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From Ralph Goers <ralph.go...@dslextreme.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept SkyWalking into the Apache Incubator
Date Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:01:53 GMT
+1 (binding)

Ralph

> On Dec 4, 2017, at 4:17 AM, mck <mck@apache.org> wrote:
> 
> 
> After some discussion on the SkyWalking proposal, I'd like to raise the
> vote on accepting SkyWalking into into the Apache Incubator.  
> 
> https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/b4e7205e77fe382b4cd096fb6da28b70053e0722b3dd7ae8ac389f8a@%3Cgeneral.incubator.apache.org%3E
> 
> 
> A vote for accepting a new Apache Incubator podling is a majority vote
> for which only Incubator PMC member votes are binding. 
> Votes from other people are also welcome as an indication of peoples
> enthusiasm (or lack thereof).
> 
> Please do not use this VOTE thread for discussions. If needed, start a
> new thread instead.
> 
> This vote will run for at least 72 hours. 
> Please VOTE as follows:
>    [] +1 Accept SkyWalking
>    [] +0 Abstain
>    [] -1 Do not accept Skywalking, because ...
> 
> 
> The proposal below is also on the wiki:
> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/SkyWalkingProposal
> 
> 
> = Abstract =
> Skywalking is an APM (application performance monitor), especially for
> microservice, Cloud Native and container-based architecture systems.
> Also known as a distributed tracing system. It provides an automatic way
> to instrument applications: no need to change any of the source code of
> the target application; and an collector with an very high efficiency
> streaming module.
> 
> = Proposal =
> The goal of this proposal is to bring the existing
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/skywalking|Skywalking]] codebase and
> existing developers and community into the Apache Software Foundation
> (ASF) in order to build a global, diverse and self-governed open source
> community in APM field. 
> 
> This project started in Open Source on GitHub about more than 2 years
> ago. Beginning with a small SDK and collector. So far the
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization|OpenSkywalking]]
> governs the project through the PMC and Committer Team. 
> 
> OpenSkywalking is submitting this proposal to donate the Skywalking
> sources code and  associated artifacts (documentation, web site content,
> wiki, etc.) to the Apache Software Foundation Incubator under the Apache
> License, Version 2.0. These artifacts are currently available on GitHub
> at https://github.com/OpenSkywalking and include:
> * Skywalking: The java sniffer(agent) for collecting data, and
> collector for analysing and persistence.
> * Skywalking-UI: The web UI for skywalking APM
> 
> ''Voted on submitting the proposal to the Incubator.
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization/issues/11|Check
> here]]''
> 
> = Background =
> Mircro-service, Cloud Native and container-based architecture system are
> becoming more and more popular, so the traditional monitoring, like
> application loggings, can provide less information because of the
> distributed isolates the relations. Based on the
> [[https://research.google.com/pubs/pub36356.html|Google Dapper paper]],
> many tracing systems born. The OpenSkywalking organisation was created
> with  Skywalking made based on tracing, but not just tracing, it adds
> additional value by reducing the sniffer (agent) cost, analysis and
> visualization. 
> 
> In 2015, Skywalking project started, when service-oriented architecture
> became popular. At first, skywalking provided a very simple SDK, and
> collected data into a HBASE cluster. After we opened on the GitHub, the
> community gives the feedbacks about how difficult to maintain a HBase
> cluster, even harder than the applications under monitored. So, in 2.x
> 2016, skywalking provided a self-designed storage, and update the SDK to
> a javaagent with supporting auto-instrumentation. Then since 2017, more
> and more contributors joined, we set up the PMC team and committer team.
> Skywalking evolved to an APM, and more and more features provided since
> then.
> 
> = Rationale =
> Skywalking includes these primary parts:
> 1. Provide an anto-instrument sniffer, which is based on Javaagent and
> collects events and traces happened inside JVM, with little CPU/Memory
> cost.
> 1. An extendable `tracing data protocol suit` with gRPC and HTTP
> implementations, is compatible for other language agent or SDK. 
> 1. Provide Collector, which accepts the `tracing data protocol suit`,
> and does the analysis and aggregation inside for detecting the
> relationships among applications and services, generating the metrics,
> and altering.
> 1. Provided our own UI, which visualizes the topological graph of
> related applications and services, trace stack, metrics and alerting.
> 
> Also, Skywalking team is passionate about community cooperations.
> Skywalking is a supported tracer and member of
> [[OpenTracing|http://opentracing.io]]. Also we take part in the
> [[https://github.com/TraceContext/tracecontext-spec|TraceContext
> Specs]], which is about `tracing context propagation format`. The
> founder of the project, Sheng Wu, is the member of these organizations, 
> 
> There is a strong need for an open, easy-to-use APM towards helping
> today's DevOps people to monitor their running systems, while also being
> easy and transparent to maintain and modify.
> The Skywalking has been an hot open source project in GitHub. We feel
> that by moving to Apache it will help us work in a more global and open
> way, presenting the project as a commercial friendly but vendor neutral
> technology. Under Apache's strong governance and existing processes,
> hope is also to make the Skywalking releases more reliable, as is
> crucial for monitoring systems running in any Application Zone.
> 
> = Initial Goals =
> Our initial goals are to bring Skywalking into the ASF. The most
> important things are following ASF's governance module, and integrating
> with Apache development process. Also moving the existing codebase to an
> Apache git repository.
> 
> = Current Status =
> == Meritocracy ==
> Skywalking was originally created by [[https://github.com/wu-sheng|Sheng
> Wu,  吴晟]] himself in May 2015, and opened in GitHub in Nov. 8th, 2015.
> The project now has committers and users from many companies. The newer
> committers of the project are guided by the existed PMC and Committer
> Team members, by reviewing and discussing with them. When they are
> ready, PMC will start a vote to promote him/her to become a member of
> PMC and Committer Team.
> Also after the founder, Sheng Wu, joined Huawei in 2017, Huawei DevCloud
> decided to contribute and support the project. So he personally leads
> the interested developers, and helps them to join the community quickly
> and efficiently. Now we have set `Huawei Devcloud Contributor Team` for
> them.
> Contributions are always welcomed, highly valued. A lot of energy is
> allocated to ensure help to all wishing to contribute.
> 
> == Community ==
> OpenSkwaylking is supported by 5 companies: Huawei, shurenyun.com,
> dangdang.com, tydic, nutz.cn , which are both contributing to the
> project and also used it in product, also provide many important
> feedbacks from their actual scenarios.
> The contributors, who can provide employer information, are from
> '''Huawei DevCloud Team''', '''Tydic''', '''Oneapm''' (APM vendor),
> '''Alibaba Cainiao''', '''dangdang.com''', '''cloudwise''' (APM vendor),
> '''jd.com''', '''cig.cn''', '''hecom.cn''', and
> '''www.suixingpay.com'''.
> 
> == Core Developers ==
> The core developers are a diverse group of experienced open source
> developers and team leaders.
> *
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization/blob/master/README.md#project-management-committee-pmc|PMC
> members]]
> *
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization/blob/master/README.md#committer-team|Committer
> Team members]]
> 
> == Known Risks ==
> The project is well known in global tracing and APM field, and live more
> than 2 years. We are not sure there exists a risk, but definitely have a
> challenge for us. So far, the contributors, committers and confirmed
> product use cases are all from China. 
> === Language and Culture ===
> Concerns have been raised about language challenges and, as is typical
> for developers not strong in english, aware that the community can be
> shy in a debate or disagreement when english is used. Having looked
> through the project's history this concern can be seen to be minor. The
> commitlog is in english, and so are the tickets and the pull requests.
> The website and documentation is equally both english and chinese. The
> community has been strict upon itself to ensure it became and stays so.
> The use of chinese should not be seen as a problem, it is a multilingual
> world, but it is important that english speakers feel included and able
> to contribute freely to the project without having to ask for
> translations. To deal with poor or broken english it's important that a
> gentler and inclusive community is fostered.
> 
> 
> === Orphaned products ===
> The contributors and community cooperation brings the project from a
> small concept into a real APM system. So far, many companies, e.g.
> Huawei DevCloud, dangdang.com, tydic, jd.com, have their own
> independency contribute team for Skywalking. So this is not risk of any
> signs of orphaned or abandoned code.
> 
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
> The founder of the project, Sheng Wu, is an open source lover. He has
> contributed for these open source projects: OpenTracing-Specification,
> OpenTracing-Java, Motan, Hprose, OpenTracing specification-zh, and
> apache/incubator-rocketmq.
> 
> Hongtao Gao, our committer team member, is the major maintainer of
> [[https://github.com/shardingjdbc/sharding-jdbc|sharding-jdbc]] and
> [[https://github.com/elasticjob/elastic-job|elastic-job]] since 2014.
> 
> The project are following these two experienced open source people's
> guidance. And glad to learn from the Apache Way.
> 
> === Homogenous Developers ===
> The confirmed contributors list:
> https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization/blob/master/README.md#contributors.
> As mentioned above in the [[#community|Community]] section.
> 
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
> First of all, most members of the PMC and Committer Team, are paid by
> their employers (Huawei, Tydic, dangdang.com and OneAPM) to contribute
> to this project. But we have to say, many of them have more than one
> employer in the past 3 years contribution, but the contributions are
> never stopped. We don't just depend on salaried contributors only.
> Skywalking itself and the distributed tracing field are very attractive
> and important for every company the contributors work in, and they have
> no reason to stop them. Contributions and new committers are expected.
> 
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
> HBase was used as a backend before being rewritten, and that ZooKeeper,
> httpcomponents, log4j and junit are used. Also we are considering all
> java projects, especially big data technology, e.g. Hadoop, Hbase,
> Cassandra.
> 
> === A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
> The ASF has a strong brand, and that brand is in itself attractive.
> Skywalking will benefit from world wide collaboration and use cases. The
> Apache brand will be duly respected and honored in regards to  marketing
> and publicity. Further more, with the help of Incubator PMC, we will
> make every effort to follow the rules and policies of the ASF.
> 
> == Documentation ==
> * https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/skywalking/tree/master/docs
> * https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/skywalking/wiki
> 
> == Initial Source ==
> The project consists of two distinct codebases: the server and the UI.
> These have existed as separate git repositories.
> 
> * https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/skywalking
> * https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/skywalking-ui
> 
> == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
> The project is under Apache Licensed 2.0 already. As soon as Skywalking
> is approved to join Apache, we can transfer of source code to the Apache
> Foundation. There is no legal issue.
> All source artifacts (code and documentation) will be assigned copyright
> to the ASF. Currently all artifacts are copyright to 'OpenSkywalking
> Organization', so effort in this process pertains mostly to obtaining
> the individual and corporation contributor agreements (ICLAs and CCLAs)
> from all the existing PMC and committers. It is also understood that the
> SGA will be signed so to hand over the copyright to ASF. This has been
> made clear with the whole SkyWalking community
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization/issues/14|here]].
> 
> == External Dependencies ==
> * Byte-buddy (Apache 2.0)
> * gRPC (Apache 2.0)
> * netty (Apache 2.0)
> * guava (Apache 2.0)
> * elasticsearch (Apache 2.0)
> * H2 Driver (MPL 2.0 or EPL 1.0)
> * Zookeeper Client (Apache 2.0)
> * disruptor (Apache 2.0)
> * junit (MPL)
> * mockito (MIT)
> * powermock (Apache 2.0)
> * Spring (Apache 2.0)
> * gson  (Apache 2.0)
> * httpcomponents (Apache 2.0)
> * log4j  (Apache 2.0)
> * vis (Apache 2.0)
> * webjars-boostrap  (Apache 2.0)
> * animate.css (MIT)
> * jquery (js.foundation)
> * jquery-ui (js.foundation)
> * jsView (MIT)
> * metisMenu (MIT)
> * d3 (BSD-3)
> * echarts (BSD-3)
> * DataTables (MIT)
> * requirejs (MIT)
> * vue (MIT)
> 
> = Required Resources =
> == Mailing Lists ==
> * private@skywalking.incubator.apache.org (moderated subscriptions)
> * commits@skywalking.incubator.apache.org
> * dev@skywalking.incubator.apache.org
> 
> == Git Repositories ==
> * https://github.com/apache/incubator-skywalking.git  (gitbox)
> * https://github.com/apache/incubator-skywalking-ui.git  (gitbox)
> 
> == Issue Tracking ==
> The community would like to continue using GitHub Issues.
> This appears now possible with ASF projects.
> 
> == Continuous Integration tool ==
> * Jenkins
> 
> = Initial Committers =
> * Sheng Wu, 吴晟, wusheng6@huawei.com
> * Yongsheng Peng, 彭勇升, pengys@tydic.com
> * Xin Zhang, 张鑫, zhangxin@oneapm.com
> * Hongtao Gao, 高洪涛, gaohongtao@dangdang.com
> * Yang Bai, 柏杨, jixian.by@cainiao.com
> * Kai Wang, 王凯, wangkia01@dangdang.com
> * Yuntao Li, 李运涛, liyuntao@huawei.com
> * Sheng Wang, 汪盛, marco.wang@huawei.com
> * Dongxue Si, 司冬雪, ilucky.si@cloudwise.com
> * Kewei Zhang, 张科伟, zhang_kw@suixingpay.com
> 
> == Affiliations ==
> * Huawei: Sheng Wu, Yuntao Li, Sheng Wang
> * Tydic: Yongsheng Peng
> * OneAPM: Xin Zhang
> * dangdang.com: Hongtao Gao, Kai Wang
> * Alibaba Cainiao: Yang Bai
> * Cloudwise: Dongxue Si
> * suixingpay.com: Kewei Zhang
> 
> = Champion =
> * Michael Semb Wever, mck@apache.org
> 
> ''Voted for skywalking Incubator champion.
> [[https://github.com/OpenSkywalking/Organization/issues/12|Check
> here]]''
> 
> = Mentors =
> * Michael Semb Wever, mck@apache.org
> * Luke Han, lukehan@apache.org
> * Willem Ning Jiang, ningjiang@apache.org
> 
> Skywalking received a lot helps from Michael Semb Wever about this
> proposal and Apache way. Set face-to-face meeting with three Apache
> members: Luke Han, Nicolas Hedhman, Willem Ning Jiang. They helps us a
> lot.
> 
> = Sponsoring Entity =
> We are requesting the Apache Incubator to sponsor this project.
> 
> 
> 
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