Hi all,

We would like to introduce you a new container project for OpenStack called 
Higgins (might be renamed later [1]).

Higgins is a Container Management service for OpenStack. The key objective of 
the Higgins project is to enable tight integration between OpenStack and 
container technologies. In before, there is no perfect solution that can 
effectively bring containers to OpenStack. Magnum provides service to provision 
and manage Container Orchestration Engines (COEs), such as Kubernetes, Docker 
Swarm, and Apache Mesos, on top of Nova instances, but container management is 
out of its scope [2]. Nova-docker enables operating Docker containers from 
existing Nova APIs, but it can't support container features that go beyond the 
compute model. Heat docker plugin allows using Docker containers as Heat 
resources, but it has a similar limitation as nova-docker. Generally speaking, 
OpenStack is lack of a container management service that can integrate 
containers with OpenStack, and Higgins is created to fill the gap.

Higgins aims to provide an OpenStack-native API for launching and managing 
containers backed by different container technologies, such as Docker, Rocket 
etc. Higgins doesn't require calling other services/tools to provision the 
container infrastructure. Instead, it relies on existing infrastructure that is 
setup by operators. In our vision, the key value Higgins brings to OpenStack is 
enabling one platform for provisioning and managing VMs, baremetals, and 
containers as compute resource. In particular, VMs, baremetals, and containers 
will share the following:
- Single authentication and authorization system: Keystone
- Single UI Dashboard: Horizon
- Single resource and quota management
- Single block storage pools: Cinder
- Single networking layer: Neutron
- Single CLI: OpenStackClient
- Single image management: Glance
- Single Heat template for orchestration
- Single resource monitoring and metering system: Telemetry

For more information, please find below:
Wiki: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Higgins
The core team: https://review.openstack.org/#/admin/groups/1382,members
Team meeting: Every Tuesday 0300 UTC at #openstack-meeting

NOTE: we are looking for feedback to shape the project roadmap. If you're 
interested in this project, we appreciate your inputs in the etherpad: 

Best regards,
The Higgins team

[1] http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack-dev/2016-May/095746.html
[2] https://review.openstack.org/#/c/311476/
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