Meet the project team leads (PTLs) and find out how to get involved.

Each release cycle, OpenStack project team leads (PTLs) introduce themselves, talk about upcoming features for the OpenStack projects they manage, plus how you can get involved and influence the roadmap.

Superuser will feature weekly summaries of the videos; you can also catch them on the OpenStack Foundation YouTube channel. This post covers Designate, Glance and Trove.

Designate

What Designate
The mission of the project is to provide scalable, on demand, self service access to authoritative DNS services, in technology-agnostic manner.

Who Graham Hayes, PTL, and senior software engineer, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Burning issues

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“We have a major component called MiniDNS that’s quite slow, (so) there’s a wider community discussion right now about whether we should re-write it in a different language than Python,” he says. “That discussion is still ongoing.”

What’s next

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“End users always want us to improve docs, we can see that from the User Survey so one of the things we’re pushing for is to improve the docs that we have,” he added. “One of the things we want to do this cycle is push all of our docs to the right places” and make sure they can be found in the operations guide, the user guide, the API guide and the install guide.

What matters in Newton

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“We’ve implemented two out of the three DNS servers users asked for so far,” Hayes says. “These things people asked us for, so we’ve just gone and done them.”

Get involved!

Use Ask OpenStack for general questions
For roadmap or development issues, subscribe to the OpenStack development mailing list, and use the tag [designate]
Participate in the weekly meetings: held at #openstack-meeting-alt on freenode at 17:00 UTC every Wednesday.

Glance

What Glance
provides a service where users can upload and discover data assets that are meant to be used with other services, like images for Nova and templates for Heat.

Who Nikhil Komawar, PTL. Day job: Software developer, IBM.

Burning issues

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“We’re trying to come up with different mechanisms, like asynchronous and synchronous mechanism to upload data into Glance in a unified way, to make it more interoperable for OpenStack clients and other clients,” he says. “You can use that discoverability aspect of the API and have a seamless experience.”

What’s next

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What matters in Newton

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“We’re addressing a lot of interoperability issues for this cycle and beyond. It’s going to provide a better end experience for users and users of the other OpenStack core services,” he added.

Get involved!

Use Ask OpenStack for general questions
For roadmap or development issues, subscribe to the OpenStack development mailing list, and use the tag [glance]
Participate in the weekly meetings: held in #openstack-meeting-4 on Freenode Thursdays at 14:00.

Trove

What Trove
The mission of the project is to provide scalable and reliable cloud database-as-a-service functionality for both relational and non-relational database engines and to continue to improve its fully-featured and extensible open source framework.

Who Amrith Kumar, PTL, as well as founder and CTO of Tesora Inc.

Burning issues

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“We had some interesting conversations around containers,” he says. “and how people can orchestrate databases within containers.”

What’s next

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“We have a fair amount of feedback from end users of Trove, I’m lucky in that regard,” he added. “If (you’re) interested in data bases feel free to come and comment on our specs, we value your input.”

What matters in Newton

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We want to rapidly improve but as we add capabilities we want to make sure we’re also maintaining interoperability with older clouds and no loss of data, he says.

Get involved!

“Trove has evolved very rapidly and been able to deliver a significant basket of capabilities for users,” he says. OpenStack users who have data bases should definitely check Trove out. It’s relatively easy to get it up and running. And you’ll find it’s a powerful addition to your existing OpenStack Cloud.”

Kumar says if you want to get started they are always looking for new contributors, “We can absolutely use your help – check out IRC or launchpad for bugs, where there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit or if you wish to contribute to documentation we need help there, too.”

Use Ask OpenStack for general questions
For roadmap or development issues, subscribe to the OpenStack development mailing list, and use the tag [trove]
Participate in the weekly meetings held weekly on Wednesdays at 18:00 UTC in #openstack-meeting-alt.

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