[openstack-dev] Nova PTL candidacy

Vishvananda Ishaya vishvananda at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 19:58:30 UTC 2012

Hello Everyone,

I'm writing to announce my candidacy for the Project Technical Lead of Nova for the Grizzly Release cycle.


I was part of the original Anso Labs Team that created Nova at NASA[1]. I have more commits to nova than any other contributor[2] and the second most in the past 12 months[3]. I am the most active reviewer for nova commits[4] I have been the Nova PTL since the position waw created[5].

Folsom Accomplishments

A lot was achieved in Nova during this cycle. I have to give most of the credit to the active contributors we had. I don't have space to cover everything that we achieved during the release but here are some key points:

* Split the volume code into its own project and helped it get under way.
* Versioned the rpc apis
* Improved api testing and xml support
* Moved instances to using exclusively UUIDs
* Improved our state management and minimized race conditions
* Cleaned up the quota management to make it more robust

Grizzly Plan

While there is a great deal to be determined at the design summit, I think there are a few key things that we need to focus on over the next cycle.

* Spreadi
* No DB compute: We did a huge amount of preparation during folsom to allow us to remove database access from the compute nodes. This will dramatically improve the security profile of nova and allow us to scale
* Better quantum integration: We are very close to a seamless integration with quantum where a provider could be using quantum on the backend and end-users wouldn't even have to know.
* Upgrade consistency: Now that we have rpc versioning, we should be able to take steps to allow for the possibility of live upgrades
* Better support for custom backends: we need to solidify the driver interfaces so custom backends can potentially live out-of-tree. This will allow the management


[1] https://github.com/openstack/nova/commit/f04c6ab2d082ce8fe48ec58cb5c7cc64ed2a282b
[2] http://www.ohloh.net/p/novacc/contributors?query=&sort=commits
[3] http://www.ohloh.net/p/novacc/contributors
[5] https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg01674.html

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