Welcome to Last week on OpenStack Dev (“Lwood”) for the week just past. For more background on Lwood, please refer here.

Basic Stats for week 25 April to 1 May 2016:

  • ~325 Messages (down about 57% relative to last week)
  • ~106 Unique threads (down about 44% relative to last week)

No surprises – the week of the Austin Summit saw a significant drop in both the number of Messages and Threads on the list.

Notable Discussions

Changes to Summit format

While they weren’t discussed much this week on the dev list itself, there were at least two sessions at last week’s Summit which dug into proposed changes to the format of future Summits (Etherpads here and here).  I’ll attempt to summarise the state of play;

Thierry Carrez described the main change as “Split and Stagger” and provided a diagram that broadly illustrates the intent.

The Summit itself will retain the more end user/commercial sort of focus that has driven much of the schedule of the event and attracted the numerical majority of attendees in recent years.

So that the valuable work of end user to developer collaboration can continue at the Summit, specific Forums will be held to gather requirements, feedback, come up with priorities and the like.  It is these Forums where contributor/project teams will have some representation – PTLs and/or individual developers.  The exact nature of these Forums is being discussed.

The Summit Schedule and location will pretty much continue as it has been to date – North America then Europe/Asia, April-ish and October-ish.

The proposal then calls for Project Team Gatherings (PTGs) which will provide an opportunity for Project team(s) to get together and get work done.  These will be a “distributed” version of the design summit in so far as the co-location of projects will be a bit more ad-hoc.

Timing for the PTGs is expected to be the end of February and the end of August with the first two events probably being held in locations in North America to bootstrap things and establish baseline costs.  Thereafter the intent seems to be to follow a North America then rest of the world style split much like the Summit.

Within the PTG events themselves, the schedule will be somewhat loose – when projects are co-located all-hands style lunches will be the main schedule synchronisation point.  Teams are free to organise their own social events, possibly with a single major get together for the event when multiple projects are co-located.

While the final details are still being determined, it looks likely that participation in a PTG event will permit discounted or free attendance to the Summit, somewhat analogous to the arrangement for current ATCs.

Austin OpenStack Summit Wrapup

The big news for the week past was of course the Summit in Austin.  A well attended and well run event, I count myself fortunate to have been able to attend courtesy of my employer, Rackspace.

Other than co-presenting the session “And Now For Our Regularly Scheduled OpenStack Roadmap Update!” alongside my Product Working Group colleagues Carol Barrett and Nate Ziemann, I mostly stuck to the Design Summit sessions.  Summarising even this subset of the event would be an all but impossible task, but a few things that caught my attention.

Mailing List summaries

Most Project summaries end up in the various Etherpads (discussed below) but some good posts to the mailing list too;


A colleague in the Product Working Group suggested that given the mailing list would be quiet, perhaps I could summarise all the Etherpads.  I looked into this and, well, doing it comprehensively is a task beyond my modest abilities and available time, but a few pointers might be of use;

Want to test your code on a real 1,000 node cluster – for free ?

Check out the OSIC clusters.  Disclaimer – I work for Rackspace who along with Intel kicked off the project – but it’s pretty cool I reckon and is already proving quite a boon for OpenStack developers :)

OpenStack Health CI Result visualisation tool

Masayuki Igawa notes that the rather neat looking openstack-health project would welcome feedback on their initial release of this Visualisation tool for CI results.

Looks pretty slick – check it out :)

Upcoming OpenStack Events

Aside from a few posts relating to Summit specific (and so now passed) events, just the one event related thread this week;


Don’t forget the OpenStack Foundation’s comprehensive Events Page for a comprehensive list that is frequently updated.

People and Projects

Core nominations & changes

None noted this past week, apologies if there were and I missed them!

Further Reading & Miscellanea

Don’t forget these excellent sources of OpenStack news – most recent ones linked in each case

This edition of Lwood brought to you from various points on the road to San Antonio, Texas, USA. For no particular reason, no tunes this time :)

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