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From Jean-Baptiste Onofré>
Subject [DISCUSS] Apache Amaterasu Incubator Proposal
Date Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:49:32 GMT
Hi all,

I would like to submit a new proposal to bring Amaterasu to the Apache 
Software Foundation incubator.

The proposal is included below and available on the wiki:

We are eager to get your comments and questions.

Thanks !
JB (on behalf of the Amaterasu community)

= Apache Amaterasu =

== Abstract ==

Apache Amaterasu is a framework providing continuous deployment for Big 
Data pipelines.

It provides the following capabilities:

  * '''Continuous integration''' tools to '''package pipelines and run 
  * A repository to store those packaged applications: the 
'''applications repository'''.
  * A repository to store the pipelines, and engine configuration (for 
instance, location of the Spark master, etc.): per environment - the 
'''configuration repository'''.
  * A '''dashboard''' to monitor the pipelines.
  * A '''DSL and integration hooks''' allowing third parties to easily 

== Proposal ==

Amaterasu is a simple and powerful framework to build and dispense 
pipelines.  It aims to help data engineers and data scientists to 
compose, configure, test, package, deploy and execute data pipelines 
written using multiple tools, languages and frameworks. Amaterasu 
provides a standard repo structure to package big data pipelines, a YAML 
based Domain Specific Languages (DSL) for data engineers, data 
scientists and operations engineers to manage complex pipelines 
throughout their entire lifecycle (Dev, UAT, Prod, etc.).

== Background ==

Amaterasu is a relatively new project that was created to deal with some 
of the issues that as Consultants, we have seen recurring at different 
client sites. Mainly the need to continuously deploy complex pipelines 
built in multiple tools and languages.
Amaterasu started as a pet project and is currently being evaluated by a 
couple of organizations, supported by the contributors, on a personal 
time and voluntary bases.

== Rational ==

As software engineers working on big data projects we have straggled for 
a long time to apply the same CI/CD practices that have become the 
standard in the software industry for the last few years. While some of 
them are possible, for example Apache Spark is easy to unit test. 
However large scale pipelines are more complex and often use data, which 
might be un-structured as integration point, which requires heavy 
integration tests.

To automate such tests and complex deployments, we have found the need 
to often handcraft scripts and use a mixture tools, so we have decided 
to finally build a tool we can apply in a general way and not on a 
project by project basis.

Another issue Amaterasu is trying to tackle is the Integrating between 
the work of software engineers, data scientists, and sometimes 
operations engineers. The approach Amaterasu takes to integrate between 
those three schools of thought it to provide a simple YAML based DSL 
that provides a simple way to integrate different pipeline written in 
the native tools for each task (R, Spark in different languages, etc.).

== Initial Goals ==

Our initial goals are to bring Amaterasu into the ASF, transition 
internal engineering processes into the open, and foster a collaborative 
development model according to the "Apache Way".

In addition, we intend to continue the development of Amaterasu, add new 
features as well as  integrate better with other frameworks, including:

  * Apache Arrow
  * Apache Hive
  * Apache Drill
  * Apache Beam
  * Apache YARN
  * Farther and more complete integration with Apache Spark

Other frameworks will be evaluated after those initial goals are reached.

== Current Status ==

Amaterasu is preview state but provide a large set of features. We plan 
to stabilize and head to a first production ready release during the 
incubation process. The current license is already Apache 2.0.

=== Meritocracy ===

We intend to radically expand the initial developer and user community 
by running the project in accordance with the "Apache Way". Users and 
new contributors will be treated with respect and welcomed. By 
participating in the community and providing quality patches/support 
that move the project forward, they will earn merit. They also will be 
encouraged to provide non-code contributions (documentation, events, 
community management, etc.) and will gain merit for doing so. Those with 
a proven support and quality track record will be encouraged to become 

=== Community ===

As a relatively new project, Amaterasu has a small, but growing 
community. Amaterasu is an open project, not just with it’s source code 
but also with our discussions which are held openly in our slack which contains channels for design, tech and 
future directions discussions.

If Amaterasu is accepted for incubation, the primary initial goal is to 
build a large and strong community. We are confident that Amaterasu can 
become a key project for big data operations, which hopefully will 
create a large community of users and developers.

=== Known Risks ===

Development has been sponsored mostly by a one company. For the project 
to fully transition to the Apache Way governance model, development must 
shift towards the meritocracy-centric model of growing a community of 
contributors balanced with the needs for extreme stability and core 
implementation coherency.

=== Orphaned products ===

We are fully committed on Amaterasu. A few organizations have expressed 
their interest in using Amaterasu.

=== Inexperience with Open Source ===

We have been developing and using open source software for a long time. 
Additionally, several ASF veterans have agreed to mentor the project and 
they are listed in this proposal. The project will rely on their 
guidance and collective wisdom to quickly transition the entire team of 
initial committers towards practicing the Apache Way.

=== Reliance on Salaried Developers ===

Most of the current contributors are employed in the Big Data space. 
While they might wander from their current employers, they are unlikely 
to venture far from their core expertises and thus will continue to be 
engaged with the project regardless of their current employers.

=== An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===

While we intend to leverage the Apache ‘branding’ when talking to other 
projects as testament of our project’s ‘neutrality’, we have no plans 
for making use of Apache brand in press releases nor posting billboards 
advertising acceptance of Amaterasu into Apache Incubator.

The main purpose in applying for Apache incubation is due to the fact 
that Amaterasu is built with integration already in mind for many tools 
which are Apache projects, and we see Amaterasu as an extension of these 
projects. We hope that by being an Apache project, we can integrate 
better, and collaborate more effectively with the relevant projects. As 
Amaterasu matures, we see mutual benefits for all involved.

=== Initial Source ===

=== External Dependencies ===

All external dependencies are licensed under an Apache 2.0 license or 
Apache-compatible license. As we grow the Amaterasu community we will 
configure our build process to require and validate all contributions 
and dependencies are licensed under the Apache 2.0 license or are under 
an Apache-compatible license.

  * Apache Spark
  * Apache Hadoop
  * Apache Maven (maven-core)
  * Apache Commons
  * Apache Log4j
  * Apache Mesos
  * Apache Zookeeper
  * Apache Curator
  * Scala
  * Junit
  * Py4j

Future versions are planned to integrate with:

  * Apache YARN
  * Apache Hive
  * Apache Drill

=== Required Resources ===

==== Mailing lists ====

  * (moderated subscriptions)

==== Git Repository ====


==== Issue Tracking ====

  * JIRA Project Amaterasu

==== Initial Committers =====

  * Yaniv Rodenski
  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré
  * Eyal Ben Ivri
  * Karel Alfonso
  * Kirupagaran (Kirupa) Devarajan
  * Nadav Har Tzvi

==== Affiliations ====

  * Yaniv Rodenski - Shinto
  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré - Talend
  * Olivier Lamy - Webtide

==== Sponsors ====

==== Champion ====

  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré

==== Mentors ====

  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré
  * Olivier Lamy

==== Sponsoring Entity ====

The Apache Incubator

Jean-Baptiste Onofré
Talend -

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