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From Konstantin Boudnik <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Silk as new Incubator project
Date Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:21:02 GMT
Thanks Henry - great to have you!

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:15AM, Henry Saputra wrote:
> Thanks for the response, Konstantin.
> 
> Definitely glad to help as mentor.
> I have added my name as one of the mentors in the list.
> 
> Still love to see the "Relationships to other Apache projects section"
> in the proposal.
> 
> - Henry
> 
> 
> 
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM, Konstantin Boudnik <cos@apache.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:21PM, Henry Saputra wrote:
> >> Hi Cos,
> >>
> >> Looks like a good start of the proposal.
> >>
> >> How would this project relate to compare to existing ones like Apache
> >> Spark, Storm, or Samza?
> >
> > The proposal will be updated shortly with these details.
> >
> >> Would love to have comparisons to existing ASF projects section to the proposal.
> >>
> >> Also, would you guys mind adding or soliciting more mentors?
> >> Seemed like most of initial committers have not been involved in ASF
> >> yet so may need some help to adjust to Apache way.
> >
> > Good point, Henry! Would you consider investing a few cycles on your own and
> > join the mentors for this proposal? Thanks in advance!
> >
> > Cos
> >
> >>
> >> - Henry
> >>
> >> On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM, Konstantin Boudnik <cos@apache.org> wrote:
> >> > I would like to propose Silk as an Apache Incubator project. The new
> >> > proposal is added to https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/SilkProposal and
> >> > is duplicated below.
> >> >
> >> > --
> >> > Regards,
> >> >   Cos
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > = Silk Apache Incubator Proposal =
> >> >
> >> > == Abstract ==
> >> >
> >> > Apache Silk will be a unified In-Memory Data Fabric providing high-performance,
> >> > distributed in-memory data management software layer between various data
> >> > sources and user applications.
> >> >
> >> > == Proposal ==
> >> >
> >> > Apache Silk is written mostly in Java and Scala with small amount of C++
code
> >> > and will initially combine the following technologies under one unified
> >> > umbrella:
> >> >  * In-Memory Data Grid
> >> >  * In-Memory Compute Grid
> >> >  * In-Memory Streaming Processing
> >> > This unified in-memory fabric will provide high-performance, distributed
> >> > in-memory software layer that sits in between various data sources and
user
> >> > applica tions. Data sources can include SQL RDBMS, NoSQL, or HDFS. Applications
> >> > APIs will be available for Java (and Java-based scripting languages), Scala,
> >> > C++ and .NET (C#).
> >> >
> >> > GridGain Systems, Inc. submits this proposal to donate its Apache 2.0-licensed
> >> > open source project generally known as “GridGain In-Memory Computing
Platform”,
> >> > its source code, documentation, and websites to the Apache Software Foundation
> >> > (“ASF”) with the goal of extending the vibrant open source community
around
> >> > this technology ultimately governed by “Apache Way”.  Proposed Naming
> >> >
> >> > We have been advised by the ASF mentors that the name “Silk” may not
be ideal
> >> > because the name may be too generic and may not pass ASF legal check. Here
are
> >> > the alternatives that we have come up with and any of those will be acceptable
> >> > for the project pending the ASF legal green light:
> >> >  * Apache Silk (preferable name)
> >> >  * Apache Sylk
> >> >  * Apache Memstor
> >> >  * Apache Ignite
> >> >
> >> > == Background & Rationale ==
> >> >
> >> > In-Memory Data Fabric is a natural and evolutionary consolidation of various
> >> > “in-memory technologies” from the last decade. From simple local caching
> >> > (JSR-107), to distributed caching, to data grids and databases, to streaming
> >> > and plug-n-play acceleration - the in-memory space has grown quite
> >> > dramatically.
> >> >
> >> > With rapid advances in NVRAM and significant price reduction of traditional
> >> > DRAM on one hand, and growing sophistication and demand for faster data
> >> > processing on another - many users of these silo-ed technologies and products
> >> > started to look for a “strategic approach” to in-memory - an in-memory
data
> >> > fabric - that would provide suitable APIs for different types of payloads:
from
> >> > data caching, to data grids, to in-memory SQL data stores, to HPC, to streaming
> >> > processing.
> >> >
> >> > With expensive and proprietary in-memory computing products from companies
like
> >> > Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and IBM -  the developers worldwide need an unhindered
> >> > access to advanced open source in-memory software technology, the technology
> >> > they can trust to develop with and deploy for critical applications.  Current
> >> > Status
> >> >
> >> > Apache Silk will be based on the technology that is currently developed
by
> >> > GridGain Systems and available under Apache 2.0 license
> >> > (http://www.gridgain.org). The software has been in development since 2007
and
> >> > in production since 2009. It is currently used by over 500 production
> >> > deployments with over 1,000,000 downloads to date, and with over 20,000,000
> >> > GridGain nodes started in the last 5 years.
> >> >
> >> > == Initial Goals ==
> >> >
> >> > The number one goal during ASF incubation will coalesce around building
a true
> >> > active and vibrant community governed by the “Apache Way”. The initial
> >> > development goals for Silk primarily revolve around migrating the existing
code
> >> > base, documentation, and refactoring of the existing internal build, test
&
> >> > release processes. We believe these initial goals are sufficiently difficult
to
> >> > be considered early milestones.
> >> >
> >> > Some of the specific initial goals include:
> >> >  * Migrate the existing Silk code base to the ASF.
> >> >  * Refactor development, testing, build and release processes to work in
ASF.
> >> >  * Attract developer and user interest in the new Apache Silk project.
> >> >  * Road map the integration efforts with “sister” projects in ASF eco-system
like Storm and Spark.
> >> >  * Incorporate externally developed features into the core Apache Silk
project.
> >> >
> >> > == Known Risks ==
> >> >
> >> > This proposal is not without its risks, some of which are outlined below.
> >> >
> >> > The current list of committers are primarily from GridGain Systems. One
of the
> >> > key purposes of proposing Silk for incubation is to attract new committers
and
> >> > spur the adoption of Silk. The ASF has a well-deserved reputation of fostering
> >> > and building open source communities, which makes it the ideal location
to
> >> > attempt this community bootstrap.
> >> >
> >> > Most of the initial committers are supported by their employers to work
on
> >> > Silk, and may be assigned to work on other priorities. However, the employers
> >> > of these salaried individuals - GridGain Systems or current customers and
users
> >> > - have a vested interest in seeing Silk thrive as a long-term, growing
project.
> >> >
> >> > GridGain Systems understands that their employees are acting as individuals
> >> > when contributing to Apache projects. As a major initial contributor GridGain
> >> > Systems is prepared to bring additional staff on board to assist with Silk
> >> > development to ensure its active growth.
> >> >
> >> > One of the key motivators in creating the Silk project as part of the Incubator
> >> > is to leverage the vendor-neutral nature of the ASF. The ASF has a strong
and
> >> > recognized brand as being a leader in open source, and by hosting Silk
at the
> >> > ASF, we hope to attract developers to build a viable community for the
project.
> >> >
> >> > == Meritocracy ==
> >> >
> >> > Apache Silk plans to adopt the policy that encourages an environment that
> >> > supports a meritocracy. We intend to actively ask the community  for help,
> >> > listing/specifying the work that needs to be done, and  keeping track of
and
> >> > encouraging members of the community who make any contributions.  Community
&
> >> > Core Developers
> >> >
> >> > GridGain project has been actively building community of users in the last
> >> > couple of years with an active StackOverflow group, support groups, and
Meetups
> >> > (http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-In-Memory-Computing). This group includes
> >> > active members of Apache community as well. We strongly believe that this
> >> > community will grow and develop substantially as part of Apache family
and
> >> > that’s our commitment.
> >> >
> >> > == Existing Documentation ==
> >> >
> >> > Current documentation for GridGain project can be found here:
> >> > http://www.gridgain.org/documentation/ We intend to migrate it into ASF
> >> > podling.
> >> >
> >> > == Initial Source ==
> >> >
> >> > Initial Apache 2.0 licensed source code can be found here: http://www.gridgain.org/download/
> >> >
> >> > == External Dependencies ==
> >> >
> >> > Here’s the list of 3rd party JAR-only dependencies:
> >> >  * Apache Hadoop
> >> >  * Apache Commons
> >> >  * H2
> >> >  * JTS
> >> >  * Apache Lucene
> >> >  * Spring
> >> >
> >> > Here’s the list of the all licenses for 3rd party libraries currently
used:
> >> >  * Apache 2.0
> >> >
> >> > == Required Resources ==
> >> >
> >> > === Mailing lists ===
> >> >  * silk-private (with moderated subscriptions)
> >> >  * silk-dev
> >> >  * silk-user
> >> >
> >> > === Git & JIRA ===
> >> >  * Git: https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-silk.git
> >> >  * JIRA: JIRA Silk (SILK)
> >> >
> >> > == Initial Committers & Affiliation ==
> >> >  * Dmitriy Setrakyan (GridGain Systems, dsetrakyan at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Yakov Zhdanov (GridGain Systems, yzhdanov at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Alexey Goncharuk (GridGain Systems, agoncharuk at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Sergey Vladykin (GridGain Systems, svladykin at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Valentin Kulichenko (GridGain Systems, vkulichenko at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Semen Boikov (GridGain Systems, sboikov at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Vladimir Ozerov (GridGain Systems, vozerov at gridgain dot com)
> >> >  * Nikita Ivanov (GridGain Systems, nivanov30 at gmail dot com)
> >> >  * Sergey Khisamov (FitechSource, skh at gmail dot com)
> >> >  * Ilya Sterin (ChronoTrack, isterin at gmail dot com)
> >> >  * Ryan Rawson (WANdisco, rawson at apache dot org)
> >> >  * Konstantin Boudnik (cos at apache dot org)
> >> >  * Roman Shaposhnik (rvs at apache dot org)
> >> >
> >> > == Sponsors ==
> >> >
> >> > === Apache Champion ===
> >> >  * Konstantin Boudnik (cos at apache dot org)
> >> >
> >> > === Nominated Mentors ===
> >> >  * Michael Stack (stack at apache dot org)
> >> >  * Roman Shaposhnik (rvs at apache dot org)
> >> >  * Konstantin Boudnik (cos at apache dot org)
> >> >
> >>
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