[openstack-dev] [cinder] PTL Candidacy

Duncan Thomas duncan.thomas at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 14:19:12 UTC 2014

This is an announcement of my standing for PTL of the Cinder project.

I've been an active member of the Cinder core team from day one, and
I've had the pleasure of working closely with John Griffith, the
incumbent PTL, and a large and varied collection of contributors for
that period.

My job is running block storage in HP's public cloud, as well as
working on our private cloud offering. This has give me a strong
emphasis on the day to day operational aspects of running Cinder at
scale, backward compatibility and the challenges of continuous
deployment of head-of-tree code in production.

I think Cinder is a project reaching technical maturity; it has a
strong team behind it, both core and non-core. We work well together,
and I see the main role of the PTL not as making decisions but in
enabling this community to progress as smoothly as possible. I've had
a great deal of success in driving forward the 3rd party CI
requirements, working with the infra team to work out process and
where necessary giving engineers the tools and leverage they need to
overcome roadblocks within their own companies. I feel that some
gentle shepherding in terms of review focus can help us increase our
velocity without disrupting the very successful way of working we
currently have.

The hugely successful mid-cycle meetup set the main goal of the Kilo
cycle as stability and paying down technical debt, and there are a
number of pieces of work started by myself and others that should
produce significant dividends in that area - state machine, cinder
agent, decoupling of drivers and connector types.

I have always encouraged anybody to reach out to me with questions and
concerns, and continue to do so. I look forward to continuing the
great work we've been doing.


Duncan Thomas
Cinder Core, and HP Cloud

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