[openstack-dev] TC candidacy

Chris Behrens cbehrens at codestud.com
Wed Oct 9 23:05:32 UTC 2013

Hi all,

I'd like to announce my candidacy for a seat on the OpenStack
Technical Committee.

- General background -

I have over 15 years of experience designing and building distributed
systems.  I am currently a Principal Engineer at Rackspace, where
I have been for a little over 3 years now.  Most of my time at
Rackspace has been spent working on OpenStack as both a developer
and a technical leader.  My first week at Rackspace was spent at
the very first OpenStack Design Summit in Austin where the project
was announced.

Prior to working at Rackspace, I held various roles over 14 years
at Concentric Network Corporation/XO Communications including Senior
Software Architect and eventually Director of Engineering.  My main
focus there was on an award winning web/email hosting platform which
we'd built to be extremely scalable and fault tolerant.  While my
name is not on this patent, I was heavily involved with the development
and design that led to US6611861.

- Why am I interested? -

This is my 3rd time running and I don't want to be considered a failure!

But seriously, as I have mentioned in the past, I have strong
feelings for OpenStack and I want to help as much as possible to
take it to the next level.  I have a lot of technical knowledge and
experience building scalable distributed systems.  I would like to
use this knowledge for good, not evil.

- OpenStack contributions -

As I mentioned above, I was at the very first design summit, so
I've been involved with the project from the beginning.  I started
the initial work for nova-scheduler shortly after the project was
opened.  I also implemented the RPC support for kombu, making sure
to properly support reconnecting and so forth which didn't work
quite so well with the carrot code.  I've contributed a number of
improvements designed to make nova-api more performant.  I've worked
on the filter scheduler as well as designing and implementing the
first version of the Zones replacement that we named 'Cells'.  And
most recently, I was involved in the design and implementation of
the unified objects code in nova.

During Icehouse, I'm hoping to focus on performance and stabilization
while also helping to finish objects conversion.

- Summary -

I feel my years of experience contributing to and leading large scale
technical projects along with my knowledge of the OpenStack projects
will provide a good foundation for technical leadership.


- Chris

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