Community Weekly Newsletter (April 15 – 22)

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].

Korea OpenStack User Group Technical Seminer






  • Data Tracking Graphs –
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 40 Active Reviews
    • 237 Active Branches – owned by 62 people & 13 teams
    • 1,754 commits by 72 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 0 Active Reviews
    • 54 Active Branches – owned by 21 people & 5 teams
    • 214 commits by 12 people in last month
  • OpenStack Image Registry (GLANCE) Data
    • 2 Active Reviews
    • 17 Active Branches – owned by 5 people & 3 teams
    • 96 commits by 9 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 397 total tweets; OpenStack 1,441 total tweets  (does not include RT)
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 294 Tracked Bugs; 77 New Bugs; 44 In-process Bugs; 0 Critical Bugs; 15 High Importance Bugs; 158 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  225 Blueprints; 2 Essential, 11 High, 12 Medium, 20 Low, 180 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  15,551 Visits, 38,438 Pageviews, 57.06% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 36.47%; /projects 11.77%; /projects/compute 18.08%; /projects/storage 11.90%; /projects/glance 6.08%



OpenStack Community Supports Japan Tsunami Relief Efforts

OpenStack is a global community, and contributors from Japan have been in our thoughts since the tragic earthquake and tsunami.  To show our support, at next week’s OpenStack Conference and Design Summit, we will be selling ‘OpenStack for Japan’ t-shirts benefiting the Red Cross.  The suggested minimum donation for a t-shirt is $25, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the charity organization. The limited-edition shirts were designed by popular cartoonist Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid).  Based on demand, we may also print and sell more shirts online after the event.

We look forward to the OpenStack community’s support in this effort next week in Santa Clara!


Announcing Project RedDwarf – Database as a Service

From Daniel Morris in the OpenStack developer mailing list comes a new incubation project announcement…

Today Rackspace is announcing the introduction of Database as a Service (Project RedDwarf) for a possible affiliated OpenStack incubation project.

To give you some background, Database as a Service is a scalable relational database service that allows users toquickly and easily utilize the features of a relational database without the burden of handling complex administrative tasks.   With this service, cloud users and database administrators can provision and manage multiple database instances as needed.

Initially, our plan is for the service to focus on providing resource isolation at high performance while automating complex administrative tasks including deployment, configuration, patching, backups, restores, and monitoring. Some of the key features for the first release are listed below:

  • Single tenant MySQL instance with unlimited databasesper instance
  • Public API’s to create, read, update, and delete databases and database users
  • User and database access management with root user access
  • Scale database instance memory sizes up and down
  • Scale up storage sizes
  • Database backups and restores
  • Instance migrations
  • Instance metrics and monitoring

This represents our current thinking for a first release, and we welcome feedback from the community on any suggested features.

While still in the early stages of development, the service is already tightly integrated with OpenStack Compute (Nova).  We chose Nova because the component-based architecture and open standards make it the perfect virtualization layer for our product platform.  The compute layer provides the reusable and deployable services needed to build an extensible service deployment foundation that will be used to deliver not only a MySQL database service, but also many other services in the future.

The initial architecture of this service is being designed around several technologies listed below

  • Open Stack Compute (Nova)
  • OpenVZ – OpenVZ is a container based virtualization technology that ensures guaranteed resource minimums and maximums delivering exceptional performance from a MySQL server, comparable to a bare metal box.
  • Guest Agent – The guest agent is the management interface to the container (VM). All operations originating from the Cloud Databases API use the guest to manipulate the container.

More details can be found on the blueprint and wiki, please take a look, get involved, and provide any comments or feedback you may have.  Also, join us during our session at the OpenStack Design Summit in Santa Clara April 26th – 29th to learn more about our approach, ask questions and become active in the project!  We are excited about working with the community as we continue to develop relational databases in the cloud.


Mark Collier on Facebook’s Open Compute

Mark Collier has a detailed blog post with plenty of videos on the recent Facebook announcement of Open Compute.  The complete post is here.

My favorite part…

Starting today, communities like Open Compute can combined forces with other open communities like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry to get real world data on how a given workload (say, serving up to 10M users or something less critical, like storing images from Mars) actually consumes power to find the waste and come up with innovative solutions across domains. To prove that collaboration is about action and not talk, Jesse Andrews, Jim Curry and myself approached the Facebook team after the event and said “hey! lend us some of these servers and we’ll take them to our office in San Francisco and have OpenStack running on them tonight!”. Something that might have taken months to arrange was now in motion in a matter of hours! A couple of videos of our secret plan in action:

Click over to Mark’s blog post to see OpenStack running on Open Compute hardware on launch day….


OpenStack Cactus Release Webinar – UPDATE

OpenStack Cactus Release Webinar
Thursday, April 21, 4:00 pm ET

The OpenStack Cactus webinar will cover new features implemented in the Cactus release of OpenStack.  Presenting these features will be the Project Technical Leads: Vish Ishaya for OpenStack Compute (Nova), John Dickinson for OpenStack Object Storage (Swift), and Jay Pipes for OpenStack Image Service (Glance).  Each Project Technical Lead will have 15 minutes to provide a quick overview of their respective technologies, what’s new in the Cactus release and expected contributions for the next Diablo release of OpenStack.  The last 15 minutes will be open for questions and further discussion.

Register here:


OpenStack Conference is OPEN EVENT – Overflow Policy and Process

Next week is the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit sponsored by Citrix in Santa Clara, CA at the Hyatt Regency. For those of you who have been following the registration saga, we originally planned a 350 attendee event based on the Fall event in San Antonio with 250 attendees; however demand for this event has been outstanding and we currently have 400 registrants with around 100 people on the waiting list. As an open community, we have searched for a mechanism that can allow us to have everyone who wants to attend be at the event while still managing to the hotel maximum. Thus, we have made some decisions on how the event can remain open to all interested parties while still managing to the budget and maximum size set by the hotel.

At this time, the OpenStack community is declaring the event open to any attendee wishing to be at the facility with several restrictions in place for attendees not currently registered for the event or on the current waiting list.


  • All attendees not registered or on the waiting list will need to register at the Welcome Desk with name, email, and organization. We need to track all people who are at the event; even those not registered. Unfortunately, we will not have any deliverables available to hand out to these registrants. You will be designated as an unregistered-attendee.
  • All food service including meals, snacks, and access to the developer lounge will be for registered attendees only WITH A BADGE; BADGES will be checked at all event functions
  • All “official” evening parties hosted during the OpenStack event are also for registered attendees only WITH A BADGE
  • All sessions are for registered attendees with a BADGE with any remaining slots in a room made available for an unregistered-attendee (see below for more information on this process)


  • All session rooms will be filled up by registered attendees with a badge
  • At the start of each session, all available seats will then be made available to unregistered-attendees so they can attend that session
  • Unregistered-attendees will go to a specific room at least 1 hour before any session to request access to a specific session by sitting in a specified location and waiting your turn. Once open seats are identified, people will be taken from that room based on their seating in the waiting room. We believe this method will allow as many unregistered-attendees as possible to attend various sessions

We appreciate the desire of many people to attend this event but are simply unable to accommodate the numbers currently planning to attend based on budget and space limitations. We hope this announced process still provides access to attendees wishing to take part but unable to register as we are sold out. I am a big believer in the benefit of the “hallway discussions” that occur during events and believe that opening up the event will encourage even more community members to share ideas with a variety of people leading to a more open and friendly community.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly or we can discuss further at the event next week.


OpenStack Developer Activity Weekly Review (April 9- 15)

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.


Developer Mailing List (archive:

This is select list of topics discussed this week in the developer mailing list and is not a complete list.  Please visit the archive to see all the topics.


  • Number of OpenStack Developers on Contributors List – 175 (+10 for week)
  • Final Cactus Release Status – Blueprints (
    • Essential – 5 Design Approved; 5 Implemented
    • High – 12 Blueprints; 9 Implemented – 3 Deferred
    • Medium – 20 Blueprints; 17 Implemented – 3 Deferred
    • Low – 15 Blueprints; 8 Implemented – 7 Deferred

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


Community Weekly Newsletter (April 9 – 15)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – April 15, 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].

Todd Willey – On Break from Documenting OpenStack






  • Data Tracking Graphs –
  • OpenStack Compute (NOVA) Data
    • 45 Active Reviews
    • 242 Active Branches – owned by 60 people & 13 teams
    • 1,947 commits by 69 people in last month
  • OpenStack Object Storage (SWIFT) Data
    • 11 Active Reviews
    • 62 Active Branches – owned by 23 people & 5 teams
    • 174 commits by 12 people in last month
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 156 total tweets; OpenStack 448 total tweets  (does not include RT)
  • Bugs Stats for Week: 343 Tracked Bugs; 66 New Bugs; 50 In-process Bugs; 1 Critical Bugs; 11 High Importance Bugs; 215 Bugs (Fix Committed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  195 Blueprints; 3 Essential, 11 High, 12 Medium, 20 Low, 149 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  12,164 Visits, 26,959 Pageviews, 57.43% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 43.85%; /projects 10.84%; /projects/compute 16.11%; /projects/storage 11.36%; /Community 7.21%