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From Jake Farrell <jfarr...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Horn into the ASF incubator
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:33:40 GMT
+1

-Jake

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 7:13 PM, Edward J. Yoon <edwardyoon@apache.org>
wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> I would like to call a vote to accept Horn, as a new Apache Incubator
> project. The full proposal is available at the end of this mail and as
> a https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/HornProposal (the changes from
> initial discussion draft are addition of 2 committers from cldi-kaist
> team and Rich as a mentor).
>
> The VOTE is open for at least the next 72 hours:
>
> [ ] +1 Accept Horn into the Apache Incubator
> [ ] 0
> [ ] -1 Do not accept Horn into the Apache Incubator bc ..
>
> I'd like to get the voting started w/ my own +1
>
> Thanks!
>
> == Abstract ==
>
> Horn [hɔ:n] (korean meaning of Horn is a "Spirit") is a neuron-centric
> programming APIs and execution framework for large-scale deep
> learning, built on top of Apache Hama.
>
> == Proposal ==
>
> It is a goal of the Horn to provide a neuron-centric programming APIs
> which allows user to easily define the characteristic of artificial
> neural network model and its structure, and its execution framework
> that leverages the heterogeneous resources on Hama and Hadoop YARN
> cluster.
>
> == Background ==
>
> The initial ANN code was developed at Apache Hama project by a
> committer, Yexi Jiang (Facebook) in 2013. The motivation behind this
> work is to build a framework that provides more intuitive programming
> APIs like Google's MapReduce or Pregel and supports applications
> needing large model with huge memory consumptions in distributed way.
>
> == Rationale ==
>
> While many of deep learning open source softwares such as Caffe,
> DeepDist, DL4j, and NeuralGiraph are still data or model parallel
> only, we aim to support both data and model parallelism and also
> fault-tolerant system design. The basic idea of data and model
> parallelism is use of the remote parameter server to parallelize model
> creation and distribute training across machines, and the BSP
> framework of Apache Hama for performing asynchronous mini-batches.
> Within single BSP job, each task group works asynchronously using
> region barrier synchronization instead of global barrier
> synchronization, and trains large-scale neural network model using
> assigned data sets in BSP paradigm. Thus, we achieve data and model
> parallelism. This architecture is inspired by Google's !DistBelief
> (Jeff Dean et al, 2012).
>
> == Initial Goals ==
>
> Some current goals include:
>
>  * builds new community
>  * provides more intuitive programming APIs
>  * needs both data and model parallelism support
>  * must run natively on both Hama and Hadoop2
>  * needs also GPUs and InfiniBand support (FPGAs if possible)
>
> == Current Status ==
>
> === Meritocracy ===
>
> The core developers understand what it means to have a process based
> on meritocracy. We will provide continuous efforts to build an
> environment that supports this, encouraging community members to
> contribute.
>
> === Community ===
>
> A small community has formed within the Apache Hama project community,
> universities, and companies such as deep learning startup, instant
> messenger service company, and mobile manufacturing company. And many
> people are interested in the large-scale deep learning platform
> itself. By bringing Horn into Apache, we believe that the community
> will grow even bigger.
>
> === Core Developers ===
>
> Edward J. Yoon, Thomas Jungblut, Jungin Lee, and Minho Kim
>
> == Known Risks ==
>
> === Orphaned Products ===
>
> Apache Hama is already a core open source component at Samsung
> Electronics, and Horn also will be used by Samsung Electronics and
> Cldi Inc., and so there is no direct risk for this project to be
> orphaned.
>
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
>
> Some are very new and the others have experience using and/or working
> on Apache open source projects.
>
> === Homogeneous Developers ===
>
> The initial committers are from different organizations such as,
> Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Seoul National University, Technical
> University of Munich, KAIST, LINE plus, and Cldi Inc.
>
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
>
> Few will be worked as a full-time open source developer. Other
> developers will also start working on the project in their spare time.
>
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
>
>  * Horn is based on Apache Hama
>  * Apache Zookeeper is used for distributed locking service
>  * Natively run on Apache Hadoop and Mesos
>  * Horn can be somewhat overlapped with Singa podling (If possible,
> we'd also like to use Singa or Caffe to do the heavy lifting part).
>
> === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
>
> Horn itself will hopefully have benefits from Apache, in terms of
> attracting a community and establishing a solid group of developers,
> but also the relation with Apache Hadoop, Zookeeper, and Hama. These
> are the main reasons for us to send this proposal.
>
> == Documentation ==
>
> Initial plan about Horn can be found at
> http://blog.udanax.org/2015/06/googles-distbelief-clone-project-on.html
>
> == Initial Source ==
>
> The initial source code has been release as part of Apache Hama
> project developed under Apache Software Foundation. The source code is
> currently hosted at
>
> https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/hama/trunk/ml/src/main/java/org/apache/hama/ml/ann/
>
> == Cryptography ==
>
> Not applicable.
>
> == Required Resources ==
>
> === Mailing Lists ===
>
>  * horn-private
>  * horn-dev
>
> === Subversion Directory ===
>
>  * Git is the preferred source control system: git://git.apache.org/horn
>
> === Issue Tracking ===
>
>  * a JIRA issue tracker, HORN
>
> == Initial Committers ==
>
>  * Thomas Jungblut (tjungblut AT apache DOT org)
>  * Edward J. Yoon (edwardyoon AT apache DOT org)
>  * Dongjin Lee (dongjin.lee.kr AT gmail DOT com)
>  * Minho Kim (minwise.kim AT samsung DOT com)
>  * Jungin Lee (jilee AT clid DOT io)
>  * Kyunghyun Paeng (khpaeng AT kaist DOT ac DOT kr)
>  * Chia-Hung Lin (chl501 AT apache DOT org)
>  * Behroz Sikander (behroz.sikander AT tum DOT de)
>  * Kisuk Lee (ks881115 AT gmail DOT com)
>
> == Affiliations ==
>
>  * Thomas Jungblut (Microsoft)
>  * Edward J. Yoon (Samsung Electronics)
>  * Donjin Lee (LINE Plus)
>  * Minho Kim (Samsung Electronics)
>  * Jungin Lee (Cldi Inc.)
>  * Kyunghyun Paeng (KAIST)
>  * Chia-Hung Lin (Self)
>  * Behroz Sikander (Technical University of Munich)
>  * Kisuk Lee (Seoul National University)
>
> == Sponsors ==
>
> === Champion ===
>
>  * Edward J. Yoon <ASF member, Samsung Electronics>
>
> === Nominated Mentors ===
>
>  * Luciano Resende <ASF member, IBM>
>  * Robin Anil <ASF member, Tock>
>  * Edward J. Yoon <ASF member, Samsung Electronics>
>  * Rich Bowen <ASF member, Red Hat>
>
> === Sponsoring Entity ===
>
> The Apache Incubator
>
> --
> Best Regards, Edward J. Yoon
>
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