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Cassandra

15 Nov 2017 [Nate McCall / Ted]

Report was filed, but display is awaiting the approval of the Board minutes.

16 Aug 2017 [Nate McCall / Phil]

## Description:
The Apache Cassandra database is the right choice when you need scalability
and high availability without compromising performance. Linear scalability and
proven fault-tolerance on commodity hardware or cloud infrastructure make it
the perfect platform for mission-critical data.Cassandra's support for
replicating across multiple datacenters is best-in-class, providing lower
latency for your users and the peace of mind of knowing that you can survive
regional outages.

## Issues:
There are no issues requiring board attention at this time.

## Activity and Health:
Overall the project is healthy. It's been about a year since the inquiry from
the board and we've continued to make progress expanding the committer base
and PMC membership while moving forward with development.

We very much appreciate the involvement of the management, membership and
community with the resolution of LEGAL-303. The paves the way for a first
implementation of new functionality around pluggable storage engines.

The cassandra-dtest project made it through the ASF code donation process.
This has removed a small bottleneck and source of occasional test errors by
allowing committers to commit distributed test suites at the same as code
commits to the core project.

## PMC changes:
There are currently 21 PMC members. No new PMC members added in the last 3
months. The last PMC addition was Sankalp Kohli on Mon Oct 24 2016. Note that
there are currently open votes for four additional PMC members. They should be
resolved by the time the board meets.

## Committer base changes:
There are currently 46 committers. Philip Thompson was added as a committer on
Fri Jun 23 2017.

## Releases:
The final release of the 2.1.x series was done this quarter. Maintenance
releases were done on the 2.2.x, 3.0.x, 3.11.x branches. We anticipate a
release of 4.0 in the next quarter.
- 2.1.18 was released on Mon Jun 26 2017
- 2.2.10 was released on Mon Jun 26 2017
- 3.0.14 was released on Fri Jun 23 2017
- 3.11.0 was released on Fri Jun 23 2017

## Mailing list activity: The participation on the dev list was down this
quarter, perhaps attributed to summer holidays and the lack of anything
contentious. However, user list participation was up slightly which is a good
sign of positive community engagement.

dev@cassandra.apache.org:
- 1625 subscribers (down -2 in the last 3 months):
- 320 emails sent to list (474 in previous quarter)

user@cassandra.apache.org:
- 3112 subscribers (down -18 in the last 3 months):
- 1112 emails sent to list (1107 in previous quarter)

## JIRA activity:
- 230 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
- 156 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months

17 May 2017 [Nate McCall / Chris]

## Description:
The Apache Cassandra database is the right choice when you need scalability
and high availability without compromising performance. Linear scalability and
proven fault-tolerance on commodity hardware or cloud infrastructure make it
the perfect platform for mission-critical data.Cassandra's support for
replicating across multiple datacenters is best-in-class, providing lower
latency for your users and the peace of mind of knowing that you can survive
regional outages.

## Health Report:
Community activity continues to stabilize. We have added additional avenues of
test resource integration (specifically providing base Travis and CircleCI
configurations in tree) for any member in the community to take advantage of
for their personal development branches. Note that ASF Jenkins is still used
exclusively for committed code. The benefits of this have been a wider
participation from newer community members, as we are taking advantage of
"free" resources for open source projects offered by those companies for day
to day development.

Overall, we have increased our velocity over the past quarter and are closing
tickets a faster pace than the previous two quarters.

## Issues:
There are no new issues requiring board attention at this time.

## Releases:
Apache Cassandra has had the following releases:
- 2.1.17 was released on Mon Feb 20 2017
- 2.2.9 was released on Mon Feb 20 2017
- 3.0.11 was released on Mon Feb 20 2017
- 3.0.12 was released on Thu Mar 09 2017
- 3.0.13 was released on Thu Apr 13 2017

## PMC changes:
Currently 21 PMC members. No new PMC members added in the last 3 months.

## Committer base changes:
Five new committers have been added in the past quarter:
- Ariel Weisberg was added as a committer on Mon Feb 13 2017
- Blake Eggleston was added as a committer on Mon Feb 13 2017
- Alex Petrov was added as a committer on Mon Feb 13 2017
- Joel Knighton was added as a committer on Tue Feb 14 2017
- Stefan Podkowinski was added as a committer on Sat Feb 18 2017

## Mailing list activity:
Subscriptions to the user list are off slightly but the number of messages has
increased. This could be a result of efforts to make unsubscribing from the
mail list a little easier. Dev list activity is down compared to the previous
quarter but still healthy. Note that the previous quarter can be considered an
outlier given the volume of messages during discussions of changing the
release process.

dev@cassandra.apache.org:
- 1615 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
- 515 emails sent to list (560 in previous quarter)

user@cassandra.apache.org:
- 3132 subscribers (down -10 in the last 3 months):
- 1153 emails sent to list (1115 in previous quarter)

## JIRA activity:
As mentioned above, the number of closed/resolved tickets has increased almost
30% over the previous quarter.
- 316 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
- 259 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months

27 Feb 2017 [Nate McCall / Shane]

## Description:
Since the last report, things have stabilized a bit in the community and we
are getting down to business.

After several long conversations on the dev list, we have agreed on the best
way forward of streamlining our release process. Specifically, we have moved
away from the TicTock scheme used throughout the 3.x releases. Though it had
the benefit of creating a better culture of testing, this process proved to be
both incredibly confusing for users as to the current stable version and
overly difficult to maintain for developers for the number of active branches
required.

Our development velocity is lower than I would like. We are still recovering
from the pull out of a large commercial vendor in the space, but independent
activity is increasing and we are steadily adding committers.

It took five voting rounds to release 3.10, but that is more a function of our
agreement to insist on a green test board and being more stringent on blocking
for known issues. I see this particularly as a positive sign of higher
community involvement in the development process as three of the vote vetoes
were a result of end-user discovered issues.

## Issues:
There are no new issues requiring board attention at this time.

## Release Activity:
Apache Cassandra has had the following releases:
- 3.0.10 was released on Wed Nov 16 2016
- 3.10 was released on Fri Feb 03 2017

We are currently working towards an alpha of 4.0 that is a cleanup and
refactoring of some major components.

## PMC changes:
Currently 21 PMC members. No new PMC members added in the last 3 months.

## Committer base changes:
Three new committers have been added in the past quarter:
- Branimir Lambov was added as a committer on Tue Nov 08 2016
- Paulo Motta was added as a committer on Wed Dec 07 2016
- Stefan Powkowinski was voted in, but is pending an ICLA review by his
employer

## Mailing list activity:
Subscriber increases on both mailing lists are marginal, but they are
increases. Activity on the user mailing list is down, but we see that as a
function of not having any new releases before and during the holiday period.

dev@cassandra.apache.org:
- 1613 subscribers (up 28 in the last 3 months):
- 573 emails sent to list (611 in previous quarter)

user@cassandra.apache.org:
- 3135 subscribers (up 30 in the last 3 months):
- 1142 emails sent to list (1548 in previous quarter)

## JIRA activity:
The ratio of closed to created tickets is high, reflective of previous
comments regarding velocity.
- 302 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
- 190 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months

@Shane: please explain the comment regarding external org

16 Nov 2016 [Nate McCall / Brett]

## Description:
The past couple of months have been difficult for us. For posterity, the
August [0] and September[1] board agendas provide details of changes
affecting the project and subsequent PMC efforts to address board requested
action items. We will continue to work constructively with the board on the
points therein.

With that said, we would like to express not only our optimism (more below)
but our thanks to those within the ASF who have spent substantial amounts of
time to help us get moving in the right direction. Of particular note have
been the ongoing efforts Mark Thomas and Jake Farrell. Without them, it would
have been much more difficult to deduce what to do next and how to go about
doing it. For everyone else, a large thank you as well. If nothing else, it's
clear we all care very deeply about having successful open source software
projects.

## Issues:

A long-time vendor who has been a large benefactor of the project through
contribution of resources, has re-focused said resources to more internal
efforts[2]. While many of their staff are still involved in day-to-day
activities, it has left something of a hole for the PMC to fill in terms of
handling day-to-day resourcing of issues.

Discussions are ongoing on how best to do this, but we remain optimistic that
the size, diversity and skill of the community are enough that we will find
solutions.

## Release Activity:
Apache Cassandra has had the following releases:
- 2.1.16 was released on Mon Oct 10 2016
- 2.2.8 was released on Wed Sep 28 2016
- 3.8 was released on Thu Sep 29 2016
- 3.9 was released on Thu Sep 29 2016

We have recently moved trunk up to 4.0 and are currently discussing a roadmap
for such on the development mailing list.

Note: 3.10 and 3.0.10 were scheduled to be released, but were voted down due
to a regression bug discovered by the community.

## Health report:

From the past several weeks of mailing list and social media activity, one
can draw the following conclusions regarding the health of Cassandra:
- our large, diverse community of users care deeply about the project and are
  not afraid to very publicly ask hard questions
- the board cares deeply about our project as can be seen by amount of effort
  expended in handling not only Cassandra but the larger issues brought about
  by the point above
- the PMC wants very much to do the right thing and is doing its best to
  constructively move forward

In short, we do not lack for passion at any level of the project. It is
therefore our game to lose and we intend to put our best efforts in over the
next quarter.

## PMC changes:

 - Currently 21 PMC members.
 - There are two new PMC members:
    - Sankalp Kohli was added to the PMC on Mon Oct 24 2016
    - Michael Shuler was added to the PMC on Thu Sep 22 2016

## Committer base changes:

 - Currently 38 committers.
 - There are three new commmitters:
    - Dikang Gu was added as a committer on Fri Nov 04 2016
    - Sankalp Kohli was added as a committer on Tue Oct 25 2016
    - Branimir Lambov was voted in and accepted, we are awaiting ICLA
      submission

## Mailing list activity:

Activity on both dev and user mail lists have increased substantially over
last quarter. We have no direct quantitative information as to why, but
anecdotally it appears that we have knowledgeable users appearing more
often to answer other users's questions.

 - dev@cassandra.apache.org:
    - 1582 subscribers (down -3 in the last 3 months):
    - 709 emails sent to list (452 in previous quarter)
    - Though not as high and some is resulting to larger political
      discussions, we still have over 60% growth in traffic.

 - user@cassandra.apache.org:
    - 3109 subscribers (down -6 in the last 3 months):
    - 1597 emails sent to list (901 in previous quarter)
    - Mail list activity has increased over 50% from the last quarter.

## JIRA activity:

As discussed above in Issues we would like the number of resolved issues
to be higher, but over 75% is not a bad place to be and we are actively
working on getting more community involvement.

 - 480 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
 - 372 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months

## Trademark Enforcement

Three requests were sent out regarding our trademarks, all of which were
immediately complied with by the recipients:
- Clarified appropriate use of trademark and guidelines for a third party
  vendor providing backports of Apache Cassandra patches to a custom long
term release version [3]
- Use of trademark in project name [4]
- Use of trademark in project name [5]

## 'dtest' Project Contribution

DataStax recently offered to donate the dtest distributed testing suite to
the project [6],[7]. This was voted on in the dev mailing list and passed
[8]. Filing the appropriate forms with the Incubator folks for review will be
done shortly.

## References

[0]
https://www.apache.org/foundation/records/minutes/2016/board_minutes_2016_08_17.txt
[1]
https://www.apache.org/foundation/records/minutes/2016/board_minutes_2016_09_21.txt
[2] http://www.datastax.com/2016/11/serving-customers-serving-the-community
[3]
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/69d87a0d59a23a4ee7578563785581d5daa5cb248987d67a70c44b86@%3Cprivate.cassandra.apache.org%3E
[4]
https://lists.apache.org/list.html?private@cassandra.apache.org:lte=1M:Apache%20trademark%20and%20Spring%20project%20names
[5] https://mesosphere.github.io/cassandra-mesos/
[6] https://github.com/riptano/cassandra-dtest
[7]
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/d43300016d3871587c43eea8cd4223221904fddc7916d9d6d858bd29@%3Cprivate.cassandra.apache.org%3E
[8]
https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/d9e694ba8eaac8e8c70cbfd3f6ee249d43f8c67279882ffc65e56cac@%3Cdev.cassandra.apache.org%3E

21 Sep 2016

Change the Apache Cassandra Project Chair

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Jonathan Ellis
 (jbellis) to the office of Vice President, Apache Cassandra, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation of
 Jonathan Ellis from the office of Vice President, Apache Cassandra,
 and

 WHEREAS, the Community of the Apache Cassandra project has chosen to
 recommend Nate McCall (zznate) as the successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Jonathan Ellis is relieved and
 discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office of Vice
 President, Apache Cassandra, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Nate McCall be and hereby is appointed to
 the office of Vice President, Apache Cassandra, to serve in accordance
 with and subject to the direction of the Board of Directors. and the
 Bylaws of the Foundation until death, resignation, retirement, removal
 or disqualification, or until a successor is appointed.

 Special Order 7A, Change the Apache Cassandra Project Chair,
 was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

21 Sep 2016 [Jonathan Ellis / Chris]

## Description:

 - This report is was created in response to a request from Mark Thomas on
   behalf of the ASF board. This request listed 10 specific action items to be
   undertaken by the PMC including the creation of this report outside of the
   project's normal reporting cycle. The content of the original email has
   been added to the PMC's svn repository and was used as a checklist [0] to
   organize PMC efforts in addressing these action items.

 - This report includes a "Board Requested Actions" section which provides a
   summary of said actions followed by specific activity undertaken by the PMC
   for each.

## Board Requested Actions

- Review of Apache trademark policy by PMC members

  The following PMC members have signed off as having reviewed ASF
  trademark policy:

    amorton
    dbrosius
    eevans
    gdusbabek
    jake
    jasobrown
    jbellis
    jfarrell
    jjirsa
    slebresne
    tylerhobbs
    zznate

- Review DataStax controlled web properties for clear separation between
  DataStax and Cassandra

  DataStax web properties were reviewed and several small issues identified.
  An email was sent on by Nate McCall on behalf of the PMC to Christian Hasker
  (identified by Jonathan Ellis for the DataStax point of contact) requesting
  that they be addressed. Christian replied twice indicating that they were
  taking immediate action and to later update on progress. A correspondence
  email [1] has been uploaded.

- Review project controlled web properties for clear separation between
  DataStax and Cassandra

  The remaining references to DataStax on the project's web properties
  are under the Documentation section and take one of two forms:

  - links to contextually relevant blog posts under datastax.com
  - references to client driver projects

- Review release artifacts and documentation for clear separation between
  DataStax and Cassandra

  The project's downloads page lists ASF Debian packages as official binaries.
  Binaries managed by DataStax have been moved towards the bottom stating
  explicitly that they are not endorsed.

- Identify a process for ongoing monitoring of the projects marks

  The PMC has not yet discussed a process for monitoring the projects marks.

- Ensure the Cassandra Summit follows the ASF guidelines for events

  Jake Luciani reached out to the organizers on behalf of the PMC and uploaded
  correspondence emails [2] with conference organizer who addressed/documented
  the points raised. The document includes email threads of ASF channels used
  for trademark and cfp requests.

- Replacement for Jonathan after stepping down as chair

  The following three PMC members were nominated: Eric Evans, Jake Luciani,
  Nate McCall.

  Nate McCall was voted as successor and was put forward to the board.

- Review DataStax's "Cassandra MVP" program for a clear separation between
  DataStax and Cassandra

  A review of current DataStax content for the MVP program (including this
  year's Cassandra Summit) shows the primary wording is now "DataStax MVP for
  Apache Cassandra." There are, however, two older community-contributed posts
  on the Planet Cassandra property that use the phrase "DataStax Cassandra
  MVP."

- Stop using non-ASF, non-archived back channels for discussion

  The project is now using ASFBot for logging the #cassandra-dev [3] IRC
  conversations.

## PMC changes:

 - There are currently 19 PMC members.
 - Since the August report, the following new PMC members have been added:
    - Jason Brown (Mon Aug 22 2016)
    - Jake Farrell (Mon Aug 22 2016)
    - Jeff Jirsa (Mon Aug 22 2016)
    - Nate McCall (Mon Aug 22 2016)

## Committer changes:

 - There are currently 36 committers.
 - Since the august report, the following new committers have been added:
    - Andres de la Peña (Tue Aug 23 2016)
    - Jake Farrell (Fri Aug 26 2016)
    - Michael Semb Wever (Wed Aug 17 2016)
    - Nate McCall (Fri Aug 26 2016)

## Releases:

 - No new releases have been made since the previous report.

## References

 [0] https://svn.apache.org/repos/private/pmc/cassandra/board_action_items.txt
 [1] https://svn.apache.org/repos/private/pmc/cassandra/datastax_web_property_discussion.txt
 [2] https://svn.apache.org/repos/private/pmc/cassandra/summit_2016_event_discussion.txt
 [3] http://wilderness.apache.org/channels/#logs-#cassandra-dev

17 Aug 2016 [Jonathan Ellis / Greg]

Releases
--------

2.1.15 (7 Jul 2016)
2.2.6 (6 Jul 2016)
3.7 (14 Jun 2016)
3.0.7 (14 Jun 2016)

Community
---------

NGCC (Next Generation Cassandra Conference) took place in Austin, TX.
Sixty committers and contributors attended.  Day 1 saw presentations
from engineers from Apple, DataStax, Eriksson, Instagram, The Last
Pickle, Protectwise, Stratio, and Yahoo Japan. These presentations
were followed on Day 2 by an unconference discussion.  My notes are
here [1] and videos are here [2].

O’Reilly’s Cassandra: The Definitive Guide 2nd Edition [3] is out.  This
is the first book to cover Cassandra 3.0.

PMC & Committers
----------------

Jeff Jirsa was added as committer on 15 Jun 2016.  Dave Brosius, Tyler
Hobbs, and Aaron Morton were added as PMC members on 10 Jun 2016.

1 committer and 5 PMC member votes are currently in progress.

[1] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rYyJWDsiwGmc3IUNCV_AKhzUJghLwA_iWDzog-eDSSE
[2] https://www.youtube.com/user/PlanetCassandra/videos
[3] http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920043041.do

The Board expressed continuing concern that the PMC was not acting independently and that one company had undue influence over the project.

PMC representatives acknowleged the Board's concerns and asked for clarity from the Board in the form of explicit actions that the PMC should be taking to improve the situation.

It was suggested that a representative from the board could meet with senior company management to relate the board's concerns directly.

It was agreed that the project should report again next month.

@Mark: Summarize items for PMC to address

@Jim: Arrange a meeting to relate the Board's concerns with senior company management.

18 May 2016 [Jonathan Ellis / Chris]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

3.6       13 May 2016 (Expected)
3.0.6     13 May 2016 (Expected)
2.2.6     26 Apr 2016
2.1.14    26 Apr 2016
3.5       13 Apr 2016
3.0.5     11 Apr 2016
3.4       8 Mar 2016
3.0.4     8 Mar 2016

Development:

Cassandra has moved to a monthly release schedule, with even releases
(3.4) including new features, and odd releases (3.5) only bug fixes.

3.4 includes the new SASI feature (SSTable-Attached Secondary Indexes).
Unlike Cassandra's older indexes, SASI are btree-based, allowing range
scans and full-text indexing.

3.6, whose vote is in progress as of this writing, adds support for
much larger partitions, which makes it easier to build Cassandra data
models where the "natural" partitioning would generate millions of
rows per partition.

Community:

The NGCC (Next Generation Cassandra Conference), for Cassandra
committers and contributors, was moved to June to avoid conflict with
ApacheCon NA.  ApacheCon saw five talks on Cassandra from five
different companies, anchoring the NoSQL category.

Cassandra passed MS Access to take the #7 spot on DB-Engines' database
popularity ranking [1].  Of course, the two systems are not remotely
comparable, but this is a positive sign for adoption.

Committers Yuki Morishita and Jake Luciani have experimented with
teaching workshops on contributing to Apache Cassandra at two
different companies in an effort to accellerate the pool of
contributors and committers.  So far, this has resulted in some small
patches from engineers at Yahoo Japan; we hope to see more from them
soon.

Kaide Mu's proposal to add an sstable downgrade tool was accepted for
Google Summer of Code, under mentors Paulo Motta and Yuki Morishita.

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Stefania Alborghetti was added as committer on 11 Apr 2016.
Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

[1] http://db-engines.com/en/ranking

17 Feb 2016 [Jonathan Ellis / Chris]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.1.12    7 Dec 2015
3.0.1     8 Dec 2015
3.1       8 Dec 2015
3.2       12 Jan 2016
2.1.13    8 Feb 2016
2.2.5     8 Feb 2016
3.3       9 Feb 2016

Development:

Cassandra has moved to a monthly release schedule [1], with even releases
(3.2) including new features, and odd releases (3.1., 3.3) only bug fixes.

A good summary of what's new in 3.2 is at [2].

Community:

Pretty quiet start to the year.  I am in the initial stages of planning
NGCC (Next Generation Cassandra Conference, for Cassandra committers
and contributors, not end users) 2016, probably for late April.

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Carl Yeksigian was added as committer on 4 Jan 2016.
Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

[1] http://www.planetcassandra.org/blog/cassandra-2-2-3-0-and-beyond/
[2] http://rustyrazorblade.com/2016/01/cassandra-32-overview/

@Rich: Event in late April might conflict with ApacheCon North America.

18 Nov 2015 [Jonathan Ellis / Brett]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

3.0.0     10 Nov 2015
2.2.3     16 Oct 2015
2.1.11    16 Oct 2015
2.2.2     5 Oct 2015
2.1.10    5 Oct 2015
2.2.1     1 Sep 2015
2.1.9     28 Aug 2015
3.0b1     24 Aug 2015

Development:

Cassandra 3.0 is out! [1] Headlining features include a CQL-based
storage engine (blog post forthcoming), materialized views [2], and
optimzied hint storage [3].

Community:

The 2015 Cassandra Summit in San Francisco was September 22-24.  For
the first time, this was a two day conference, and attracted over
3,200 attendees.  I believe this makes it the largest NoSQL conference
in the world.  Open Source Connections has a good writeup at [4].

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Sam Tunnicliffe was added as committer on 18 May 2015.
Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

[1] https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/the_apache_software_foundation_announces82
[2] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/new-in-cassandra-3-0-materialized-views
[3] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/whats-coming-to-cassandra-in-3-0-improved-hint-storage-and-delivery
[4] http://opensourceconnections.com/blog/2015/10/21/recap-cassandra-summit-2015

19 Aug 2015 [Jonathan Ellis / Jim]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.2.0     20 Jul 2015
2.2rc2    9 Jul 2015
2.1.8     9 Jul 2015
2.1.7     22 Jun 2015
2.0.16    22 Jun 2015
2.2rc1    8 Jun 2015
2.1.6     8 Jun 2015
2.2b1     19 May 2015

Development:

With most of Cassandra 3.0 development complete, but with release
stalled by continuing difficulties in finishing CASSANDRA-8099 (a
rewrite of the storage engine around CQL principles rather than the
old Thrift API), we decided to release the-features-formerly-known-
as-3.0 as 2.2 as soon as possible, followed by a 3.0 release later
based on 8099.

2.2 has now been released successfully.  I summarized the new features
in [1].

Community:

Gearing up for the 2015 Cassandra Summit in San Francisco, September
22-24.  For the first time, this will be a two-day cconference, plua a
day of hands-on training.

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Sam Tunnicliffe was added as committer on 18 May 2015.
Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

[1] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/cassandra-2-2

20 May 2015 [Jonathan Ellis / Sam]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.0.15    29 Apr 2015
2.1.4     1 Apr 2015
2.0.14    1 Apr 2015
2.1.3     16 Mar 2015

Development:

A security issue was reported to Apache that Cassandra's default
configuration allowed arbitrary code to be executed remotely via JMX.
We followed Apache protocol and developed a fix as a PMC (led by Eric
Evans and Jake Luciani) resulting in the 2.0.14 and 2.1.4 releases
prior to the public announcement of the vulnerability [1].

With most of Cassandra 3.0 development complete, but with release
stalled by continuing difficulties in finishing CASSANDRA-8099 (a
rewrite of the storage engine around CQL principles rather than the
old Thrift API), we decided to release the-features-formerly-known-
as-3.0 as 2.2 as soon as possible, followed by a 3.0 release later
based on 8099.  I expect a vote to begin on 2.2 beta 1 by the time the
board meets.

Community:

We had our second annual Next Generation Cassandra Conference for
Cassandra developers.  (I.e., much smaller than a user-oriented
conference.)  We had just over 50 developers attend this year in
Austin in conjunction with ApacheCon.  Speakers included committers
and contributors from Apple, DataStax, Mesosphere, SVDS, and Vast.

Tokyo Cassandra Summit saw 500 registrations for the April event [2],
about double last year's.  This puts it about on par with our San
Francisco summit from 2011, although the two events are not directly
comparable.  (San Fransisco charged a fee to attendees, while Tokyo's
cost was borne entirely by sponsors, in large part because Tokyo was
able to find a sponsor willing to provide the venue for free.)

As you know, it is often difficult for Western open source projects to
gain traction in Japan (and vice versa) because of the language
barrier, so I am glad to see this growth.  One analyst who attended
commented to me that he found it notable that by his estimate, about
40% of the audience at the Tokyo Summit were businessmen, compared to
virtually none at the MongoDB event that he attended recently.  He
interpreted this to mean that Cassandra is more interesting to the
enterprise market that makes up so much of the Japanese industry.

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Robert Stupp was added as committer on 15 Jan 2015.*
Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

*Sam Tunnicliffe has been voted in as committer, but has not submitted
 his ICLA as of this writing.  I expect that to be done by the time
 the board meets.

[1] http://www.mail-archive.com/user@cassandra.apache.org/msg41819.html
[2] http://cassandrajp.connpass.com/event/12041/

18 Mar 2015 [Jonathan Ellis / Jim]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.0.12    20 Jan 2015
2.1.3     17 Feb 2015

Development:

Cassandra developers are working on delivering 3.0 in the first half
of 2015, with user-defined functions [1], JSON support [2], disk-aware
vnodes [3], role-based access control [4], specialized hint storage
[5], global indexes [6], and Windows support.

Community:

Cassandra Day Los Angeles was a free, four-track conference that drew
about 600 attendees. [7] (The linked article says 1,000 registered;
40% did not show up, which is typical for free events.)  The next
Cassandra Day (19 March) will be done in Atlanta by the time the board
meets.

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Robert Stupp was added as committer on 15 Jan 2015.
Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

[1] http://planetcassandra.org/blog/user-defined-functions-presentation-at-cassandra-eu-summit-2014/
[2] CASSANDRA-7970
[3] CASSANDRA-6696
[4] CASSANDRA-7653
[5] CASSANDRA-6230
[6] CASSANDRA-6477
[7] http://www.datastax.com/2015/02/first-ever-cassandra-day-in-the-city-of-angels

18 Feb 2015 [Jonathan Ellis / Brett]

No report was submitted.

19 Nov 2014 [Jonathan Ellis / Greg]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.0.10        25 Aug 2014
2.1.0         11 Sep 2014
2.0.11        24 Oct 2014
2.1.1         24 Oct 2014
2.1.2         10 Nov 2014

Development:

2.1 is released with optimized repair [1] and off-heap memtables [2]
joining user-defined types [3] and collection indexing [4].  Counters
have been rewritten [5], and compaction has been tuned to be
page-cache-aware [6].

Community:

September saw 1,800 Cassandra users (and another 1,000 online) attend
the 2014 Cassandra Summit in San Francisco.  This represents a sold
out venue, up from the 1,100 from 2013.  Videos are up at [7] and a
good writeup is at [8].

Most recent committer and PMC changes:

Joshua McKenzie was added as committer on 29 Jul 2014.

Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on 7 Aug 2014.

[1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5351
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-6694
[3] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5590
[4] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-4511
[5] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-6504
[6] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/compaction-improvements-in-cassandra-21
[7] https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqcm6qE9lgKJkxYZUOIykswDndrOItnn2
[8] http://doanduyhai.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/feedback-from-sf-cassandra-summit/

20 Aug 2014 [Jonathan Ellis / Doug]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.0.8         29 May 2014
2.0.9         30 Jun 2014
1.2.17        30 Jun 2014
1.2.18        3 Jul 2014
2.1 rc1..rc6  May-Aug 2014

Development:

2.1 is feature complete with optimized repair [1] and off-heap
memtables [2] joining user-defined types [3] and collection indexing
[4].  Counters have been rewritten [5], and compaction has been tuned
to be page-cache-aware [6].

We have required more release candidates than expected.  I believe
that this is due to increased efforts around QA rather than worse
code quality than previous releases.

Community:

Joshua McKenzie was added as committer on 29 Jul 2014.

Aleksey Yeshchenko was added as PMC member on August 7 2014.

P.S.: I apologize for the late report.

[1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5351
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-6694
[3] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5590
[4] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-4511
[5] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-6504
[6] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/compaction-improvements-in-cassandra-21

21 May 2014 [Jonathan Ellis / Shane]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

1.2.15     02 Feb 2014
2.0.5      06 Feb 2014
2.1 beta1  19 Feb 2014
2.0.6      09 Mar 2014
1.2.16     30 Mar 2014
2.0.7      17 Apr 2014
2.1 beta2  04 May 2014

Development:

2.1 is feature complete with optimized repair [1] and off-heap
memtables [2] joining user-defined types [3] and collection indexing
[4].  Counters have been rewritten [5], and compaction has been tuned
to be page-cache-aware [6].  We expect the first release candidate
this month.

Community:

Tyler Hobbs was added as committer on 27 Feb 2014.

The last PMC addition was Jake Luciani in August 2013.

[1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5351
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-6694
[3] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5590
[4] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-4511
[5] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-6504
[6] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/compaction-improvements-in-cassandra-21

19 Feb 2014 [Jonathan Ellis / Greg]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

2.0.3  25 Nov 13
1.2.12 25 Nov 13
1.2.13 20 Dec 13
2.0.4  30 Dec 13
1.2.14  3 Feb 14

Development:

Work on 2.1 continues.  User-defined types [1] and collection indexing [2]
are complete, and internal optimization is ongoing: we have added a persistent,
atomic b-tree that saves 60% heap space compared to SnapTreeMap [3].

Community:

The January 2014 Cassandra Summit Japan [4] [5] saw about 100 attendees, a small
increase over December 2012.  About 2/3 of the audience were running Cassandra
in production.  There was widespread agreement that the English language
is the largest barrier to Cassandra use in Japan, and growth will not take off
until Japanese documentation is available.

Mikhail Stepura was added as committer 16 Jan 2014.

[1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5590
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-4511
[3] https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf?p=cassandra.git;a=tree;f=src/java/org/apache/cassandra/utils/btree;h=20bf514a69d2ba368adea16388670b7b2ee257bf;hb=HEAD
[4] http://b-rabbit.jp/cassandra/cstk2014/
[5] http://d.hatena.ne.jp/oranie/20140127/1390798275

AI: Greg: follow up

20 Nov 2013 [Jonathan Ellis / Sam]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

1.2.6  25 Jun 13
1.2.7  25 Jul 13
1.2.8  27 Jul 13
1.2.9  29 Aug 13
2.0.0  02 Sep 13
1.2.10 22 Sep 13
2.0.1  22 Sep 13
1.2.11 21 Oct 13
2.0.2  27 Oct 13

Development:

Cassandra 2.0.x is improving with the expected maintenance releases
[1].  Work is proceeding on 2.1, which aside from user-defined types
[2] and collection indexing [3] is focusing on performance and
stability [4] [5].

Community:

The 2013 Cassandra Summit Europe [6] in October sold out with 350
attendees, more than double 2012's figure.

[1] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/cassandra-2-0-1-2-0-2-and-a-quick-peek-at-2-0-3
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5590
[3] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-4511
[4] http://www.mail-archive.com/dev@cassandra.apache.org/msg06682.html
[5] http://www.mail-archive.com/dev@cassandra.apache.org/msg06731.html
[6] http://www.planetcassandra.org/blog/post/cassandra-summit-eu-2013---video-recordings-and-slideshare-sessions

21 Aug 2013 [Jonathan Ellis / Doug]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

1.2.5 19/May/13
1.1.12 27/May/13
1.2.6 26/Jun/13
2.0b1 12/Jul/13
2.0b2 25/Jul/13
1.2.7 26/Jul/13
1.2.8 28/Jul/13
2.0rc1 8/Aug/13

Development:

Cassandra 2.0 warrants our first major version change in two years for
two main reasons:

1. Lightweight transactions are a first for a system built on eventual
consistency, and allows opting in to linearizable consistency when
necessary, giving users the best of both worlds [1].

2. We're dropping a lot of legacy baggage (but not API compatibility),
requiring users to upgrade through 1.2 first if they are on an earlier
release [2].

Community:

The 2013 Cassandra Summit was a two-day event for the first time and
saw over 1,100 attendees in SF [3].

Jake Luciani was added to the PMC on August 12.

[1] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/lightweight-transactions-in-cassandra-2-0
[2] https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf?p=cassandra.git;a=blob_plain;f=NEWS.txt;hb=cassandra-2.0.0
[3] http://www.datastax.com/company/news-and-events/events/cassandrasummit2013

15 May 2013 [Jonathan Ellis / Doug]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

1.1.10 14/Feb/13
1.2.2 24/Feb/13
1.2.3 17/Mar/13
1.2.4 10/Apr/13
1.1.11 18/Apr/13

Development:

The Cassandra committers held an in-person roadmap discussion in San
Mateo, CA at the end of February.  Besides those based in the Bay
area, several committers flew in from out of town.  Aleksey Yeschenko
and Jake Luciani attended remotely via Google Hangout.  General
sentiment was that the meeting was a success, but we will try our next
meeting entirely virtually over Hangout, both to reduce the travel
overhead and to make everyone more of an equal participant.

I wrote up notes of the meeting itself at [1] [2] [3].

Community:

Marcus Eriksson was added as a committer.

[1] http://grokbase.com/t/cassandra/dev/132s40hvm4/notes-from-committers-meeting-overview
[2] http://grokbase.com/t/cassandra/dev/132tc8nppj/notes-from-committers-meeting-counters
[3] http://grokbase.com/t/cassandra/dev/132s6sh415/notes-from-committers-meeting-streaming-and-repair

20 Feb 2013 [Jonathan Ellis / Roy]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

1.1.7, 1.1.8, 1.1.9, 1.2.0, 1.2.1

Development:

Cassandra 1.2 was released at the beginning of January.  New features
include

- virtual nodes [1]
- collections [2]
- improved support for auto-expired data [3]
- startup optimization [4]
- atomic batches [5]

Community:

Jason Brown was added as a committer.

The Tokyo Cassandra community organized their second yearly conference
at the end of November, drawing a crowd of about 100.  Last year most
attendees were evaluating Cassandra, but this year saw many of them
discussing production experiences.

[1] http://www.acunu.com/2/post/2012/07/virtual-nodes-strategies.html
[2] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/simple-data-importing-and-exporting-with-cassandra
[3] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/tombstone-removal-improvement-in-1-2
[4] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/1-2-startup-time-improvements
[5] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/atomic-batches-in-cassandra-1-2
[6] http://b-rabbit.jp/cct2012/

AI: Greg: contact PMC to ask for dates on releases

21 Nov 2012 [Jonathan Ellis / Ross]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

Releases:

1.0.11, 1.0.12, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.6, 1.2beta1, 1.2beta2

Development:

Cassandra 1.2 is feature-frozen with the second beta release out.
Release candidates will follow shortly.  Some new features include

- virtual nodes [1]
- collections [2]
- improved support for auto-expired data [3]
- startup optimization [4]
- atomic batches [5]

Community:

Aleksey Yeschenko was added as a committer.

The Cassandra Summit in late August saw over 800 attendees across four
tracks.  Slides and videos are archived at [6].

[1] http://www.acunu.com/2/post/2012/07/virtual-nodes-strategies.html
[2] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/simple-data-importing-and-exporting-with-cassandra
[3] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/tombstone-removal-improvement-in-1-2
[4] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/1-2-startup-time-improvements
[5] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/atomic-batches-in-cassandra-1-2
[6] http://www.datastax.com/events/cassandrasummit2012/presentations

AI: Rich follow up: Would be nice to put a date next to release, for historical reference.

15 Aug 2012 [Jonathan Ellis / Greg]

Cassandra is a distributed database providing massive scalability,
high performance, and high availability.

--Releases--

1.0.10, 1.0.11, 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3

--Development--

Cassandra 1.2 is nearing code freeze.  Some new features include

- virtual nodes [1]
- collections [2]
- COPY command [3]
- improved support for auto-expired data [4]
- startup optimization [5]

[1] http://www.acunu.com/2/post/2012/07/virtual-nodes-strategies.html
[2] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/simple-data-importing-and-exporting-with-cassandra
[3] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/simple-data-importing-and-exporting-with-cassandra
[4] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/tombstone-removal-improvement-in-1-2
[5] http://www.datastax.com/dev/blog/1-2-startup-time-improvements

--Community--

Dave Brosius and Yuki Morishita were added as committers.

16 May 2012 [Jonathan Ellis / Greg]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

Cassandra Europe [1] was a full-day, two track conference that drew about 160
attendees.

Cassandra 1.1 was released, with many enhancements. [2]

[1] http://www.cassandra-eu.org/schedule
[2] https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/the_apache_software_foundation_announces26

--Releases--

0.8.10, 1.0.8, 1.0.9, 1.1.0

--Community--

Trivium: Cassandra downloads have roughly doubled vs a year ago.

AI: Greg: ask for some more details

15 Feb 2012 [Jonathan Ellis / Jim]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

Cassandra NYC [1] was a full-day, two track conference that drew about 150
attendees.

[1] http://www.datastax.com/events/cassandranyc2011

--Releases--

0.8.8, 0.8.9, 1.0.3, 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.0.6, 1.0.7

--Community--

Added committers Vijay Parthasarathy from Netflix, and Aaron Morton, an
independent consultant.

16 Nov 2011 [Jonathan Ellis / Shane]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

Releasing 1.0.0 was a big deal [1] [2].  We added the overwhelmingly most
popular feature request (compression) and addressed some long-standing
weaknesses in the storage engine.  We also continued our efforts to make
Cassandra more accessible to mainstream developers and ops teams.

[1] http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/cassandra-user/201110.mbox/%3CCAKkz8Q2HCV7GCwdTErcDhBwvOBCuVTUo%2BP1hERLTH5E_tSAyvg%40mail.gmail.com%3E
[2] https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/the_apache_software_foundation_announces18

--Releases--

0.7.9, 0.7.10, 0.8.3, 0.8.4, 0.8.5, 0.8.6, 0.8.7, 1.0.0 beta1 + rc1 + rc2,
1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2

Cassandra has attempted a 4-month release schedule for the last two major
releases (0.8.0 and 1.0.0).  0.8.0 was a month late; 1.0.0 was a week late.
This is not perfect, but it's progress.

The 1.0.0 feature freeze period also more participation than we've
seen before, particularly from the Rakuten and Gemini teams in Japan.
1.0.0 was easily our most solid .0 release yet.  Still, most teams wait
for the final release before testing in earnest.

--Community--

To celebrate 1.0.0, I offered a "Cassandra Bug Hunter" shirt to everyone
who has contributed one or more patches to Cassandra (we track these
as "contributors" in Jira).  There were 189.

17 Aug 2011 [Jonathan Ellis / Shane]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

The Cassandra SF 2011 conference was a resounding success.  We reached
the venue's capacity and had to cap attendance at about 450, over twice
last year's attendance.  We were also able to increase from two tracks
of talks, to three.

After 0.7, Cassandra switched to a time-based release process.  0.8.0
was the first release under this system and was our most stable .0
release yet.  We consider the change a success and plan to release
1.0 under a similar plan in October.

--Releases--

0.7.6, 0.7.7, 0.7.8, 0.8.0, 0.8.1, 0.8.2

0.6 has been put out to pasture.  There have been no new bug reports
and we do not anticipate any releases after April's 0.6.13.

--Community--

Added Pavel Yaskevich as committer.

19 May 2011 [Jonathan Ellis / Doug]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

After a prolonged 0.7 release with a lot of feature creep, Cassandra
has switched to a time-based release for 0.8 and expect to have it
out by the end of May.  Notable features include counter support
and CQL, an SQL-based query language with extensions for Cassandra's
sparse-row data model.

--Releases--

0.6.12, 0.6.13, 0.7.1, 0.7.2, 0.7.3, 0.7.4, 0.7.5, 0.8b1, 0.8b2

--Community--

Added Sylvain Lebresne as committer.

Roy is impressed that with nine releases this quarter, they are still unsatisfied by "long feature creep".

16 Feb 2011 [Jonathan Ellis / Sam]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

Several Cassandra deployments have gotten positive press recently,
including Netflix, Openwave, and Twitter's Rainbird.

0.7.0 was released with many new features, including index
queries against column values.

--Releases--

0.6.9, 0.6.10, 0.6.11, 0.7.0

--Community--

Added Jake Luciani as committer.

17 Nov 2010 [Jonathan Ellis / Geir]

Cassandra is a distributed database combining the best of Google's
Bigtable and Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

The ApacheCon Cassandra/NoSQL track went extremely well, with great
talks that often saw standing-room-only attendance.  The Cassandra
meetup at ApacheCon also saw a good turnout.

Cassandra got a lot of positive attention recently when Digital
Reasoning announced that the US Government has a 400 node Cassandra
cluster.

--Releases--

0.6.5, 0.6.7, 0.6.8
0.7-beta2, 0.7-beta3

0.7-final is taking longer than expected, primarily because of some
corner cases of the new schema modification code.  While we work out
those last details, we've branched 0.7 so work on new features for the
next major release can proceed in parallel.

--Community--

Cassandra has been getting a lot of positive attention at conferences,
including JavaOne, CME, Oredev, Devoxx, and NoSQL Japan, as well as
ApacheCon.

We have no new committers since the last board report, but we do see a
long tail distribution of contributions from the community -- we
recently passed the 100-person mark of contributors who have had at
least one patch accepted.  With luck we will be able to help some of
these move towards becoming a full committer.

18 Aug 2010 [Jonathan Ellis / Doug]

Cassandra is a distributed database similar to Google's Bigtable
or Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

The first Cassandra Summit was held in San Francisco on August 10
with almost 200 attendees.  The 0.7 release is coming along nicely,
with a large amount of new features and performance improvements.

--Releases--

0.6.1, 0.6.2, 0.6.3, 0.6.4
0.7-beta1

--Community--

Gary Dusbabek has been added to the PMC.  Brandon Williams was added
as committer.

Approved by general consent.

19 May 2010 [Jonathan Ellis / Brian]

Cassandra is a distributed database similar to Google's Bigtable
or Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

Digg hosted a Cassandra meetup and Hackathon in San Francisco. [1]
Cassandra was represented at NoSQL EU (dubbed "VolcaNoSQL") and
will be at this year's JavaOne [no link available yet].

[1] http://cassandrahackathon.eventbrite.com/
[2] http://www.slideshare.net/jbellis/cassandra-nosql-eu-2010

--Releases--

0.6.1

--Community--

Mailing list participation grew from 960 in March to 1495 in April.

Gary Dusbabek was voted into the PMC.

21 Apr 2010 [Jonathan Ellis / Roy]

Cassandra is a distributed database similar to Google's Bigtable
or Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

Cassandra continues to get a lot of attention as one of the big
names in "NoSQL."  Since the last board report, this includes
adoption by Reddit [1] and representation at several conferences
(e.g., [2], [3]).

The graduation-and-0.6-final press release has been well-received [4].

--Releases--

0.6 beta3
0.6 rc1, promoted to -final

--Community--

Mailing list participation grew from 419 in February to user@ to 960
in March to 521 in April as of this writing (2010/04/13). IRC
participation is also up.

[1] http://blog.reddit.com/2010/03/she-who-entangles-men.html
[2] http://phillyemergingtech.com/sessions/cassandra-your-new-best-girl
[3] http://nosqleu.com/#agenda
[4] https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/the_apache_software_foundation_announces3

Paul Querna indicated that he is following IRC which is mostly user questions; actual development is mostly in JIRA.

17 Mar 2010 [Jonathan Ellis / Jim]

Cassandra is a distributed database similar to Google's Bigtable
or Amazon's Dynamo.

--Highlights--

We're is getting a lot of positive press about Twitter's adoption of
Cassandra (see e.g. [1]).  Cassandra will be represented at at least
one conference a month until Summer.  OSCON specifically requested a
Cassandra tutorial.

[1] http://nosql.mypopescu.com/post/407159447/cassandra-twitter-an-interview-with-ryan-king

--Releases--

0.5.1, a bug fix release.
0.6 beta2, containing new features like row cache and Hadoop support

We will start voting on 0.6 RC1 soon.

--Community--

Mailing list participation is up, from 379 on -users in January to 419
in February to 237 as of this writing (2010/03/09) in March.  IRC
participation is also up.

Jim to put Cassandra in touch with Publicity

17 Feb 2010

Establish the Apache Cassandra Project

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors deems it to be in the best
 interests of the Foundation and consistent with the
 Foundation's purpose to establish a Project Management
 Committee charged with the creation and maintenance of
 open-source software related to fully distributed storage of
 structured data, for distribution at no charge to the public.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Project Management
 Committee (PMC), to be known as the "Apache Cassandra Project",
 be and hereby is established pursuant to Bylaws of the
 Foundation; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Cassandra Project be and hereby is
 responsible for the creation and maintenance of software
 related to fully distributed storage of structured data; and be
 it further

 RESOLVED, that the office of "Vice President, Apache Cassandra" be
 and hereby is created, the person holding such office to
 serve at the direction of the Board of Directors as the chair
 of the Apache Cassandra Project, and to have primary responsibility
 for management of the projects within the scope of responsibility
 of the Apache Cassandra Project; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the persons listed immediately below be and
 hereby are appointed to serve as the initial members of the
 Apache Cassandra Project:

   * Jonathan Ellis            <jbellis@apache.org>
   * Eric Evans                <eevans@apache.org>
   * Jun Rao                   <junrao@apache.org>
   * Chris Goffinet            <goffinet@apache.org>
   * Ian Holsman               <ianh@apache.org>
   * Ant Elder                 <antelder@apache.org>
   * Matthieu Riou             <mriou@apache.org>

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Jonathan Ellis
 be appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Cassandra, to
 serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the
 Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until
 death, resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification,
 or until a successor is appointed; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the initial Apache Cassandra PMC be and hereby is
 tasked with the creation of a set of bylaws intended to
 encourage open development and increased participation in the
 Apache Cassandra Project; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Cassandra Project be and hereby
 is tasked with the migration and rationalization of the Apache
 Incubator Cassandra podling; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that all responsibilities pertaining to the Apache
 Incubator Cassandra podling encumbered upon the Apache Incubator
 Project are hereafter discharged.

 Special Order 7B, Establish the Apache Cassandra Project, was
 approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

16 Dec 2009

Cassandra is a distributed storage system providing reliability at a massive
scale. Started incubation: 01/2009. Opened to community in 03/2009.

Past action items:

* Get 0.4.0 release out. Done. (And 0.4.1, and 0.4.2)

Other notable activity:

* Cassandra users survey thread including responses from Twitter, Mahalo,
Ooyala, SimpleGeo, and 20+ others:
http://n2.nabble.com/Cassandra-users-survey-td4040068.html#a4040068
* Added Chris Goffinet and Johan Oskarsson as committers

Next steps:

* Get 0.5.0 release out. (Beta1 was released a couple weeks ago; Beta2 is
being voted on now.)
* Graduate

23 Sep 2009

Cassandra is a distributed storage system providing reliability at a massive
scale. Started incubation: 01/2009. Opened to community in 03/2009.

Past action items:

 * Vote on committers Eric Evans and Jun Rao.  Done.  (And accepted.)
 * Get 0.3.0 release out.  Done.

Other notable milestones:

 * Digg is running a Cassandra cluster of almost 10 TB now.

Next steps:

 * Get 0.4.0 release out.  (Beta1 was released a couple weeks ago; RC1 is
being voted on now.)

17 Jun 2009

Cassandra is a distributed storage system providing reliability at a massive
scale.  Started incubation: 01/2009.  Opened to community in 03/2009.

The original authors of Cassandra from facebook (Avinash and Prashant) have
gone back to developing against an internal repository.  We have never seen
any involvement from initial committer Dan, either.

Despite this setback we continue to make progress; a 0.3.0 release is
imminent and two more committers have been nominated, out of six who
regularly submit patches.  Cassandra was represented at the recent NoSQL
distributed database summit by Avinash and Jonathan and was very well
received.

Past action items:

   * Consensus about the development process.  Done.  Development is done
in trunk with branches for releases.  A pre-commit patch review process is
followed that will be familiar to most apache committers.
   * JIRA permissions and configuration.  Done.
   * A bit more information on the web site.  Done.

Next steps:

   * Get new committers voted on
   * Get 0.3.0 release out

15 Apr 2009

Cassandra is a distributed storage system for managing (un)structured data
while providing reliability at a massive scale. It has been in incubation
since January 2009.

The incubator project had a very slow start. Code started to get moved over
from Google Code just about 5 weeks ago. But a very basic web site and the
wiki is in place. A new committer was elected. Unfortunately there is some
friction about contributions, code reviews and branching that needs to be
addressed ASAP. This is a community issue and we hope to get this resolved.
More on that in the next report.

   * Consensus about the development process (code reviews, branching etc)
   * JIRA permissions and configuration
   * A bit more information on the web site


= Empire-db =

Empire-db is a relational data persistence component that aims to overcome
the difficulties, pitfalls and restrictions inherent in traditional Object
Relational Management (ORM) approaches.

Empire-db is on the Apache Incubator since July 2008.

Community:
 * Development seems to pick up some momentum. Parts of the code are now
unit-tested and two new integration examples have been added (Apache CXF)
 * dev@ and user@ traffic is rising, this brought some fixes to PostgreSQL
Driver as well as some possible changes for future releases.

Release:
 * Preparations for a release are under way, this will be our first
maven-based release
 * We hope the switch to maven will lower the barrier for adoption

Issues prior to graduation:
 * Grow the community,
 * Successful maven-based release
 * Even more integration example code (Apache Wicket?) + more documentation

18 Mar 2009

Cassandra failed to report. They did recognize and discuss the need for a
report, but failed to provide one, anyway.

The Cassandra Project is a distributed storage system for managing
structured/unstructured data while providing reliability at a massive scale.

18 Feb 2009

** DID NOT REPORT **

21 Jan 2009

Newly entered Incubation.  No activity as yet.