Checking In: Apache™ Bigtop “Test Drive” Grant Recipients’ Work in Full Swing

By October 17, 2017Blog

Back in April, with the release of ODPi 2.1, we fully transitioned to leveraging Apache Bigtop for our reference implementation and validation testsuite needs.

Following such a successful changeover, we launched the Apache™ Bigtop “Test Drive” Grant Program – a new grant funding program designed to increase developer involvement in the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) project.

With this program, ODPi has invested $50,000 to fund developer work from some of the world’s top Apache and big data developers and architects to expand Bigtop’s functionality and usability.

The response to the call for proposals was tremendous, and we at ODPi want to thank everyone for your amazing ideas on how to improve Bigtop. After careful deliberation, the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) selected the following two proposals:

  • The “Automatic cluster orchestration and provisioning” project – led by Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, Chief Technologist of BigData & Open Source Fellow at EPAM Systems – will aim to solve the issue of how long cluster provisioning takes, which is unacceptable in the development/testing environments. As this issue affects every developer/quality engineer in need of semi-frequent cluster bring-ups, his progress will be meaningful to all Apache Bigtop users.
  • The “Project Frontier” project – led by Evans Ye, VP of Apache Bigtop & big data engineer at Yahoo! – will aim to provide an easy-to-use integration test framework for Apache Bigtop, as it doesn’t currently work with other Hadoop ecosystem projects closely on releases and integration tests to ensure versions of different projects are working properly one another.

In launching this “Test Drive,” our goal is that the results will benefit enterprise end-users, developers and, ultimately, build a stronger relationship with the Apache Software Foundation and the big data communities hosted by it.

As the program ends on February 2, make sure to come back for individual updates and official outcomes from the developers!