I’ve laid out the Dell Crowbar team‘s technical objectives for Crowbar 2.0. Now it’s time to lay out how we plan to involve the Crowbar community. We welcome community participation and contributions but, I’m not making any pretense here, that refactoring must also satisfy needs expressed by the “Dell OpenStack powered Cloud” and “Dell | Cloudera Apache Hadoop” solutions. There is a happy alignment between Dell’s needs and our community’s since both of these solutions are openly developed.
Our community played a substantial role in the definition of Crowbar 2.0. We have been watching and listening carefully and the majority of the changes will leverage recommendations and address concerns raised by Crowbar users.
The Dell Crowbar team has been working towards Crowbar 2 for quite a while. Networking and operating system code is already in place and our team began design requirements for the refactoring mid-June.
We have setup the following meeting for community engagement around the Crowbar refactoring. Our purpose is to enable development collaboration during the refactoring – these will not be “learning Crowbar” sessions.
Of course, we will continue to engage on the Crowbar list and Skype channels.
More on the 7/20 Design Summit
The purpose of the summit is strictly limited to discussing and organizing efforts around Crowbar 2.0 refactoring. To maintain a tight focus on this effort, we made the decision to limit the audience of this event by making it in-person and invitation only.
The Summit is not a broad discussion about Crowbar’s future with an open space format. We have a specific need and agenda – coordinating the development of 2.0. For that reason, we made to decision to restrict invitations to partners who are ready to commit substantial effort towards Crowbar development in the next 6 months. This is a technical session only: attendees must have first-hand experience coding Crowbar, be able to build the code and take on development or test commitments.
Because of the time limitations, we are holding a mandatory pre-summit brief about the design changes. This session will be open for the community and we welcome comments.
The agenda for the Design Summit is as follows:
- 8:30 (45 mins): Crowbar 2.0 Challenges & Objectives
- 9:15 (30 mins): Packaging and Delivery
- 9:45 (15 mins) Break
- 10:00 (30 mins): Networking
- 10:30 (30 mins): Data Representation and Framework
- 11:00 (30 mins): Next Steps, Future meetings & work assignments
- 11:30 official content ends & lunch
- 12:00 (30 mins) breakout sessions based on discussions above, TBD during summit
- 12:30 (30 mins) breakout sessions based on discussions above, TBD during summit
- 1:00 (30 mins) breakout sessions based on discussions above, TBD during summit
- 1:30 (30 mins) breakout sessions based on discussions above, TBD during summit
- 2:00 meeting ends
Post Script: A Community Design Summit
We have already begun discussing a true community summit with an open agenda. That summit will likely be a dedicated event in Austin, Texas with 2 (or more!) days of content. Please let me know if this is of interest to you so we can begin building the business case for hosting it!