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From Dale LaBossiere <dlab...@apache.org>
Subject [REVIEW] Edgent IPMC status report
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:45:40 GMT
Hi all,

Please review the following status report ASAP so that I can submit it by Wed, Nov. 1.

I’ll fill in the one missing piece of info (#subscribers) shortly - when Will gets me that

Any other adjustments?

Regarding calling out the “Any issues…” item, I believe it’s factual
and appropriate to note it.  If others disagree, I can replace
it with the usual “No”, or change the text as suggested.

— Dale


Apache Edgent is a programming SDK and micro-kernel style runtime
that can be embedded in gateways and small footprint edge devices enabling
local, real-time, analytics on the continuous streams of data coming
from equipment, vehicles, systems, appliances, devices and sensors of
all kinds (for example, Raspberry Pis or smart phones). Working in
conjunction with centralized analytic systems, Apache Edgent provides
efficient and timely analytics across the whole IoT ecosystem: from the
center to the edge.

Edgent has been incubating since 2016-02-29.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

  1. Create and expand a diverse community of contributors and committers
     around the Edgent project.
  2. Attracting at least another independent committer/ppmc member.
  3. Finding further real world users of Edgent

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

  While two contributors are still quite active working on
  the conversion to maven and towards getting out the next release,
  there has been very little other community or dev list activity.

How has the community developed since the last report?

    * Will Marshall had a meetup in San Francisco on the 20th of September
      to demonstrate an Edgent video analytics application which was
      initially presented at ApacheCon 2017 (Video Analytics at the Edge:
      Fun with Apache Edgent, OpenCV and a Raspberry Pi).
    * Chris Dutz gave a presentation at Solutions Hamburg that
      included Apache Edgent.
    * There was one new non-committer enhancement/PR merged.
    * There was one JIRA from a new individual: asked & answered.
    * Chris Dutz stated that he’s beginning a project where he will be using Edgent
    * Total, we have #####(TBD - 70 last report) subscribers to our mailing list, an improvement
        of #####(TBD - 5 last report) since the last report.

How has the project developed since the last report?

  * Two contributors/committers have been very active overhauling the
    Edgent build system to Maven from Gradle on the features/maven
    branch. We are very close to merging and working on a release.
    Maven provides benefits over Gradle, including a more rigid build
    structure, the Maven package system, and ASF release process integration.
    The work includes a variety of other cleanup / usability items,
    such as how we distribute Edgent samples and how users build them.
  * According to JIRA, 6 new issues were added to the project and
    2 issues have been resolved or closed between August 2017 and October 2017.
    11 issues are in progress as part of PR-309 (the maven work).

How would you assess the podling's maturity?
Edgent is making slow but consistent progress towards graduation. While we
don't yet meet the diversity requirements, we put emphasis on community
growth through outreach which will ultimately pave the way for additional
committers and contributors.

Additionally, before we graduate it is important that we find users
outside of IBM. As most Edgent committers are employed by IBM, external
stakeholders help ensure long term contribution to the project.

  [ ] Initial setup
  [ ] Working towards first release
  [X] Community building
  [ ] Nearing graduation
  [ ] Other:

Date of last release:


When were the last committers or PPMC members elected?

  In August 2017, we added Christofer Dutz as a new committer
  and PPMC member.


  [ ](edgent) Daniel Debrunner
  [ ](edgent) Luciano Resende
  [ ](edgent) John Ament
  [ ](edgent) Justin Mclean

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