[openstack-dev] The Evolution of core developer to maintainer?

Joshua Harlow harlowja at outlook.com
Thu Apr 2 16:58:56 UTC 2015

Jay Pipes wrote:
> On 04/01/2015 12:31 PM, Duncan Thomas wrote:
>> On 1 April 2015 at 10:04, Joshua Harlow <harlowja at outlook.com
>> <mailto:harlowja at outlook.com>> wrote:
>> +1 to this. There will always be people who will want to work on fun
>> stuff and those who don't; it's the job of leadership in the
>> community to direct people if they can (but also the same job of
>> that leadership to understand that they can't direct everyone; it is
>> open-source after all and saying 'no' to people just makes them run
>> to some other project that doesn't do this...).
>> IMHO (and a rant probably better for another thread) but I've seen
>> to many projects/specs/split-outs (ie, scheduler tweaks, constraint
>> solving scheduler...) get abandoned because of cores saying this or
>> that is the priority right now (and this in all honesty pisses me
>> off); I don't feel this is right (cores should be leaders and
>> guides, not dictators); if a core is going to tell anyone that then
>> they better act as a guide to the person they are telling that to
>> and make sure they lead that person they just told "no"; after all
>> any child can say "no" but it takes a real man/woman to go the extra
>> distance...
>> So I think saying no is sometimes a vital part of the core team's role,
>> keeping up code quality and vision is really hard to do while new
>> features are flooding in, and doing architectural reworking while
>> features are merging is an epic task. There are also plenty of features
>> that don't necessarily fit the shared vision of the project; just
>> because we can do something doesn't mean we should. For example: there
>> are plenty of companies trying to turn Openstack into a datacentre
>> manager rather than a cloud (i.e. too much focus on pets .v. cattle
>> style VMs), and I think we're right to push back against that.
> Amen to the above. All of it.
>> Right now there are some strong indications that there are areas we are
>> very weak at (nova network still being preferred to neutron, the amount
>> of difficultly people had establishing 3rd party CI setups for cinder)
>> that really *should* be prioritised over new features.
>> That said, some projects can be worked on successfully in parallel with
>> the main development - I suspect that a scheduler split out proposal is
>> one of them. This doesn't need much/any buy-in from cores, it can be
>> demonstrated in a fairly complete state before it is evaluated, so the
>> only buyi-in needed is on the concept.
> Ha, I had to laugh at this last paragraph :) You mention the fact that
> nova-network is still very much in use in the paragraph above (for good
> reasons that have been highlighted in other threads). And yet you then
> go on to suspect that a nova-scheduler split would something that would
> be successfully worked on in parallel...
> The Gantt project tried and failed to split the Nova scheduler out
> (before it had any public or versioned interfaces). The "solver
> scheduler" has not gotten any traction not because as Josh says "some
> cores are acting like dictators" but because it doesn't solve the right
> problem: it makes more complex scheduling placement decisions in a
> different way from the Nova scheduler, but it doesn't solve the
> distributed scale problems in the Nova scheduler architecture.
> If somebody developed an external generic resource placement engine that
> scaled in a distributed, horizontal fashion and that had well-documented
> public interfaces, I'd welcome that work and quickly work to add a
> driver for it inside Nova. But both Gantt and the solver scheduler fall
> victim to the same problem: trying to use the existing Nova scheduler
> architecture when it's flat-out not scalable.
> Alright, now that I've said that, I'll wait here for the inevitable
> complaints that as a Nova core, I'm being a dictator because I speak my
> mind about major architectural issues I see in proposals.

Let the beatings commence, haha. j/k :)

I think it's fine to speak your mind btw. I just wish we had a better 
way to speak our mind and somehow make more comprimises and/or engage 
those who may have the wrong idea (say about the solver scheduler) and 
instead engage them with some kind of 'something' to comprimise so that 
both the disagreeing party and the people working on said scheduler come 
to an agreement. Maybe that involves a lot of work (it does); maybe even 
phone calls <-> between folks... but it seems like something we need to 
work on to be a better and more accepting community.

> Best,
> -jay
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