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From Deron Eriksson <>
Subject January 2016 SystemML Incubator Podling Report - Draft
Date Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:57:11 GMT

The January 2016 SystemML Incubator Podling Report is due tomorrow (Jan
6th). Here is a rough draft that I threw together. Feel free to
change/comment/etc. I tried to stress that we need our JIRA server up.
Luciano, Mike, and I have access to edit the Apache Incubator Wiki page ( If any other
committer needs edit access to the Apache Incubator Wiki, please see the
thread on the systemml dev and general incubator mailing lists.




SystemML provides declarative large-scale machine learning (ML) that aims at
flexible specification of ML algorithms and automatic generation of hybrid
runtime plans ranging from single node, in-memory computations, to
distributed computations such as Apache Hadoop MapReduce and Apache Spark.

SystemML has been incubating since 2015-11-02.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

  1. Grow SystemML community: increase mailing list activity,
     increase adoption of SystemML for scalable machine learning, encourage
     data scientists to adopt DML and PyDML algorithm scripts, respond to
     user feedback to ensure SystemML meets the requirements of real-world
     situations, write papers, and present talks about SystemML.

  2. Core library improvements, including Apache Spark integration.

  3. Produce a release

Any issues that the Incubator PMC or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

  The community is blocked by INFRA-10714. Not having the JIRA server
  data in a correct state for two months is affecting our ability to manage
  issues and makes it very difficult to delegate issues to new users to grow
  our community. We will manually handle the missing fields if the JIRA data
  can't be imported.

How has the community developed since the last report?

  Users have asked several excellent questions on the dev list, and existing
  committers are actively helping these users. The project is receiving pull
  requests from contributors, committers have discussed these pull requests
  with their contributors, and contributions have been merged into the
  Matthias Boehm has presented talks regarding the SystemML Optimizer at
  TU Dresden, HTW Dresden, and TU Berlin.

How has the project developed since the last report?

  Numerous core library improvements have been made to project. Additional
  documentation has been created to help new users. The test suite has been
  refactored to increase maintainability and performance.

Date of last release:


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