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From Marvin Humphrey <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Apache Dataflow Incubator Proposal
Date Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:12:12 GMT
On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 8:32 AM, James Malone
<> wrote:

> == Abstract ==
> Dataflow is an open source, unified model and set of language-specific SDKs
> for defining and executing data processing workflows, and also data
> ingestion and integration flows, supporting Enterprise Integration Patterns
> (EIPs) and Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Dataflow pipelines simplify
> the mechanics of large-scale batch and streaming data processing and can
> run on a number of runtimes like Apache Flink, Apache Spark, and Google
> Cloud Dataflow (a cloud service). Dataflow also brings DSL in different
> languages, allowing users to easily implement their data integration
> processes.

In general this seems like an excellent project and a well-thought-through and
viable proposal -- I certainly anticipate that it will be accepted for
incubation in one form or another.

However, how does this "Dataflow" project relate to the programming paradigm
of "dataflow programming"?

Besides the potential for confusion, it seems like the proposed project name
would be tough to defend as a trademark.

> With respect to trademark rights, Google does not hold a trademark on the
> phrase “Dataflow.” Based on feedback and guidance we receive during the
> incubation process, we are open to renaming the project if necessary for
> trademark or other concerns.

If a renaming is going to happen, there are advantages to renaming sooner
rather than later and sparing the community additional disruption.

Marvin Humphrey

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