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Subject Re: [DISCUSS] SystemML Graduation
Date Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:11:43 GMT

Thanks for bringing up this topic, Luciano.  I definitely think it is the right time to start
discussing graduation.  The past 16 months have shown a sustained and growing level of commitment
to the project, with several exciting new areas of development that the community is continuing
to work on.  As a community, we've grown to value and embrace the Apache process, and it's
allowed us to hold effective public discussions on code, branding, etc., to the benefit of
the project. 


Mike Dusenberry

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> On Mar 3, 2017, at 5:41 PM, Nakul Jindal <> wrote:
> +1
> Thank you Luciano for starting this discussion and the guidance you've
> provided on this project.
> In addition to the aforementioned accomplishments of the project, the
> roadmap (which has been on the mailing list) also directs us towards making
> continued healthy progress.
> Nakul Jindal
>> On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Glenn Weidner <> wrote:
>> +1
>> Thank you Luciano for starting the discussion and for all the guidance
>> you've provided from the beginning of the project. I agree that the Apache
>> SystemML community has grown and achieved many exciting things during
>> incubation. For example, today we completed our fifth release of Apache
>> SystemML after releasing previous version in February. Graduating to a
>> top-level project will be another important accomplishment and help
>> continue momentum with developers and users.
>> Regards,
>> Glenn
>> [image: Inactive hide details for Deron Eriksson ---03/03/2017 12:02:35
>> PM---+1 Thank you for starting this important discussion Lucian]Deron
>> Eriksson ---03/03/2017 12:02:35 PM---+1 Thank you for starting this
>> important discussion Luciano, and thank you for
>> From: Deron Eriksson <>
>> To:
>> Date: 03/03/2017 12:02 PM
>> Subject: Re: [DISCUSS] SystemML Graduation
>> ------------------------------
>> +1
>> Thank you for starting this important discussion Luciano, and thank you for
>> all the guidance that you have provided us regarding the Apache Incubator,
>> the Apache Software Foundation, and open-source software development! I'd
>> also like to thank Henry for all the great assistance and hard work since
>> becoming an additional mentor for the project.
>> I believe that we may indeed be ready to graduate to a top level project
>> due both to our technical efforts and our community efforts. Since we
>> became an incubator project, in terms of code we have consistently
>> demonstrated a high level of excellent activity from a wide range of
>> contributors. We have 1,065 commits since we became an incubator project
>> and have closed 391 pull requests in that time. Additionally, over time, we
>> have all learned many best practices and Apache guidelines, for example how
>> to properly validate our source releases in terms of content and licenses.
>> We have also learned the processes involved with topics such as JIRA,
>> GitHub, Git, Subversion, and software releases, and how to interact with
>> groups such as Apache infrastructure to effectively develop open-source
>> software following the Apache way.
>> I think everyone on the SystemML project has also worked hard to build an
>> open community around the project. We have open discussions on technical
>> matters, especially in the area of pull requests, and these discussions
>> demonstrate a consistent ability to reach consensus while allowing
>> respectful disagreement. I believe our mailing list could be used more
>> frequently, since it offers a more centralized location for discussions
>> (compared to pull request discussions), which could be an addition way to
>> help the community. However, we do have important discussions on the
>> mailing list, for example in regards to questions from users, and
>> communication on the mailing list is positive and encouraging to community
>> growth.
>> Deron
>> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 5:14 PM, Luciano Resende <>
>> wrote:
>>> It has been an exciting 16 months so far, and the project has
>> accomplished
>>> 4 official Apache Releases and is currently requesting the IPMC to
>> approve
>>> the 5th release. We have voted 3 new committers and PPMC members and
>>> welcomed a new Mentor. The community continues to evangelize the project
>> at
>>> universities, blog posts, public webcasts, and in multiple conferences
>>> which culminate in the project being awarded 'Best Paper' at VLDB 2016.
>> And
>>> last, but not least, the Incubator has asked us to evaluate and possibly
>>> start the graduation process [1].
>>> For now, I would like to get the community to take a quick look at the
>>> 'Graduation Guide' [2] and use this thread to discuss your opinion about
>>> SystemML graduation.
>>> In parallel, I will start working on updating the project page [3] with
>>> milestones, and other details.
>>> [1]
>> msg58614.html
>>> [2]
>>> [3]
>>> --
>>> Luciano Resende
>> --
>> Deron Eriksson
>> Spark Technology Center

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