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From Matt Franklin <>
Subject Fwd: [PROPOSAL] Storm for Apache Incubator
Date Thu, 05 Sep 2013 04:33:19 GMT
For those of you who do not follow the general@ list (hint hint), I just
saw this today and thought it was relevant to the discussions earlier last

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nathan Marz <>
Date: Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM
Subject: [PROPOSAL] Storm for Apache Incubator

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:

The proposal is also pasted below.


= Storm Proposal =

== Abstract ==

Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime
computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of

== 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 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,
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, 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

=== Relationships with Other Apache Products ===

As mentioned in the Alignment section, Storm is closely integrated with
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

== Documentation ==

The reader will find these websites highly relevant:

  * Storm website:
  * Storm documentation:
  * Codebase:
  * User group:

== Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==

The Storm codebase is currently hosted on Github:

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

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

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://

=== Issue Tracking ===


== 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>
 * Arvind Prabhaker <arvind at apache dot org>
 * Devaraj Das <ddas at hortonworks dot com>

=== Sponsoring Entity ===

The Apache Incubator

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