[openstack-dev] [all] Proposal: Architecture Working Group
lildee1991 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 09:23:10 UTC 2016
I'd like to take part as well, so count me in.
2016-06-20 10:23 GMT+03:00 Ghe Rivero <ghe.rivero at gmail.com>:
> Hi all!
> I really like the idea of the group, so count me in!
> Ghe Rivero
> Quoting Clint Byrum (2016-06-17 23:52:43)
> > ar·chi·tec·ture
> > ˈärkəˌtek(t)SHər/
> > noun
> > noun: architecture
> > 1.
> > the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
> > synonyms:building design, building style, planning, building,
> > formalarchitectonics
> > "modern architecture"
> > the style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially
> with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
> > plural noun: architectures
> > "Victorian architecture"
> > 2.
> > the complex or carefully designed structure of something.
> > "the chemical architecture of the human brain"
> > the conceptual structure and logical organization of a computer or
> computer-based system.
> > "a client/server architecture"
> > synonyms:structure, construction, organization, layout, design,
> build, anatomy, makeup;
> > informalsetup
> > "the architecture of a computer system"
> > Introduction
> > =========
> > OpenStack is a big system. We have debated what it actually is ,
> > and there are even t-shirts to poke fun at the fact that we don't have
> > good answers.
> > But this isn't what any of us wants. We'd like to be able to point
> > at something and proudly tell people "This is what we designed and
> > implemented."
> > And for each individual project, that is a possibility. Neutron can
> > tell you they designed how their agents and drivers work. Nova can
> > tell you that they designed the way conductors handle communication
> > with API nodes and compute nodes. But when we start talking about how
> > they interact with each other, it's clearly just a coincidental mash of
> > de-facto standards and specs that don't help anyone make decisions when
> > refactoring or adding on to the system.
> > Oslo and cross-project initiatives have brought some peace and order
> > to the implementation and engineering processes, but not to the design
> > process. New ideas still start largely in the project where they are
> > needed most, and often conflict with similar decisions and ideas in other
> > projects [dlm, taskflow, tooz, service discovery, state machines, glance
> > tasks, messaging patterns, database patterns, etc. etc.]. Often times
> > creates a log jam where none of the projects adopt a solution that would
> > align with others. Most of the time when things finally come to a head
> > these things get done in a piecemeal fashion, where it's half done here,
> > 1/3 over there, 1/4 there, and 3/4 over there..., which to the outside
> > looks like <architecture> chaos, because that's precisely what it is.
> > And this isn't always a technical design problem. OpenStack, for
> > isn't really a micro service architecture. Of course, it might look like
> > that in diagrams , but we all know it really isn't. The compute node
> > home to agents for every single concern, and the API interactions between
> > the services is too tightly woven to consider many of them functional
> > without the same lockstep version of other services together. A game to
> > play is ask yourself what would happen if a service was isolated on its
> > own island, how functional would its API be, if at all. Is this something
> > that we want? No. But there doesn't seem to be a place where we can go
> > to actually design, discuss, debate, and ratify changes that would help
> > us get to the point of gathering the necessary will and capability to
> > enact these efforts.
> > Maybe nova-compute should be isolated from nova, with an API that
> > nova, cinder and neutron talk to. Maybe we should make the scheduler
> > cross-project aware and capable of scheduling more than just nova
> > instances. Maybe we should have experimental groups that can look at how
> > some of this functionality could perhaps be delegated to non-openstack
> > projects. We hear that Mesos, for example to help with the scheduling
> > aspects, but how do we discuss these outside hijacking threads on the
> > mailing list? These are things that we all discuss in the hallways
> > and bars and parties at the summit, but because they cross projects at
> > the design level, and are inherently a lot of social and technical and
> > exploratory work, Many of us fear we never get to a place of turning
> > our dreams into reality.
> > So, with that, I'd like to propose the creation of an Architecture
> > Group. This group's charge would not be design by committee, but a place
> > for architects to share their designs and gain support across projects
> > to move forward with and ratify architectural decisions. That includes
> > coordinating exploratory work that may turn into being the base of
> > architectural decisions for OpenStack. I would expect that the people
> > in this group would largely be senior at the companies involved and,
> > if done correctly, they can help prioritize this work by advocating for
> > people/fellow engineers to actually make it 'real'. This will give weight
> > to specs and implementation changes to make these designs a reality,
> > and thus I believe this group would do well to work closely with the
> > Oslo Team, where many of the cross-cutting efforts will need to happen.
> > How to get involved
> > ===================
> > If the idea is well received, I'd like to propose a bi-weekly IRC
> > meeting at a time convenient for the most interested individuals. I'd
> > also like to see a #openstack-architecture channel for gathering real
> > time chatter about architecture, and an architecture tag. Finally, I'd
> > like to see this group collaborate on direct work using the existing
> > openstack-specs repository.
> > In closing
> > ==========
> > First, thanks for reading this whole message and considering this
> > evolution of our processes. I am excited to begin this discussion, and
> > hope that we can arrive at a plan quickly that leads to us all being
> > able to discuss the architecture of OpenStack productively.
> > Also, thanks to those of you who helped me review and edit this document.
> > 
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