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Individual Member Profile

Chris Dent

Date Joined
May 20, 2014

VMware From 2017-07-05 (Current)
Mirantis From 2015-12-01 To 2017-06-16
Red Hat, Inc. From 2014-05-15 To 2015-11-13
Statement of Interest

Improving the quality of OpenStack for individual users and developers.




Chris has been working with and developing various forms of distributed systems for around 25 years. When he landed in the world of OpenStack, Chris started with the Telemetry project and has since moved into improving the scheduler in Nova and helping to create the new Placement service. Chris is primarily interested in the ways groups of people use networked technology to collaborate, exploring the problem space of information sharing and reuse. He hopes to help make himself and everyone else less dumb. He is a member of the Technical Committee, a core reviewer in the API working group, and is the author of Gabbi, an HTTP testing tool, and a large suite of diverse experiments for enhancing asynchronous collaboration on the internet. In OpenStack, Chris is striving to bring about some semblance of maturity, composability and accessibility to the services while also increasing the degree of communication and transparency among the many people and organizations involved with OpenStack.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Compute Service (Nova)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
Vancouver, BC
  • Forum 101
  • Building the path to extracting Placement from Nova
  • Planning to use Placement in Cinder
  • Official projects and the boundary of "what is OpenStack"
  • API SIG feedback and discussion session
  • API Working Group Update and BOF
Barcelona, Spain
  • API Working Group Meetup
  • API Working Group Mitaka Cycle Roundup

Speaker Profile:


Chris is a candidate in the January 2018 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?


I have been a technical contributor to OpenStack since early 2014, employed in roles where my primary focus was to work "upstream", first on the Telemetry (ceilometer) project and then Compute (nova). I help lead the API-SIG. I'm a member of the Technical Committee with a term that expires in April of 2018. In the last year, I have been instrumental in building a culture of increased communication and information sharing with weekly updates on the development of the Placement service and the activities of the Technical Committee. As the OpenStack community diversifies and expands, clear communication will be a huge factor in its continued success.


Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


If elected this would be my first role as a board member of a non-profit foundation. However, In 2002 I co-founded Blue Oxen Associates, a research non-profit exploring the interaction of open source practices with the high-performance collaboration techniques espoused by Doug Engelbart. Both the research and community interaction from then remains relevant to this day.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


OpenStack's relationship with its members -- corporate and individual, and with other communities is undergoing change. The Board has a critical role in encouraging continued attention from existing corporate contributors while building bridges to other communities. The recent drive to focus on the integration of multiple cloud technologies is a good step that will help ensure future flexibility and stability.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be over the next year?


There are many things that should have the Board's focus. Choosing a top priority is impossible without reasoned review of those many things. For myself, an important priority is to provide active representation of the technical and development community to the Board and to reflect the activity of the Board back to those community members. In a time when we have renewed focus on inclusion, diversity, part-time and casual contribution, developer satisfaction, and changing corporate engagement we must be realistic about the challenges faced by individual contributors to OpenStack.

Chris has already been nominated by:

  • Mark Voelker
  • Sean McGinnis
  • Julien Danjou
  • Emilien Macchi
  • Mehdi Abaakouk
  • Dean Troyer
  • Monty Taylor
  • Joshua Harlow
  • gordon chung
  • ChangBo Guo