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From Ted Dunning <ted.dunn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Storm for Apache Incubator
Date Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:24:53 GMT
The last comment on the discussion thread was 4 days ago.

It seems like a vote is ripe.




On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM, Nathan Marz <nathan.marz@gmail.com> wrote:

> (Sorry for slow response, been traveling in Asia)
>
> Thanks for volunteering guys! Added you both as mentors on the proposal.
>
> Since there's no more pending concerns, is the next step to do a vote?
>
>
> On Sep 5, 2013, at 5:42 AM, Benjamin Hindman <benjamin.hindman@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Proposal looks great Nathan, I'd like to volunteer as a mentor if you're
> > looking for more help!
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM, Nathan Marz <nathan@nathanmarz.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi everyone,
> >>
> >> I'd like to propose Storm to be an Apache Incubator project. After much
> >> thought I believe this is the right next step for the project, and I
> look
> >> forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and feedback!
> >>
> >> Here's a link to the proposal:
> >> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/StormProposal
> >>
> >> The proposal is also pasted below.
> >>
> >> -Nathan
> >>
> >>
> >> = Storm Proposal =
> >>
> >> == Abstract ==
> >>
> >> Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime
> >> computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of
> >> data.
> >>
> >> == Proposal ==
> >>
> >> Storm is a distributed real-time computation system. Similar to how
> Hadoop
> >> provides a set of general primitives for doing batch processing, Storm
> >> provides a set of general primitives for doing real-time computation.
> Its
> >> use cases span stream processing, distributed RPC, continuous
> computation,
> >> and more. Storm has become a preferred technology for near-realtime
> >> big-data processing by many organizations worldwide (see a partial list
> at
> >> https://github.com/nathanmarz/storm/wiki/Powered-By). As an open source
> >> project, Storm’s developer community has grown rapidly to 46 members.
> >>
> >> == Background ==
> >>
> >> The past decade has seen a revolution in data processing. MapReduce,
> >> Hadoop, and related technologies have made it possible to store and
> process
> >> data at scales previously unthinkable. Unfortunately, these data
> processing
> >> technologies are not realtime systems, nor are they meant to be. The
> lack
> >> of a "Hadoop of realtime" has become the biggest hole in the data
> >> processing ecosystem. Storm fills that hole.
> >>
> >> Storm was initially developed and deployed at BackType in 2011. After 7
> >> months of development BackType was acquired by Twitter in July 2011.
> Storm
> >> was open sourced in September 2011.
> >>
> >> Storm has been under continuous development on its Github repository
> since
> >> being open-sourced. It has undergone four major releases (0.5, 0.6, 0.7,
> >> 0.8) and many minor ones.
> >>
> >> == Rationale ==
> >>
> >> Storm is a general platform for low-latency big-data processing. It is
> >> complementary to the existing Apache projects, such as Hadoop. Many
> >> applications are actually exploring using both Hadoop and Storm for
> >> big-data processing. Bringing Storm into Apache is very beneficial to
> both
> >> Apache community and Storm community.
> >>
> >> The rapid growth of Storm community is empowered by open source. We
> believe
> >> the Apache foundation is a great fit as the long-term home for Storm,
> as it
> >> provides an established process for community-driven development and
> >> decision making by consensus. This is exactly the model we want for
> future
> >> Storm development.
> >>
> >> == Initial Goals ==
> >>
> >> * Move the existing codebase to Apache
> >> * Integrate with the Apache development process
> >> * Ensure all dependencies are compliant with Apache License version 2.0
> >> * Incremental development and releases per Apache guidelines
> >>
> >> == Current Status ==
> >>
> >> Storm has undergone four major releases (0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8) and many
> minor
> >> ones. Storm 0.9 is about to be released. Storm is being used in
> production
> >> by over 50 organizations. Storm codebase is currently hosted at
> github.com
> >> ,
> >> which will seed the Apache git repository.
> >>
> >> === Meritocracy ===
> >>
> >> We plan to invest in supporting a meritocracy. We will discuss the
> >> requirements in an open forum. Several companies have already expressed
> >> interest in this project, and we intend to invite additional developers
> to
> >> participate. We will encourage and monitor community participation so
> that
> >> privileges can be extended to those that contribute.
> >>
> >> === Community ===
> >>
> >> The need for a low-latency big-data processing platform in the open
> source
> >> is tremendous. Storm is currently being used by at least 50
> organizations
> >> worldwide (see https://github.com/nathanmarz/storm/wiki/Powered-By),
> and
> >> is
> >> the most starred Java project on Github. By bringing Storm into Apache,
> we
> >> believe that the community will grow even bigger.
> >>
> >> === Core Developers ===
> >>
> >> Storm was started by Nathan Marz at BackType, and now has developers
> from
> >> Yahoo!, Microsoft, Alibaba, Infochimps, and many other companies.
> >>
> >> === Alignment ===
> >>
> >> In the big-data processing ecosystem, Storm is a very popular
> low-latency
> >> platform, while Hadoop is the primary platform for batch processing. We
> >> believe that it will help the further growth of big-data community by
> >> having Hadoop and Storm aligned within Apache foundation. The alignment
> is
> >> also beneficial to other Apache communities (such as Zookeeper, Thrift,
> >> Mesos). We could include additional sub-projects, Storm-on-YARN and
> >> Storm-on-Mesos, in the near future.
> >>
> >> == Known Risks ==
> >>
> >> === Orphaned Products ===
> >>
> >> The risk of the Storm project being abandoned is minimal. There are at
> >> least 50 organizations (Twitter, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Groupon, Baidu,
> >> Alibaba, Alipay, Taobao, PARC, RocketFuel etc) are highly incentivized
> to
> >> continue development. Many of these organizations have built critical
> >> business applications upon Storm, and have devoted significant internal
> >> infrastructure investment in Storm.
> >>
> >> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> >>
> >> Storm has existed as a healthy open source project for several years.
> >> During that time, we have curated an open-source community successfully,
> >> attracting over 40 developers from a diverse group of companies
> including
> >> Twitter, Yahoo!, and Alibaba.
> >>
> >> === Homogenous Developers ===
> >>
> >> The initial committers are employed by large companies (including
> Twitter,
> >> Yahoo!, Alibaba, Microsoft) and well-funded startups. Storm has an
> active
> >> community of developers, and we are committed to recruiting additional
> >> committers based on their contributions to the project.
> >>
> >> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> >>
> >> It is expected that Storm development will occur on both salaried time
> and
> >> on volunteer time, after hours. The majority of initial committers are
> paid
> >> by their employer to contribute to this project. However, they are all
> >> passionate about the project, and we are confident that the project will
> >> continue even if no salaried developers contribute to the project. We
> are
> >> committed to recruiting additional committers including non-salaried
> >> developers.
> >>
> >> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> >>
> >> As mentioned in the Alignment section, Storm is closely integrated with
> >> Hadoop,
> >> Zookeeper, Thrift, YARN and Mesos in a numerous ways. We look forward to
> >> collaborating with those communities, as well as other Apache
> communities
> >> (including Apache S4 which focuses on stateful low-latency processing).
> >>
> >> === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> >>
> >> Storm is already a healthy and well known open source project. This
> >> proposal is not for the purpose of generating publicity. Rather, the
> >> primary benefits to joining Apache are those outlined in the Rationale
> >> section.
> >>
> >> == Documentation ==
> >>
> >> The reader will find these websites highly relevant:
> >>
> >> * Storm website: http://storm-project.net
> >> * Storm documentation: https://github.com/nathanmarz/storm/wiki
> >> * Codebase: https://github.com/nathanmarz/storm
> >> * User group: https://groups.google.com/group/storm-user
> >>
> >> == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
> >>
> >> The Storm codebase is currently hosted on Github:
> >> https://github.com/nathanmarz/storm.
> >>
> >> This is the exact codebase that we would migrate to the Apache
> foundation.
> >>
> >> The Storm source code is currently licensed under Eclipse Public License
> >> Version 1.0. Some source code was contributed under a contributor
> agreement
> >> based on the Sun contributor agreement (v1.5). More recent code has been
> >> contributed under an Apache style agreement (see
> >>
> https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/133901206/storm-apache-style-cla.txt).
> >>
> >> Upon entering Apache, Storm will migrate to an Apache License 2.0 with
> all
> >> contributions licensed to the Apache Foundation. In certain cases where
> >> individuals or organizations hold copyright, we will ensure they grant a
> >> license to the Apache Foundation. Going forward, all commits will be
> >> licensed directly to the Apache foundation through our signed Individual
> >> Contributor License Agreements for all committers on the project.
> >>
> >> Yahoo! is also willing to move Storm-on-YARN code from github to be a
> >> subproject of Apache Storm project. Storm-on-YARN is currently licensed
> >> under Apache License 2.0 and receive contribution under Apache style
> CLA.
> >> Upon entering Apache, Yahoo! will sign over copyright to Apache
> foundation.
> >>
> >> == External Dependencies ==
> >>
> >> To the best of our knowledge, all of Storm dependencies (except 0MQ/JMQ)
> >> are distributed under Apache compatible licenses. Upon acceptance to the
> >> incubator, we would begin a thorough analysis of all transitive
> >> dependencies to verify this fact and introduce license checking into the
> >> build and release process (for instance integrating Apache Rat).
> >>
> >> Storm has used 0MQ and JMQ as the default mechanism for internal
> messaging
> >> layer, and 0MQ/JMQ is licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License.
> >> Recently, we have made Storm messaging layer pluggable, and plan to use
> >> Netty (which is licensed under Apache License v2) as our default
> messaging
> >> plugin (while keep 0MQ as an optional plugin).
> >>
> >> == Cryptography ==
> >>
> >> We do not expect Storm to be a controlled export item due to the use of
> >> encryption.
> >>
> >> Storm enable encryptions via 2 plugins:
> >>
> >> * SASL authentication plugins … Currently, we have provide “no-op”
> >> authentication and digest authentication. In near future, we will
> introduce
> >> Kerberos authentication.
> >> * Tuple payload serialization plugins … Storm provides plugins for
> >> plain-object serialization and blowfish encryption.
> >>
> >> == Required Resources ==
> >>
> >> === Mailing lists ===
> >>
> >> * storm-user
> >> * storm-dev
> >> * storm-private (with moderated subscriptions)
> >>
> >> === Subversion Directory ===
> >>
> >> Git is the preferred source control system: git://git.apache.org/storm
> >>
> >> === Issue Tracking ===
> >>
> >> JIRA Storm (STORM)
> >>
> >> == Initial Committers ==
> >>
> >> * Nathan Marz <nathan at nathanmarz dot com>
> >> * James Xu <xumingmingv at gmail dot com>
> >> * Jason Jackson <jason at cvk dot ca>
> >> * Andy Feng <afeng at yahoo-inc dot com>
> >> * Flip Kromer  <flip at infochimps dot com>
> >> * David Lao <davidlao at microsoft dot com>
> >> * P. Taylor Goetz <ptgoetz at gmail dot com>
> >>
> >> == Affiliations ==
> >>
> >> * Nathan Marz - Nathan’s Startup
> >> * James Xu - Alibaba
> >> * Jason Jackson - Twitter
> >> * Andy Feng - Yahoo!
> >> * Flip Kromer - Infochimps
> >> * David Lao - Microsoft
> >> * P. Taylor Goetz - Health Market Science
> >>
> >> == Sponsors ==
> >>
> >> === Champion ===
> >>
> >> * Doug Cutting  <cutting at apache dot org>
> >>
> >> === Nominated Mentors ===
> >>
> >> * Ted Dunning <tdunning at maprtech.com>
> >> * Arvind Prabhaker <arvind at apache dot org>
> >> * Devaraj Das <ddas at hortonworks dot com>
> >>
> >> === Sponsoring Entity ===
> >>
> >> The Apache Incubator
> >>
>
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