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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Silk as new Incubator project
Date Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:32:50 GMT
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On 19 September 2014 05:40, 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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