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From Bruno Mahé <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept the iota project into the Apache Incubator
Date Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:30:27 GMT
+1 (non-binding)

On 01/16/2016 12:12 PM, Hadrian Zbarcea wrote:
> Hi,
> The iota proposal [1] (initially Tempo) was proposed about 6 weeks ago.
> Because of the naming conflict that would have likely required to 
> change name at graduation, the project name was changed to "Apache 
> iota" (the greek letter), which resonates better with the IoT field 
> the project targets and passed a summary podling name search.
> The code was made available in December for our review and answers on 
> the general@ list have been answered.
> We think it's time to move to the next step, a formal vote. Therefore...
> Please cast your vote to:
> [] +1 - accept Apache iota as a new incubating project
> []  0 - not sure
> [] -1 - do not accept the Apache iota project (because: ...)
> Thanks,
> Hadrian
> [1]
> [2]
> ---------------------
> iota Proposal
> Abstract
> The Apache Foundation has been very successful in bringing together 
> key software components that have enabled people to interact with each 
> other via a variety of content platforms and it will no doubt continue 
> to do so. At the same time modern society is becoming increasingly 
> dependent on devices that interact with each other and with people. 
> The amount of data that will be produced by devices will be orders of 
> magnitude greater than what has been produced by humans in the past. 
> In addition, the orchestration of devices and people will be an 
> important area of growth for the foreseeable future. This new dynamic 
> will eventually become manifest in a growing number of Apache projects 
> that enable this to occur. Our wish is to contribute to this movement 
> by contributing the iota system to the Open Source Community via the 
> Apache Foundation. Apache iota is an open platform to interconnect any 
> and all devices, sensors, people, and applications, henceforth 
> referred to as points, through a scalable, secure, and modular 
> architecture, enabling applications to generate analysis, create 
> actions and/or add intelligence to their behaviors and patterns.
> Proposal
> Perhaps you are a homeowner configuring the interaction between your 
> family and all the smart devices in your home. Or you might be a 
> global company orchestrating millions of devices and people across 
> different continents. Either way you face the same fundamental 
> problem; namely, how do you manage many points in a secure robust and 
> meaningful manner? Apache iota is an open source software system that 
> enables homeowners and global companies to download a software system 
> that provides secure and robust orchestration.
> The iota system consists of a variety of components:
> A basic but extensible desktop
> An extensible mechanism for capturing data from a variety of sources
> A set of translators that feed the data capture mechanism and a 
> framework for the development of additional translators
> A secure means of moving data using digital envelopes based on 
> symmetric and asymmetric encryption and decryption via Apache Kafka
> Optionally maintaining data encrypted in a datastore
> Support for a variety of data repositories
> Authentication and authorization using OAuth2
> Secure APIs for access to data and the system information
> User management
> Device management
> Automated software upgrades via Salt
> Configuration management
> Robust basic infrastructure based on Apache Mesos that enables 
> scalability
> Dockerized applications
> Background
> We are in the midst of a revolution in which the Internet of Things 
> (IoT) is poised to impact the development of our society in ways we 
> can not even begin to imagine. Unfortunately, we know of no coherent 
> OSS (Open Source Software) solution that can harness the 
> potentialities of this increasingly important trend. Manufacturers of 
> IoT devices, both in the consumer and industrial spaces, continue to 
> develop proprietary systems. Apache iota is an open source IoT system 
> that creates an open source solution enabling the orchestration of IoT 
> devices that brings the benefits of OSS to this space. Apache iota was 
> initially developed by Litbit and is deployed in a growing number of 
> Industrial contexts, especially in the context of Data Center 
> Infrastructure.
> Rationale
> Apache iota is a general platform for orchestrating IoT devices in 
> both consumer and industrial contexts. It is complementary to the 
> existing Apache projects and is itself built using of a number of 
> Apache projects. Bringing iota into Apache is very beneficial to both 
> the Apache community and the IoT community.
> The rapid growth of IoT needs to be harnessed in the Open Source 
> Community. We believe the Apache Foundation is a great fit as the 
> long-term home for iota, as it provides an established process for 
> community-driven development and decision making by consensus. This is 
> exactly the model we want for future iota development.
> Initial Goals
> Move the existing codebase to Apache
> Integrate with the Apache development process
> Ensure all dependencies are compliant with Apache License version 2.0
> Incremental development and releases per Apache guidelines
> Current Status
> Apache iota has undergone a major release (0.1) and is being used in 
> production by several global organizations. The iota codebase is 
> currently hosted at, which will seed the Apache git 
> repository.
> Meritocracy
> We plan to invest in supporting a meritocracy. We will discuss the 
> requirements in an open forum. Several companies have already 
> expressed interest in this project, and we intend to invite additional 
> developers to participate. We will encourage and monitor community 
> participation so that privileges can be extended to those that 
> contribute.
> Community
> The need for an open source IoT orchestration system is tremendous. 
> Apache iota is currently being used by several organizations 
> worldwide. By bringing iota into Apache, we believe that the community 
> will quickly grow and become a significant Apache offering.
> Core Developers
> iota was initially developed at Litbit by the following individuals:
> Rutvij Clerk
> Miron Costant
> Tony Faustini
> Reza Hajebi
> Amirhossein Jabbari
> Shahin Mowzoon
> Scott Noteboom
> Sydney Noteboom
> Omkar Prabhu
> Don Shields
> Alignment
> IoT orchestration is in need of an Open Source Solution. We believe 
> iota can be that solution and fill this need in the Apache 
> Foundation's offerings. We believe that iota will remove the barriers 
> imposed by proprietary solutions and usher in significant growth for 
> the Apache Foundation. The alignment is also beneficial to other 
> Apache communities (such as Zookeeper, Kafka, and Mesos). We could 
> include additional sub-projects in the future.
> Known Risks
> Orphaned Products
> There will be an initial need to ensure the availability and 
> robustness of an initial offering so that contributors and users are 
> highly incentivized to continue development. To this extent, 
> organizations can be encouraged to build critical business 
> applications around iota and the risk of the project being abandoned 
> will be minimized.
> Inexperience with Open Source
> Our lack of experience with Open Source is an area we will need 
> significant accompaniment with. We are more than willing to invest 
> time and resources to create a healthy open source project. During 
> that time, we will curate an open-source community and attract growing 
> numbers of developers from a diverse group of contributors.
> Homogenous Developers
> The initial committers will be from Litbit, a well funded startup. We 
> plan to grow iota with an active community of developers, and we are 
> committed to recruiting additional committers based on their 
> contributions to the project.
> Reliance on Salaried Developers
> It is expected that iota development will occur on both salaried time 
> and on volunteer time, after hours. The majority of initial committers 
> are paid by Litbit to contribute to this project. However, they are 
> all passionate about the project, and we are confident that the 
> project will continue even if no salaried developers contribute to the 
> project. We are committed to recruiting additional committers 
> including non-salaried developers.
> Relationships with Other Apache Products
> As mentioned in the Alignment section, iota is closely integrated with 
> Zookeeper, Kafka, and Mesos. We look forward to collaborating with 
> those communities, as well as other Apache communities.
> An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand
> iota will become a healthy and well known open source project. This 
> proposal is not for the purpose of generating publicity. Rather, the 
> primary benefits to joining Apache are those outlined in the Rationale 
> section.
> Documentation
> The reader will find these websites highly relevant:
> iota website: Coming soon
> iota documentation: Coming soon
> Codebase: Becoming public soon
> User group: Coming soon
> Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan
> The iota codebase is currently hosted on Github. To give you some idea 
> of what we will be contributing here are some basic statistics from 
> our current Github
> [...] (tables omitted as they don't render well; see online version 
> [1] for details)
> This is the exact codebase that we would migrate to the Apache 
> foundation.
> Upon entering Apache, iota will migrate to an Apache License 2.0 with 
> all contributions licensed to the Apache Foundation. In certain cases 
> if individuals or organizations hold copyright, we will ensure they 
> grant a license to the Apache Foundation. Going forward, all commits 
> will be licensed directly to the Apache foundation through our signed 
> Individual Contributor License Agreements for all committers on the 
> project. Upon entering Apache, Litbit will sign a Software Grant 
> Agreement (SGA):
> External Dependencies
> To the best of our knowledge, all of iota dependencies (except 0MQ) 
> are distributed under Apache compatible licenses. Upon acceptance to 
> the incubator, we would begin a thorough analysis of all transitive 
> dependencies to verify this fact and introduce license checking into 
> the build and release process (for instance integrating Apache Rat).
> iota has used 0MQ for some types of internal messaging, and 0MQ is 
> licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License. We are in the 
> process of making the iota messaging layer pluggable, and plan to use 
> Netty (which is licensed under Apache License v2) as our default 
> messaging plugin (while keeping 0MQ as an optional plugin).
> Cryptography
> We do not expect iota to be a controlled export item due to the use of 
> encryption. iota enables encryptions via a digital envelope using:
> RSA 128 Bits
> AES 128 Bits
> Required Resources
> Mailing lists
> iota-user
> iota-dev
> iota-commits
> iota-private (with moderated subscriptions)
> Subversion Directory
> Git is the preferred source control system: git://
> Issue Tracking
> JIRA iota (IOTA)
> Initial Committers
> Rutvij Clerk <rutvij at litbit dot com>
> Miron Costant <miron at litbit dot com>
> Tony Faustini <tony at litbit dot com >
> Reza Hajebi <reza at litbit dot com>
> Amirhossein Jabbari < amirhossein at litbit dot com>
> Shahin Mowzoon <shahin at litbit dot com>
> Scott Noteboom < notebooms at litbit dot com>
> Sydney Noteboom <sydney at litbit dot com>
> Omkar Prabhu <omkar at litbit dot com >
> Bill Salter <bsalter at enviseco dot com >
> Don Shields <dshields at litbit dot com >
> Affiliations
> Rutvij Clerk - Litbit
> Miron Costant - Litbit
> Tony Faustini - Litbit
> Reza Hajebi - Litbit
> Amirhossein Jabbari - Litbit
> Shahin Mowzoon - Litbit
> Scott Noteboom - Litbit
> Sydney Noteboom - Litbit
> Shailesh Patel - e2logy
> Omkar Prabhu - Litbit
> Bill Salter - Envise
> Don Shields - Litbit
> Sponsors
> Champion
> Hadrian Zbarcea <hadrian at apache dot org>
> Nominated Mentors
> Sterling Hughes <sterling at apache dot org>
> Daniel Gruno <humbedooh at apache dot org>
> Justin Mclean <justin at classsoftware dot com>
> Hadrian Zbarcea <hadrian at apache dot org>
> Sponsoring Entity
> The Apache Incubator
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