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From Will Stevens <williamstev...@gmail.com>
Subject 4.9 Release Management
Date Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:14:30 GMT
Hello Everyone,
I have mentioned this in other related threads, but I wanted to make an
official thread on the topic.

I am nominating myself as the release manager for 4.9.  Please feel free to
discuss if you have comments or concerns.

I will not be working alone, I will be assisted by Koushik Das and Patrick
Dube.  I will be running point, but all three of us will be working
together as a unit for this release.

Our main focus for this release is the integration of hardware Continuous
Integration (CI) into the PR flow.  Koushik and his team will be setting up
a CI environment which will be used for testing PRs and I will also be
setting up a CI environment for testing PRs.

The details of the CI integration will be handled publicly, but we will
likely have to work with a minimum viable implementation initially and move
forward from there.  Here are some of the key aspects of the CI which are
top of mind for me.

- Standardize a feedback mechanism to post the result of CI runs back to
the relevant PR.  I believe the best way to do this would be to post a
summary of the CI run in the PR thread on Github.  With the existing
integration, this will then get pushed to the mailing list (since all
comments on a PR are pushed to the mailing list).
- Ideally, we will also make the CI logs available for the run.  We are
still working out the details of how we do this, but we will likely be
pushing the logs to an object store with a cleanup window to remove the
logs after a set period of time (probably a week).  This should give people
the opportunity to pull the logs if they are interested in the test
results, but will reduce the need for ever growing storage.
- In order to parallelize the CI operations, we will not be automatically
kicking off a CI run for every PR for now.  Instead, we will communicate
between us and each run distinct PRs so we can maximize the utilization of
our hardware.

Some longer term goals of the CI in my mind are as follows:

- I would like the core CI framework to be easily distributed and
accessible to anyone who has hardware available.  This would enable anyone
to setup a CI on their hardware and it would automatically be hooked up to
feedback the results to the Github PRs.  I feel this is very important long
term because every individual or organization depends on a different
configuration and hardware setup, so it empowers them to validate their own
use case while adding value back to the community.

Additional details will follow, namely the release schedule etc.

Please contribute your ideas and feedback.

Cheers,

Will

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