 Medium, 16 Low, 94 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  6,630 Visits, 21,693 Pageviews, 61.18% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 29.05%; /projects 6.67%; /projects/compute 11.99%; /projects/storage 6.51%; /Community 3.72%

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Q4 2010 OpenStack Community Snapshot

As the OpenStack community moves into 2011, I feel it is important to take a snapshot of the community at this moment in time to better help us gauge our growth and success in 2011. Listed below are some important values that I track regularly for future comparison.

End of Q4 Data

Number of registered developers 95
Number of entities in a formal relationship 42
Number of technology releases 1 (Austin)
Number of attendees at Design Summit 250 (San Antonio, TX)
Number of members Facebook OpenStack group 195
Number of members LinkedIn OpenStack group 213
Number of members Ohloh Swift group 22
Number of members Ohloh Nova group 47
Number of members announce mailing list 1052

Q4 Totals Data

Number of visitors to OpenStack.org website 97,260
Number of pageviews to OpenStack.org website 279,750
Number of #openstack tweets 1,439
Number of #openstack re-tweets 1,245

I am also tracking several data points (bugs, blueprints, etc) that I publish in the OpenStack Wiki at http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter.  If you are interested in having me track additional data, please contact me directly and I will add that item to my weekly tracking.

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OpenStack Meetup in New York City Next Week

The first OpenStack Meetup event in New York City is coming up next Wednesday; sponsored by AppFirst. It will be held on January 12th, 2011 @Dogpatch Lab (36 East 12th Street). Our guest speaker will be George Vanecek, PhD, he is a principal architect at Huawei’s US Innovation Center R&D where his team is currently designing a carrier-grade eBento Cloud Platform including VoIP extensions and supporting capabilities for M2M and SMB SaaS solutions.

Huawei is a leader in the telecom market, innovating to provide robust, scalable IaaS and PaaS services to their customers. When looking around the market Dr. Vanecek and his team considered building everything from scratch and adopting commercial technologies. Their decision ended up being to adopt OpenStack.

In this open discussion Dr. Vanecek will share what led him and his team to decide on OpenStack and some of the technical concerns he wrestled with. Dr. Vanecek has extensive experience in designing and building software systems, applications, and service platforms working as a solutions architect at Cordys, a chief scientist at AT&T Internet Platforms Organization, founder and lead developer at several software startups, and an assistant professor at the computer science department at Purdue University.

To RSVP, please go to: http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-New-York-Meetup/calendar/15634525/. And don’t forget to forward this event to anyone who might be interested.

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (December 24 – 31)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – December 31, 2010

This 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 email [email protected].

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (12/24– 12/30)

  • Data Tracking Graphs – http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 21 Active Reviews
    • 106 Active Branches – owned by 37 people & 8 teams
    • 805 commits by 47 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 5 Active Reviews
    • 41 Active Branches – owned by 21 people & 2 teams
    • 127 commits by 12 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 17 tweets; 33 re-tweets; all OpenStack total tweets 106
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  168 Tracked Bugs; 41 New Bugs; 8 In-process Bugs; 3 Critical Bugs; 20 High Importance Bugs; 74 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  142 Blueprints; 1 Essential, 12 High, 20 Medium, 14 Low, 95 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  4,708 Visits, 14,802 Pageviews, 56.22% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 29.79%; /projects 6.43%; /projects/compute 9.31%; /projects/storage 7.31%; /NovaInstall 4.08%

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Coming up in OpenStack Bexar release

(This article is an updated version of a post originally posted here).

OpenStack is busy with so much development activity it’s hard to keep up.  42 (!) specs were targeted for the 3-month long Bexar development cycle… and there are more than 150 active branches. Over December alone, we saw more than 900 commits by 60 different people ! Taking a step back, what new features should you expect to land on February 3rd, in the Bexar release ?

Swift (OpenStack object storage)

The big news in Swift is support for unlimited object size, through the implementation of client-side chunking. The only size limit for your objects is now the available size in your Swift cluster ! You can read more about that exciting feature in John Dickinson’s blog post. We also hope to ship Swauth, DevAuth highly scalable replacement, directly into Swift codebase. Exposure of most of the S3 API in Swift may or may not make it.

Glance (OpenStack image registry and delivery service)

The Glance image service will expose a unified REST API (no more distinction between the image registry and the image delivery services). We will also have the possibility to upload image data and metadata over one single call. Unified client classes will be shipped directly in Glance. We also hope to have a S3 backend

Nova (OpenStack compute)

There is so much coming up in Nova it’s hard to summarize. Nova will make use of those new Glance client classes, obviously. We will support booting VMs from raw disk images (rather than a kernel/ramdisk/image combination) and have a rescue mode to mount your faulty disks under a sane environment. We plan to have instance snapshots ready. API servers can now expose optional admin features (through the –allow_admin_api flag), like a specific XenServer instance pause or suspend feature.

Lots of improvements might go unnoticed, like the internationalization of messages, the standardization on services using eventlet, more robust logging, or the move of the IP allocation down the stack. We’ll also finalize some incomplete features, like access to your project VLAN through a VPNsecurity groups that work in all network modes, and we hope to finally ship Hyper-V support.

We hope to have much more: a web-based serial console to access your VMs, ipv6 support, the possibility to deploy hardware in a staging area of your cloud, support for highly available block volumes through Sheepdog, instance diagnostics allowing to retrieve a history of actions on instances, the possibility to do live migration in nova-manage, iSCSI support for XenAPI… But let’s be realistic, not everything will land in time. What doesn’t make it will certainly be in the next release, Cactus, which will be released in April !

Congrats to our awesome development team for making all this possible. Those last two months have been a very fun ride for me 🙂

OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (December 17 – 24)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – December 24, 2010

This 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 email [email protected].

Updated OpenStack.org Event Website (http://openstack.org/events)

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (12/17– 12/23)

  • Data Tracking Graphs – http://wiki.openstack.org/WeeklyNewsletter
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 12 Active Reviews
    • 99 Active Branches – owned by 37 people & 8 teams
    • 689 commits by 43 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 4 Active Reviews
    • 42 Active Branches – owned by 20 people & 2 teams
    • 168 commits by 13 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 49 tweets; 51 re-tweets; all OpenStack total tweets 200
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  153 Tracked Bugs; 39 New Bugs; 12 In-process Bugs; 3 Critical Bugs; 20 High Importance Bugs; 66 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  140 Blueprints; 1 Essential, 14 High, 21 Medium, 13 Low, 91 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  6,617 Visits, 21,613 Pageviews, 53.20% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 30.01%; /projects 6.66%; /projects/compute 10.11%; /projects/storage 6.69%; /NovaInstall 4.01%

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