First cut of the schedule for the lca2014 OpenStack miniconf

I am pleased to announce our first draft of a schedule for the linux.conf.au 2014 OpenStack miniconf:

Time Talk
10:40 – 11:00 #Welcome
(Michael Still, Rackspace Australia)
11:00 – 11:25 #An introduction to OpenStack governance
(Tristan Goode, CEO Aptira and OpenStack Foundation Board Member)
11:35 – 12:20 #The OpenStack Project and Moving to a Foundation
(Paul Holland, Hewlett-Packard Company)
This session will examine the OpenStack Project, which is focused on developing a cloud computing platform for private and public clouds. The session will include the project’s history, contribution and licensing models, the formation of the OpenStack Foundation, the changes associated with moving the project to the OpenStack Foundation, and a more general discussion about moving an open source project to a foundation.
12:20 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 13:40 #Artifice: automated billing for Ceilometer
(Bruno Lago, Catalyst IT)
You have deployed OpenStack and is ready to take over the world with your awesome cloud services, but wait… “How am I going to bill my clients based on their usage?” Ceilometer gives you the usage information, but you still need to bridge it with your ERP, apply your service rates and generate the monthly bills. Comes to the rescue Artifice, an awesome tool written by Aurynn Shaw at Catalyst IT which allows you to plug Ceilometer to an ERP system (or generate simple CSV bills).
13:45 – 14:05 #OpenStack and the network: is there a better way?
(Iain Robertson, Brocade)
Brocade as a company has been active in OpenStack development, having been involved since May 2011. So far we’ve contributed code into Grizzly for both network control (Neutron) and block storage control (Cinder), specifically targeted at supporting some of Brocade’s Ethernet Fabric switches and Fibre Channel products; we’re actively working toward support for a wider range of platforms.This talk is intended to cover off what Brocade is doing a little differently in this space from a configuration perspective: specifically how we’re making sure that network configurations, once applied, work in exactly the way intended – regardless of any future changes to the network or broader OpenStack environment.
14:15 – 15:00 #Adding erasure codes to OpenStack Swift
(John Dickinson, Swiftstack)
OpenStack Swift is a great object storage system for application storage, but in some use cases the benefits of its replication model don’t outweight the cost of storing the replicated data.One way to reduce the total space used on-disk for storage is to use erasure codes. Erasure codes work by breaking the original data into chunks and storing them with some additional computed data so that the data can be recovered even if some of the chunks are unavailable. Erasure codes are not new: common implementations can be found in RAID systems and in DVD/BluRay disks.Members of the Swift community have come together to add the ability to use erasure codes to store users’ data. This talk will cover the design and implementation of this feature.

This talk will also show how the erasure code work enables very general and powerful storage policies.

15:00 – 15:40 Afternoon Tea
15:40 – 16:00 #How Did I Not Know This? Navigating OpenStack-Infra as a Developer.
(Anita Kuno, HP)
Everyday we get questions from knowledgeable and experienced OpenStack developers that don’t know that some of our help-yourself services exist, for instance ZuulTV. This is a short presentation that covers some of the services, how to find them, a bit of their history and how to get the most out of them.
16:05 – 16:25 #Diablo vs Havana: How OpenStack has matured
(Joe Gordon, HP)
OpenStack’s testing infrastructure uses Diablo and trunk based public clouds for running tests. Diablo had 469,000 lines of code while Havana already has over 1.3 million lines, but if Diablo was mostly working what have all those developers been working on? In addition to new user facing features thousands of bugs have been fixed and internals have been improved for performance and scalability all while supporting the same API. This talk will compare Diablo and Havana to show how OpenStack has evolved and matured.
16:35 – 16:55 #OpenStack at Canonical
(Brad Marshall, Canonical)
This talk will cover the use of Openstack at Canonical, both in production and development. It will also touch on Juju, the service orchestration tool we use to deploy to Openstack.
17:00 – 17:20 #The Nova v3 API
(Chris Yeoh, IBM)
This will be an overview of the Nova V3 API – what has changed from the V2 API and what changes you will need to make to any client applications using the REST API directly. We will also cover some examples of how to extend the Nova V3 API which will be of interest to those who want to write their own extensions or port those they have from the V2 API.

One week left for linux.conf.au 2014 OpenStack proposals

There’s only one week left to get your proposal for linux.conf.au 2014‘s OpenStack miniconf in! You can checkout our Call for Presentations in a previous post.

To get you in the mood for linux.conf.au 2014, here are the videos of OpenStack talks from linux.conf.au 2013.

There were of course heaps of other great talks at linux.conf.au 2013. You can see the complete set of videos on the Linux Australia mirror server.

OpenStack content at linux.conf.au 2014

Apart from the OpenStack miniconf at linux.conf.au 2014, there is also plenty of OpenStack related content in the main conference. So, this post is a tiny bit off topic in that its not about the miniconf, but I just want to quickly highlight some of the cool content in the main conference.

Some examples of the OpenStack related content in the conference are:

  • Continuous Integration for your database migrations
  • Provisioning Bare Metal with OpenStack
  • Processing Continuous Integration Log Events for Great Good
  • How OpenStack Improves Code Quality with Project Gating and Zuul
  • Going Global: Building Global Clusters for OpenStack Swift
  • Rapid OpenStack Deployment for Novices and Experts Alike

Not OpenStack related, but still really interesting to Stackers:

  • VirtIO 1.0: A Standard Emerges
  • Live upgrading many thousands of servers from an ancient RedHat 7.1 to a 10 year newer Debian
  • Python Packaging 2.0: Playing Well With Others
  • Python 3: Making the Leap!

There is more content still to be announced, so I will update the list as I find out more.

Don’t forget that the OpenStack miniconf CFP is still open for another two weeks! There is also an ATC meetup after the conference.

OpenStack ATC meetup at linux.conf.au 2014

Based on feedback from my mailing list post and post on this blog, it seems that there is sufficient interest in hosting a developer meetup after linux.conf.au 2014. Some details:

  • Who? The event is aimed at OpenStack Active Technical Contributors, but its not like I am going to check anyone’s commits or anything. This is more of a hackfest than a set of presentations though, so don’t expect lots of power point slide decks. Come along expecting to write code or documentation.
  • What? Anything about OpenStack development. I’m hoping that ATCs will take the chance to discuss what they are working on at the time, and how others can help out.
  • Where? Probably at University of Western Australia, but that’s still being confirmed.
  • When? The Saturday and Sunday after linux.conf.au 2014. That makes it 11 and 12 January 2014.

How do you register? That’s something I am sorting out todayish. Expect an update here soon. The event registration is handled through meetup.com.

Thoughts about an OpenStack developer meetup after linux.conf.au 2014?

Chris Yeoh suggested that given there are going to be a bunch of OpenStack developers in Perth for linux.conf.au 2014 that we should try and have a developer meetup after the conference. This is an awesome idea!

I’m thinking that the meetup needs to be after the conference because the conference is so early in the year. I also think we should try to limit the meetup to ATCs and prospective ATCs — in other words a developer focused event, not just a bunch of talks.

I’m thinking the meetup wouldn’t really be talks, but more group hacking and catching up on where features for Icehouse are and what we need to do to get them to land.

I asked on the openstack-dev list who would be interest in a meetup, and have had a few responses. If I get some good interest in the next few days I will try and lock this in before the end of the coming week so that people can get back to booking their travel.

So… please let me know if you’d be interested. You can do that by leaving a comment on this post.

A gentle reminder about the linux.conf.au 2014 OpenStack miniconf

Hi!

This post is a gentle reminder that the Call for Presentations for the linux.conf.au 2014 OpenStack miniconf is still open. The call will close in a month’s time on 1 November, so please don’t leave making a submission to the last minute.

Some examples of talks we’re interested in are: talks from OpenStack developers about what features they are working on for IceHouse; talks from deployers of OpenStack about their experiences and how others can learn from them; talks covering the functionality of OpenStack and how it can be used in new and interesting ways.

We currently have about half our speaking slots filled, and the day looks super interesting.

Some important details:

  • linux.conf.au runs from 6 to 10 January 2014 in Perth, Australia at the University of Western Australia
  • the mini-conference will be on Tuesday the 7th of January
  • proposals are due to the mini-conference organizer no later than 1 November
  • there are two types of talks — full length (45 minutes) and half length (20 minutes)

CFP submissions are made by completing this online form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iqwt6a2jWZ1yBGswoTt6Mfdw1j-RcuTN_u8qWZtpMiM/viewform

If you have questions about this call for presentations, please contact Michael Still at openstack-lca2014@lists.stillhq.com for more details.

Call For Presentations

linux.conf.au will be hosting the second OpenStack mini-conference to run in Australia. The first one was well attended, and this mini-conference will be the first OpenStack conference to be held on Australia’s west coast. The mini-conference is a day long event focusing on OpenStack development and operations, and is available to attendees of linux.conf.au.

The mini-conference is therefore calling for proposals for content. Speakers at the mini-conference must be registered for linux.conf.au 2014 as delegates, or discuss their needs with the mini-conference organizers if that isn’t possible.

Some examples of talks we’re interested in are: talks from OpenStack developers about what features they are working on for IceHouse; talks from deployers of OpenStack about their experiences and how others can learn from them; talks covering the functionality of OpenStack and how it can be used in new and interesting ways.

Some important details:

  • linux.conf.au runs from 6 to 10 January 2014 in Perth, Australia at the University of Western Australia
  • the mini-conference will be on Tuesday the 7th of January
  • proposals are due to the mini-conference organizer no later than 1 November
  • there are two types of talks — full length (45 minutes) and half length (20 minutes)

CFP submissions are made by completing this online form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iqwt6a2jWZ1yBGswoTt6Mfdw1j-RcuTN_u8qWZtpMiM/viewform

If you have questions about this call for presentations, please contact Michael Still at openstack-lca2014@lists.stillhq.com for more details.