Aug 10 2016

Arch Linux newbie

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try Arch Linux, not only because I like to try new things every now and then but also because the idea to use new versions of my favourite software and the opportunity to try rolling releases was too tempting to pass. I have also fallen in love with the Arch Linux wiki and extensive documentation.

My laptop has encrypted partitions and it also has several OSs installed. I went through the Installation Guide and learnt a lot about how Linux boots and how the configuration works… but at some point I got distracted and missed a key piece of information, forgot to install the xf86-video-intel drivers for my laptop. The Vesa drivers sort of worked, but I had a problem when connecting an external monitor, it would often switch off for 2 seconds and then come back again. And I would see this error in my dmesg:

[drm:intel_cpu_fifo_underrun_irq_handler [i915]] *ERROR* CPU pipe A FIFO underrun

After installing the drivers all is good. I am quite happy with the user experience and with all I learnt from the installation!

Aug 04 2016

DefCore Test Spec

Last cycle we started talking about having a test spec to describe what a good interoperability test is and how to make tempest tests better for interoperability purposes. During the time it took to write the spec and get it approved I realised why OpenStack developers were confused about the requirements: it took us almost three months of meaningful discussions to agree on what the recommendations for good interoperability tests for OpenStack are.

Today we have finally reached a consensus and the test spec made it into the DefCore repository.

The DefCore test spec can be found here.

Thank you everyone for the reviews! This document is work in progress but it clarifies a set of rules that were implicit and controversial before, which in my opinion is a big step in the right direction.  

Jul 27 2016

AArch64 and OpenStack in Barcelona

It has been an awesome two months since I started at Linaro. I have had the opportunity to experience AArch64 servers and to spin a few DevStack clouds on them, plus do some good testing. We have a few patches landing soon that will make the AArch64 experience smoother.

I have also had the opportunity to admin a real cloud based on AArch64. Fun!

My team is preparing to do a few talks at ODS Barcelona and we are looking for support and votes on them! So if you are interested on what we are doing and how to get involved, make sure you give us your vote:

  1. Go to this page.
  2. Search for: "AARCH64"
  3. Vote!
  4. Then vote for all the other talks you like also laugh

See you all in Barcelona!

 

 

Jun 10 2016

Joining Linaro!

I joined Linaro this week. I have taken on the role of Tech Lead of Software Defined Infrastructure, in other words, making cloud related software run smoothly on ARM. We will be testing OpenStack and Ceph amongst others, on ARM servers making sure they run as expected. 

More details will follow, for now I have a lot of things to learn and a huge TODO to get through. I am very excited with the new role and the challenges ahead! 

May 20 2016

Contributing to DefCore

I started attending the IRC meetings of DefCore during fall last year. I found the topic of cloud interoperability fascinating and tried to learn as much as possible to be able to start contributing, needless to say I was useless for a while until I understood the basic concepts and what the DefCore Committee was trying to achieve and how. Figuring out what interoperability means in a project as complex as OpenStack.

There is a very interesting article written by Mark Voelker that I think to be an excellent explanation of what we do.

My first commit happened on April 20th, 2016. I managed (with a lot of help from everyone in the team) to score Keystone's capabilities. I had to look at the Keystone APIs, understand them, look at tempest tests using those APIs and understand them and also talk to the Keystone PTL to make sure I wasn't assumming anything wrongly. I learnt a lot in the process and I would encourage any quality engineer working with OpenStack out there to take on the challenge of scoring a project in the coming releases.

Now I am working on a new commit, the DefCore Test Specification. There is a lot of fruitful discussion around the topic and I am learning a lot trying to summarize and make sense of everybody's opinions/experiences whilsts trying to do what I think is right also. Any comment/review welcome, please contribute your thoughts!

Oct 29 2015

OpenStack Summit 2015 Tokyo – Day 3

Today was the last day of the OpenStack's Summit Main Conference. Tomorrow there are still developer's sessions ongoing for hacking code and continuing pending conversations, however the bulk of people goes home after today. I did some networking today due to the amount of down time I had, I even got a few minutes to send a postcard from Japan home. 

In the morning I attended two QA working sessions: one of them about resource configuration and the other one about tempest-lib service clients. It was quite interesting to get a heads up of where things are going with tempest and get help from the tempest PTL with a little problem I was having running tempest. It felt like a very productive morning. 

Later I took a bit of time to socialize with one of the ladies that we met at the Women of OpenStack event on Monday. It was lovely to get to talk to her and learn about Japanese work culture. I am looking forward for her to visit the UK and be able to meet again. 

Afterwards I attended a session about debugging the virtualisation layer, by someone at RedHat. I found the talk interesting and I personally learnt quite a bit about how to more efficiently diagnose issues and figure out exactly where things are going wrong. The speaker also shared his blog: http://kashyapc.com/. I have decided to add his blog to the list of blogs I follow.

Towards end the day I attended a double RefStack session about the future of RefStack and the long term strategy. The RefStack team and the DefCore committee are interested in seeing full test suite results (not just the tests used for DefCore certification) for data analysis purposes. As they stand the tempest tests are sometimes unreliable or they may be testing a capability that nobody is interested in implementing, this is all valuable input into the capability review process. There will also be the ability to have "companies" not just "users" on the RefStack website, so that people can upload "official" runs to their respective companies and still provide other runs / keep them for history reasons. When the data is associated with a user, it belongs to them. Once the data is moved to their company, then it stops being theirs and starts to be owned by the company. 

It's been an awesome day. And after dinner I saw with a hint of disappointment the tear down of the main event:

Tear Down

Tear Down

I am heading home soon with a lot of ideas and energy to make them happen… #WeAreOpenStack

Oct 28 2015

OpenStack Summit 2015 Tokyo – Day 2

This morning we started early (7am!) with the Women of OpenStack breakfast session. We had some good discussions around how to help women in technology voice their concerns/ideas and how to make our work more visible to the world. As always it was a pleasure to meet a group of such talented individuals. We took some pics, here's my favourite:

#WeAreOpenStack

#WeAreOpenStack

The rest of the day was spent working with another member of the tailgaters group from Rackspace trying to hack on some tests (in our case today it was about trying to set ourselves up to be able to do that going forward). We attended a few DefCore sessions and discussed what is coming to RefStack with Catherine. She was kind enough to show us some neat improvements that are planned for this cycle.

We even made time to go for lunch to a ramen restaurant that served us delicious food I had never tried before. 

At the end of the day I also attended a QA session that was about figuring out the future of the tempest cli and what new options would be useful for end users of tempest going forward. 

It was a great day packed with sessions and hacking/talking about the best approach to testing for the tailgaters group going forward and trying to decide what direction to try to make progress on first. 

Oct 27 2015

OpenStack Summit 2015 Tokyo – Day 1

Today was the first day of ODS for the new release of OpenStack. The day started with a great keynote and I was happy to see a few women on the list of speakers. There was so much good content going on that I struggled to decide what sessions to attend.  

For me, the day was about getting to meet people I have been talking to during this cycle but didn't know, such as the DefCore committee. DefCore is a project that aims at establishing a set of capabilities that define what an OpenStack deployment is. This is quite difficult to do with a product that is a composition of so many different projects and it requires a lot of stable and automated testing in order to be doable. I will post the conclusions from all the discussions I attend to during the week at the end of the summit. Today the scene was set for further conversations where we will get to discuss whether the current process meets the integrators and OpenStack users needs or not (and caters for developers as well), and how to make modifications to it. 

I also attended a brillian workshop where neutron was explained and troubleshooting of problems was described in detail. I enjoyed very much learning how other people diagnose neutron issues and what tools they use and got some ideas. For instance, I didn't know easyOVS makes life so much easier when reading neutron logs. 

I attended a QA session that was about tempest plugins and they were describing/talking extensively about Grenade, a project for testing OpenStack upgrades between releases.

The day ended with a visit to the marketplace for some networking and to be able to see what all the OpenStack players are up to. There was also sushi and beer!

 

The Marketplace

The Marketplace #WeAreOpenstack