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From Sajeevan Achuthan <achuthan.sajee...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Blur into the Apache Incubator
Date Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:40:02 GMT
+1

On 22 July 2012 14:40, Doug Cutting <cutting@gmail.com> wrote:

> +1
>
> Doug
> On Jul 20, 2012 9:43 AM, "Aaron McCurry" <amccurry@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I would like to call a vote for accepting Blur for incubation in the
> > Apache Incubator. The full proposal is available below.
> >
> > Please cast your vote:
> >
> > [ ] +1, bring Blur into Incubator
> > [ ] +0, I don't care either way,
> > [ ] -1, do not bring Blur into Incubator, because...
> >
> > This vote will be open for 72 hours and only votes from the Incubator
> > PMC are binding.
> >
> > Thank you for your consideration!
> >
> > Aaron
> >
> > http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/BlurProposal
> >
> > = Blur Proposal =
> >
> > == Abstract ==
> > Blur is a search platform capable of searching massive amounts of data
> > in a cloud computing environment. Blur leverages several existing
> > Apache projects, including Apache Lucene, Apache Hadoop, Apache
> > !ZooKeeper and Apache Thrift.  Both bulk and near real time (NRT)
> > updates are possible with Blur.  Bulk updates are accomplished using
> > Hadoop Map/Reduce and NRT are performed through direct Thrift calls.
> >
> > == Proposal ==
> > Blur is an open source search platform capable of querying massive
> > amounts of data at incredible speeds. Rather than using the flat,
> > document-like data model used by most search solutions, Blur allows
> > you to build rich data models and search them in a semi-relational
> > manner similar to joins while querying a relational database. Using
> > Blur, you can get precise search results against terabytes of data at
> > Google-like speeds.  Blur leverages multiple open source projects
> > including Hadoop, Lucene, Thrift and !ZooKeeper to create an
> > environment where structured data can be transformed into an index
> > that runs on a Hadoop cluster.  Blur uses the power of Map/Reduce for
> > bulk indexing into Blur.  Server failures are handled automatically by
> > using !ZooKeeper for cluster state and HDFS for index storage.
> >
> > == Background ==
> > Blur was created by Aaron !McCurry in 2010. Blur was developed to
> > solve the challenges in dealing with searching huge quantities of data
> > that the traditional RDBMS solutions could not cope with while still
> > providing JOIN-like capabilities to query the data.  Several other
> > open source projects have implemented aspects of this design including
> > elasticsearch, Katta and Apache Solr.
> >
> > == Rationale ==
> > There is a need for a distributed search capability within the Hadoop
> > ecosystem. Currently, there are no other search solutions that
> > natively leverage HDFS and the failover features of Hadoop in the same
> > manner as the Blur project. The communities we expect to be most
> > interested in such a project are government, health care, and other
> > industries where scalability is a concern. We have made much progress
> > in developing this project over the past 2 years and believe both the
> > project and the interested communities would benefit from this work
> > being openly available and having open development.  In future
> > versions of Blur the API will more closely follow the API’s provided
> > in Lucene so that systems that already use Lucene can more easily
> > scale with Blur. Blur can be viewed as a query execution engine that
> > Lucene based solutions can utilize when scale becomes an issue.
> >
> > == Initial Goals ==
> > The initial goals of the project are:
> >  * To migrate the Blur codebase, issue tracking and wiki from
> > github.com and integrate the project with the ASF infrastructure.
> >  * Add new committers to the project and grow the community in "The
> Apache
> > Way".
> >
> > == Current Status ==
> >
> > === Meritocracy ===
> > Blur was initially developed by Aaron !McCurry in June 2010.  Since
> > then Blur has continued to evolve with the support of a small
> > development team at Near Infinity.  As a part of the Apache Software
> > Foundation, the Apache Blur team intends to strongly encourage the
> > community to help with and contribute to the project.  Apache Blur
> > will actively seek potential committers and help them become familiar
> > with the codebase.
> >
> > === Community ===
> > A small community has developed around Blur and several project teams
> > are currently using Blur for their big data search capability. The
> > source code is currently available on GitHub and there is a dedicated
> > website (blur.io) that provides an overview of the project. Blur has
> > been shared with several members of the Apache community and has been
> > presented at the Bay Area HUG (see
> > http://www.meetup.com/hadoop/events/20109471/).
> >
> > === Core Developers ===
> > The current developers are employed by Near Infinity Corporation, but
> > we anticipate interest developing among other companies.
> >
> > === Alignment ===
> > Blur is built on top of a number of Apache projects; Hadoop, Lucene,
> > !ZooKeeper, and Thrift. It builds with Maven.  During the course of
> > Blur development, a couple of patches have been committed back to the
> > Lucene project, including LUCENE-2205 and LUCENE-2215.  Due to the
> > strong relationship with the before mentioned Apache projects, the
> > incubator is a good match for Blur.
> >
> > == Known Risks ==
> >
> > === Orphaned Products ===
> > There is only a small risk of being orphaned. The customers that
> > currently use Blur are committed to improving the codebase of the
> > project due to its fulfilling needs not addressed by any other
> > software. In addition, one customer is providing financial support to
> > further develop Blur given its importance on mission-critical
> > projects.
> >
> > === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> > The codebase has been treated internally as an open source project
> > since its beginning, and Near Infinity has extensive experience
> > developing and releasing open source projects
> > (http://www.nearinfinity.com/products/open_source). We do not
> > anticipate difficulty in operating under the Apache Way.
> >
> > === Homogeneous Developers ===
> > Current developers are all employed by Near Infinity but we are
> > actively seeking contributors from different companies and would
> > welcome their participation.
> >
> > === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> > Blur was originally created by Aaron !McCurry as a personal project
> > and he remains the primary contributor.  Currently, Aaron’s employer
> > (Near Infinity) fully supports his continued participation with paid,
> > dedicated time to work on Blur. All other current developers are paid
> > by Near Infinity to work on Blur as well.
> >
> > === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> > Blur dependencies:
> >
> >  * Apache Hadoop
> >  * Apache Lucene
> >  * Apache !ZooKeeper
> >  * Apache Thrift
> >  * Apache log4j
> >
> > === Apache Brand ===
> > Our interest in releasing this code as an Apache project is due to its
> > strong relationship with other Apache projects, i.e. Blur has
> > dependencies on Hadoop, Lucene, !ZooKeeper, and Thrift and its
> > uniqueness within the Hadoop ecosystem.
> >
> > == Documentation ==
> > Current documentation can be found at http://blur.io and
> > https://github.com/nearinfinity/blur.
> >
> > == Initial Source ==
> > Blur has been in development since summer 2010. The core codebase
> > consists of about ~29,000 (~10,000 if the generated RPC code is not
> > included) lines of code mainly Java.
> >
> > == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
> > Blur core code, examples, documentation, and training materials will
> > be submitted by Near Infinity Corporation.
> >
> > == External Dependencies ==
> >  * concurrentlinkedhashmap - Apache 2.0 License -
> > http://code.google.com/p/concurrentlinkedhashmap/
> >
> > == Cryptography ==
> > none
> >
> > == Required Resources ==
> >  * Mailing Lists
> >    * blur-private
> >    * blur-dev
> >    * blur-commits
> >    * blur-user
> >  * Subversion Directory
> >    * https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/blur.git
> >  * Issue Tracking
> >    * JIRA
> >  * Continuous Integration
> >    * Jenkins
> >  * Web
> >    * http://incubator.apache.org/blur/wiki at http://wiki.apache.org
> > or http://cwiki.apache.org
> >
> > == Initial Committers ==
> >  * Aaron !McCurry (aaron.mccurry at nearinfinity dot com)
> >  * Scott Leberknight (scott.leberknight at nearinfinity dot com)
> >  * Ryan Gimmy (ryan.gimmy at nearinfinity dot com)
> >  * Tim Williams (twilliams at apache dot org)
> >  * Patrick Hunt (phunt at apache dot org)
> >  * Doug Cutting (cutting at apache dot org)
> >
> > == Affiliations ==
> >  * Aaron !McCurry, Near Infinity
> >  * Scott Leberknight, Near Infinity
> >  * Ryan Gimmy, Near Infinity
> >  * Patrick Hunt, Cloudera
> >  * Doug Cutting, Cloudera
> >
> > == Sponsors ==
> >  * Champion: Patrick Hunt
> >
> > == Nominated Mentors ==
> >  * Tim Williams  (twilliams at apache dot org)
> >  * Doug Cutting (cutting at apache dot org)
> >  * Patrick Hunt (phunt at apache dot org)
> >
> > == Sponsoring Entity ==
> >  * Apache Incubator
> >
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> >
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