[openstack-dev] [swift] Go! Swift!

John Dickinson me at not.mn
Thu Apr 30 18:06:02 UTC 2015

> On Apr 30, 2015, at 9:52 AM, Jay Pipes <jaypipes at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 04/30/2015 12:40 PM, John Dickinson wrote:
>> Swift is a scalable and durable storage engine for storing
>> unstructured data. It's been proven time and time again in production
>> in clusters all over the world.
>> We in the Swift developer community are constantly looking for ways
>> to improve the codebase and deliver a better quality codebase to
>> users everywhere. During the past year, the Rackspace Cloud Files
>> team has been exploring the idea of reimplementing parts of Swift in
>> Go. Yesterday, they released some of this code, called "hummingbird",
>> for the first time. It's been proposed to a "feature/hummingbird"
>> branch in Swift's source repo.
>> https://review.openstack.org/#/c/178851
>> I am very excited about this work being in the greater OpenStack
>> Swift developer community. If you look at the patch above, you'll see
>> that there are various parts of Swift reimplemented in Go. During the
>> next six months (i.e. before Tokyo), I would like us to answer this
>> question:
>> What advantages does a compiled-language object server bring, and do
>> they outweigh the costs of using a different language?
>> Of course, there are a ton of things we need to explore on this
>> topic, but I'm happy that we'll be doing it in the context of the
>> open community instead of behind closed doors. We will have a
>> fishbowl session in Vancouver on this topic. I'm looking forward to
>> the discussion.
> Awesome discussion topic. I've long argued that OpenStack should be the API, not the implementation, to allow for experimentation in other languages such as Golang.

Just a small clarification on the words here: this isn't a "re-implementation of Swift". This is part of Swift. It is code that is proposed to and managed by the governance structures set up by OpenStack and the OpenStack Swift community, therefore it is "Swift".

The important part is that this is done in the open. That's why I'm happy it's been proposed upstream.

> Kudos to the Rackspace Cloud Files team for this effort. I'll definitely dig into the code.


> Best,
> -jay
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