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From Hadrian Zbarcea <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept the iota project into the Apache Incubator
Date Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:40:47 GMT
The vote is as usually open for at least 72 hours.

Here's my +1.


On 01/16/2016 03:12 PM, Hadrian Zbarcea wrote:
> Hi,
> The iota proposal [1] (initially Tempo) was proposed about 6 weeks ago.
> Because of the naming conflict that would have likely required to change
> name at graduation, the project name was changed to "Apache iota" (the
> greek letter), which resonates better with the IoT field the project
> targets and passed a summary podling name search.
> The code was made available in December for our review and answers on
> the general@ list have been answered.
> We think it's time to move to the next step, a formal vote. Therefore...
> Please cast your vote to:
> [] +1 - accept Apache iota as a new incubating project
> []  0 - not sure
> [] -1 - do not accept the Apache iota project (because: ...)
> Thanks,
> Hadrian
> [1]
> [2]
> ---------------------
> iota Proposal
> Abstract
> The Apache Foundation has been very successful in bringing together key
> software components that have enabled people to interact with each other
> via a variety of content platforms and it will no doubt continue to do
> so. At the same time modern society is becoming increasingly dependent
> on devices that interact with each other and with people. The amount of
> data that will be produced by devices will be orders of magnitude
> greater than what has been produced by humans in the past. In addition,
> the orchestration of devices and people will be an important area of
> growth for the foreseeable future. This new dynamic will eventually
> become manifest in a growing number of Apache projects that enable this
> to occur. Our wish is to contribute to this movement by contributing the
> iota system to the Open Source Community via the Apache Foundation.
> Apache iota is an open platform to interconnect any and all devices,
> sensors, people, and applications, henceforth referred to as points,
> through a scalable, secure, and modular architecture, enabling
> applications to generate analysis, create actions and/or add
> intelligence to their behaviors and patterns.
> Proposal
> Perhaps you are a homeowner configuring the interaction between your
> family and all the smart devices in your home. Or you might be a global
> company orchestrating millions of devices and people across different
> continents. Either way you face the same fundamental problem; namely,
> how do you manage many points in a secure robust and meaningful manner?
> Apache iota is an open source software system that enables homeowners
> and global companies to download a software system that provides secure
> and robust orchestration.
> The iota system consists of a variety of components:
> A basic but extensible desktop
> An extensible mechanism for capturing data from a variety of sources
> A set of translators that feed the data capture mechanism and a
> framework for the development of additional translators
> A secure means of moving data using digital envelopes based on symmetric
> and asymmetric encryption and decryption via Apache Kafka
> Optionally maintaining data encrypted in a datastore
> Support for a variety of data repositories
> Authentication and authorization using OAuth2
> Secure APIs for access to data and the system information
> User management
> Device management
> Automated software upgrades via Salt
> Configuration management
> Robust basic infrastructure based on Apache Mesos that enables scalability
> Dockerized applications
> Background
> We are in the midst of a revolution in which the Internet of Things
> (IoT) is poised to impact the development of our society in ways we can
> not even begin to imagine. Unfortunately, we know of no coherent OSS
> (Open Source Software) solution that can harness the potentialities of
> this increasingly important trend. Manufacturers of IoT devices, both in
> the consumer and industrial spaces, continue to develop proprietary
> systems. Apache iota is an open source IoT system that creates an open
> source solution enabling the orchestration of IoT devices that brings
> the benefits of OSS to this space. Apache iota was initially developed
> by Litbit and is deployed in a growing number of Industrial contexts,
> especially in the context of Data Center Infrastructure.
> Rationale
> Apache iota is a general platform for orchestrating IoT devices in both
> consumer and industrial contexts. It is complementary to the existing
> Apache projects and is itself built using of a number of Apache
> projects. Bringing iota into Apache is very beneficial to both the
> Apache community and the IoT community.
> The rapid growth of IoT needs to be harnessed in the Open Source
> Community. We believe the Apache Foundation is a great fit as the
> long-term home for iota, as it provides an established process for
> community-driven development and decision making by consensus. This is
> exactly the model we want for future iota 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
> Apache iota has undergone a major release (0.1) and is being used in
> production by several global organizations. The iota codebase is
> currently hosted at, 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 an open source IoT orchestration system is tremendous.
> Apache iota is currently being used by several organizations worldwide.
> By bringing iota into Apache, we believe that the community will quickly
> grow and become a significant Apache offering.
> Core Developers
> iota was initially developed at Litbit by the following individuals:
> Rutvij Clerk
> Miron Costant
> Tony Faustini
> Reza Hajebi
> Amirhossein Jabbari
> Shahin Mowzoon
> Scott Noteboom
> Sydney Noteboom
> Omkar Prabhu
> Don Shields
> Alignment
> IoT orchestration is in need of an Open Source Solution. We believe iota
> can be that solution and fill this need in the Apache Foundation's
> offerings. We believe that iota will remove the barriers imposed by
> proprietary solutions and usher in significant growth for the Apache
> Foundation. The alignment is also beneficial to other Apache communities
> (such as Zookeeper, Kafka, and Mesos). We could include additional
> sub-projects in the future.
> Known Risks
> Orphaned Products
> There will be an initial need to ensure the availability and robustness
> of an initial offering so that contributors and users are highly
> incentivized to continue development. To this extent, organizations can
> be encouraged to build critical business applications around iota and
> the risk of the project being abandoned will be minimized.
> Inexperience with Open Source
> Our lack of experience with Open Source is an area we will need
> significant accompaniment with. We are more than willing to invest time
> and resources to create a healthy open source project. During that time,
> we will curate an open-source community and attract growing numbers of
> developers from a diverse group of contributors.
> Homogenous Developers
> The initial committers will be from Litbit, a well funded startup. We
> plan to grow iota with 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 iota development will occur on both salaried time
> and on volunteer time, after hours. The majority of initial committers
> are paid by Litbit 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, iota is closely integrated with
> Zookeeper, Kafka, and Mesos. We look forward to collaborating with those
> communities, as well as other Apache communities.
> An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand
> iota will become 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:
> iota website: Coming soon
> iota documentation: Coming soon
> Codebase: Becoming public soon
> User group: Coming soon
> Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan
> The iota codebase is currently hosted on Github. To give you some idea
> of what we will be contributing here are some basic statistics from our
> current Github
> [...] (tables omitted as they don't render well; see online version [1]
> for details)
> This is the exact codebase that we would migrate to the Apache foundation.
> Upon entering Apache, iota will migrate to an Apache License 2.0 with
> all contributions licensed to the Apache Foundation. In certain cases if
> 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. Upon
> entering Apache, Litbit will sign a Software Grant Agreement (SGA):
> External Dependencies
> To the best of our knowledge, all of iota dependencies (except 0MQ) 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).
> iota has used 0MQ for some types of internal messaging, and 0MQ is
> licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License. We are in the
> process of making the iota messaging layer pluggable, and plan to use
> Netty (which is licensed under Apache License v2) as our default
> messaging plugin (while keeping 0MQ as an optional plugin).
> Cryptography
> We do not expect iota to be a controlled export item due to the use of
> encryption. iota enables encryptions via a digital envelope using:
> RSA 128 Bits
> AES 128 Bits
> Required Resources
> Mailing lists
> iota-user
> iota-dev
> iota-commits
> iota-private (with moderated subscriptions)
> Subversion Directory
> Git is the preferred source control system: git://
> Issue Tracking
> JIRA iota (IOTA)
> Initial Committers
> Rutvij Clerk <rutvij at litbit dot com>
> Miron Costant <miron at litbit dot com>
> Tony Faustini <tony at litbit dot com >
> Reza Hajebi <reza at litbit dot com>
> Amirhossein Jabbari < amirhossein at litbit dot com>
> Shahin Mowzoon <shahin at litbit dot com>
> Scott Noteboom < notebooms at litbit dot com>
> Sydney Noteboom <sydney at litbit dot com>
> Omkar Prabhu <omkar at litbit dot com >
> Bill Salter <bsalter at enviseco dot com >
> Don Shields <dshields at litbit dot com >
> Affiliations
> Rutvij Clerk - Litbit
> Miron Costant - Litbit
> Tony Faustini - Litbit
> Reza Hajebi - Litbit
> Amirhossein Jabbari - Litbit
> Shahin Mowzoon - Litbit
> Scott Noteboom - Litbit
> Sydney Noteboom - Litbit
> Shailesh Patel - e2logy
> Omkar Prabhu - Litbit
> Bill Salter - Envise
> Don Shields - Litbit
> Sponsors
> Champion
> Hadrian Zbarcea <hadrian at apache dot org>
> Nominated Mentors
> Sterling Hughes <sterling at apache dot org>
> Daniel Gruno <humbedooh at apache dot org>
> Justin Mclean <justin at classsoftware dot com>
> Hadrian Zbarcea <hadrian at apache dot org>
> Sponsoring Entity
> The Apache Incubator

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