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From Rick McGuire <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] ASF hosted machines for TCK Proposal
Date Tue, 20 May 2008 12:29:20 GMT

Joe Bohn wrote:
> If we are to take this proposal forward to the ASF Infrastructure 
> team, they want assurance that the Geronimo PMC is behind the 
> recommendation and  supports the intended use of the systems. I think 
> it also bodes well to demonstrate that the entire Geronimo community 
> stands behind the proposal, particularly since we will administer the 
> machines ourselves,  - so I encourage all to vote.
> [ ] +1 I agree with the need and support the proposal. Present it to 
> the ASF Infrastructure team.
> [ ] 0 No opinion
> [ ] -1 I don't see the need or disagree with the proposal. Do not 
> present this proposal to the ASF Infrastructure team.
> I'll plan on calling this vote on Friday (5/23) morning (9 AM EST).
> Rationale:
> The Apache Geronimo community has a need to support the execution and 
> sharing of results from Sun certification tests (cts) which are 
> necessary gain JavaEE5 certification compliance.  This information is 
> only available to those Geronimo committers that have signed the Sun 
> NDA and other Apache committers that have signed an NDA and gained 
> approval of the Apache Geronimo PMC.  This has allowed other Apache 
> projects to test new products/releases by running JavaEE 5 TCK tests 
> using the Apache Geronimo test infrastructure.
> In the past these resource intensive tests have been run on private 
> machines by individuals.  As more people become involved with Apache 
> Geronimo and related projects, it is becoming obvious that we need a 
> central system to run and share the results of these tests.  A 
> centralized testing environment allows the Geronimo community to more 
> fully participate in the TCK process. Some committers don't have 
> access to the hardware resources needed to run the Java EE TCK tests 
> in a timely manner. Although some ad-hoc sharing of private machines 
> has occurred, this is not ideal from a community perspective. 
> Community controlled systems allow us to equitably share these resources.
> Request:
> To fulfill this requirement, the Apache Geronimo PMC is requesting the 
> ASF infrastructure team to provide and host machines that can be used 
> for this purpose.  Initially, we would like to request two (2) 
> machines that meet (as closely as possible) the specification below.  
> However, we can see the need for 2 additional machines in the not too 
> distant future.
> Machine specs:
> - 8 core (two 3.0 GHz quad-core)
> - 16 GB memory
> - two 750GB 7200 - rpm SATA 3GB/s disks
> - DVD R/W (20x?)
> - rack mountable specification to work with ASF infra requirements
> - LOM or other features as necessary for ASF infra support
> - to be developer managed and maintained by the Apache Geronimo Team
>   - Apache Geronimo would assume all responsibility for:
>      - configuration
>      - backup/recovery
>      - secure access
>         - Strictly limited to those Apache Geronimo committers with 
> NDAs on file or additional Apache committers with NDAs and approved by 
> Geronimo PMC.
>   - full, admin access would be granted to ASF infra with reboot 
> directions
>   - At least 2 active Apache Geronimo committers (with NDA 
> authorization) would identified to manage the machines.
> - Running Linux with something like Xen for 4 VM images per machine.  
> We may increase the number of VM images if it is feasible.
>   - We would require both ssh and VNC access to the VMs.
>   - It is not yet decided if we would use NAT to access the VMs or 
> public IP addresses.  Is there are recommendation from ASF Infra?
> - Automation will most likely be added to run builds, execute tests, 
> and produce reports.
> - Capability to manually run tests on demand would also be supported.
> Admin Volunteers:
>   - Joe Bohn (PMC)
>   - Jay McHugh (PMC)
>   - Jason Warner
>   - Matt Hogstrom (PMC)
>   - Kevan Miller (PMC)

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