Developers, start your engines.
The first of two 1,000 node clusters is now available to the community for upstream development and large-scale testing of OpenStack features and implementations. The second cluster will be available later this year.
Together, the clusters will make up the world’s largest developer test cloud — and Rackspace and Intel are now actively seeking developers eager to put their features to the test.
Funded by Intel, supported and maintained by Rackspace, the clusters are part of the two companies’ shared mission to accelerate enterprise adoption of OpenStack while adhering to open source principles. They’re doing this through the recently launched OpenStack Innovation Center.
“Scalability is where the rubber meets the road,” said Intel Director of Datacenter Software Planning David L. Brown at the OpenStack Tokyo session Tuesday evening where he, Vice President of Rackspace Private Cloud Darrin Hanson and Director of Datacenter & Cloud Software Engineering with Intel’s Open Source Technology Center Ruchi Bhargava announced the availability of the clusters and explained how they fit into the Innovation Center’s larger goals.
The inability to test at scale is one of the hindrances to wider adoption, Brown said, which is why Intel invested in the clusters, and why Rackspace will support them.
“We saw this stumbling block, so we made this investment,” he said. “Now, bring us your ideas and let’s test the cluster out.”
Rackspace and Intel have teamed up, said Hanson, because the two companies share the belief wider adoption will depend on OpenStack becoming more reliable, manageable, and scalable, with fewer bugs and more security.
Just as important, said Hanson, is that all the work done by the Innovation Center — and by extension those who test on the clusters — will be contributed upstream. Neither Intel nor Rackspace is interested in creating anything proprietary, he said: “We want to work with the community and stay aligned with the OpenStack Foundation.”
The Innovation Center is tackling those issues in the long run by also focusing on recruiting, training and hiring new talent, working with universities like the University of Texas at San Antonio and others to bring young engineers to the Innovation Center for specific training.
The multiple module training program, which includes the nuts and bolts of how to get your code reviewed, and accepted, also aims to get each new set of engineers mentoring the next. The first dozen have already graduated, and another 15 will start training next month, Hanson said. The next phase would be to open the training to other companies’ developers.
As a way to prioritize development, the team has created a shared road map, which Bhargava shared with the room. In addition to recruitment, and getting the clusters up and ready, one big focus has been on bug fixes. The Innovation Center team identified 560 bugs, and has already closed 211. Another 108 are actively being worked on, “and I think the team needs to be thanked for this accomplishment,” she said to applause.
Now, anyone who wants to help advance the roadmap can do so by going to go.rackspace.com/developercloud and filling out the request form. Requests should include user case details, likely outcomes and benefits, Brown said — as well as a commitment to share the results upstream. A governance board made up of Intel, Rackspace and OpenStack Foundation members will approve and prioritize the requests.
“Contributors: that’s who we are,” said Bhargava. “Contribute: that’s what we do. That’s our mantra. Join us.”