On 02/24/2015 07:48 AM, James Slagle wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> TripleO held a midcycle meetup from February 18th-20th in Seattle. Thanks to 
> HP
> for hosting the event! I wanted to send out a summary of what went on. We also
> captured some notes on an etherpad[0].
> The first order of business was that I volunteered to serve as PTL of TripleO
> for the remainder of the Kilo cycle after Clint Byrum announced that he was
> stepping down due to a change in focus. Thanks Clint for serving as PTL so far
> throughout Kilo!
> We moved on to talking about the state of TripleO in general. An immediate
> topic of discussion was CI stability, especially as all of our jobs were
> currently failing at the time. It appeared that most agreed that our actual CI
> stability was pretty good overall and that most of the failures continue to be
> caused by finding bugs in our own code and regressions in other projects that
> end up breaking TripleO. There was a lot of agreement that the TripleO CI was
> very useful and continues to find real breakages in OpenStack that are 
> otherwise
> missed.
> We talked a bit about streamlining the CI jobs that are run by getting rid of
> the undercloud jobs entirely or using the jenkins worker as the seed itself.
> As it typically tends to do, the discussion around improving our CI drifted
> into the topic of QuintupleO. Everyone seems to continue to agree that
> QuintupleO would be really helpful to CI and development environments, but 
> that
> no one has time to work on it. The idea of skipping the Ironic PXE/iscsi
> deployment process entirely and just nova boot'ing our instances as regular vm
> images was brought up as a potential way to get QuintupleO off the ground
> initially. You'd lose out on the coverage around Ironic, but it could still be
> very valuable for testing all the other stuff such as large HA deployments
> using Heat, template changes, devtest, etc.
> We moved onto talking about diskimage-builder. Due to some shifts in focus,
> there were some questions about any needed changes to the core team
> of diskimage-builder. In the end, it was more or less decided that any such
> changes would just be disruptive at this point, and that we could instead be
> reactive to any changes that might be needed in the future.
> There were lots of good ideas about how to improve functional testing of
> diskimage-builder and giving it a proper testsuite outside of TripleO CI.
> Functional and unit testing of the individual elements and hook scripts is 
> also
> desired. While there was half a session devoted to the unit testing aspect at
> the Paris summit, we haven't yet made a huge amount of progress in this area,
> but it sounds like that might soon change.
> The tripleo-heat-templates was the next topic of discussion. With having
> multiple implementations in tree, we agreed it was time to deprecate the
> merge.py templates[1]. This will also free up some CI capacity for new jobs
> after the removal of those templates.
> We talked about backwards compatibility as well. The desire here was around
> maintaining the ability to deploy stable versions of OpenStack for the
> Overcloud with the TripleO tooling. Also, it was pointed out that the new
> features that have been rolling out to the TripleO templates are for the
> Overcloud only, so we're not breaking any ability to upgrade the Undercloud.
> Dan Prince gave a detailed overview of the Puppet and TripleO integration
> that's been ongoing since a little before Paris. A lot of progress has been
> made very quickly and there is now a CI job in place exercising a deployment
> via Puppet using the stackforge puppet modules. I don't think I need to go 
> into
> too much more detail here, because Dan already summarized it previously on
> list[2].
> The Puppet talk led into a discussion around the Heat breakpoints feature and
> how that might be used to provide some aspect of workflow while doing a
> deployment. There were some concerns raised that using breakpoints in that way
> was odd, especially since they're not represented in the templates at all. In
> the end, I think most agreed that there was an opportunity here to drive
> further features in Heat to meet the use cases that are trying to be solved
> around Overcloud deployments using breakpoints.
> One theme that resurfaced a few times throughout the midcycle was ways that
> TripleO could better define it's interfaces to make different parts pluggable,
> even if that's just documentation initially. Doing so would allow TripleO to
> integrate more easily with existing solutions that are already in use.
> Thanks again to everyone who was able to participate in the midcycle, and as
> well to those who stayed home and did actual work...such as fixing CI.
> For other folks who attended, feel free to add some details, fill in
> any gaps, or
> disagree with my recollection of events :-).
> [0] https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/kilo-tripleo-midcycle-meetup
> [1] https://review.openstack.org/#/c/158410/
> [2] 
> http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack-dev/2015-February/056618.html
Really awesome summary. Thanks for sending it out.

Jason E. Rist
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OpenStack Infrastructure Integration
Red Hat, Inc.
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