[openstack-dev] [ptl][election][mistral] Renat Akhmerov PTL candidacy

Renat Akhmerov rakhmerov at mirantis.com
Tue Mar 15 11:02:04 UTC 2016


My name is Renat Akhmerov. I decided to run for Mistral PTL for Newton release cycle.

I've been working on the project since its initiation. I've been driving it, designing
architecture and did a lot of coding, especially in the first year. I try to review all
the patches coming in. I've also been presenting the project at lots of conferences
including OpenStack summits for more than two years. I think we've done a great work
together with the team to put Mistral to where it is now. Thanks to everyone who worked
with us. Special thanks to folks from Mirantis, StackStorm, Huawei, Catalyst IT, Nokia,
Alcatel-Lucent, 99Cloud, RedHat and Nec.

Mitaka was really the first cycle when I felt huge growth of interest to the project
in the community. The number of emails and people coming to our IRC channel became
really impressive. I'm now completely convinced that what we're doing is demanded.

As far as technical contribution, I should admit that Mitaka was not the best cycle
for us. And I'm taking responsibility for it. I didn't have a chance to work on the
project significant part of my time, hence not so many things were done in the project
from what we planned in Tokyo. Despite that, we were able to fix a number of important
issues and added several important new features as "Resource sharing between tenants"
and new actions for some of the OpenStack projects that we didn't support: Barbican,
Swift, Trove etc. Now Mistral is integrated natively with almost all core OpenStack
services. As far as my personal contribution, I again have an opportunity to spend
significant time working on Mistral. I'm still passionate about the technology we're
making, have lots of ideas that I'm willing to get implemented and I feel hunger to
work on all of that. I'm still seeing that one of the most important pieces of work
is making Mistral work in HA mode reliably. We now have a certain plan for it and
started working on its implementation.

Other things that I'd love to address during the Newton cycle are:
* Implement RESTful API and CLI of version 3 that would fix all visible downsides of
  version 2
* Significantly improve Mistral usability when using both CLI and UI
* Significantly improve Mistral documentation
* Provide clear guidance and tooling for developing custom actions

What I am already proud of is the workflow language that we've designed. I don't
see many ways how we should be improving it. In my opinion, it balances simplicity
with power very well and for that reason it is perceived by users very positively.

My goal is still to build a really useful and beutiful technology.


The corresponding commit to openstack/election repo is [1].

[1] https://review.openstack.org/#/c/292815/1 <https://review.openstack.org/#/c/292815/1>

Renat Akhmerov
@ Mirantis Inc.

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