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Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer

16 Nov 2016

CMDA provides web services for multi-aspect physics-based and phenomenon-
oriented climate model performance evaluation and diagnosis through the
comprehensive and synergistic use of multiple observational data, reanalysis
data, and model outputs.

Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer has been incubating since 2015-05-08.

The achievements in October of 2016 are:

 1. Drafted the Apache CMDA project web page
 2. Developed a mechanism to keep track of user id in each service call
 3. Designed a mechanism to define a workflow, to execute a workflow, to
    collect the result and provenance from the workflow execution.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. To facilitate workflow scenarios in which a scientist can chain two or
    more services;
 2. To develop a suite of science use cases;
 3. To demonstrate the use of provenance in recommendation of data, users,
    and services.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 A climate scientist Frank Lee has joined the project to develop science use
 cases. The priority has been shifted to helping him in adding new source
 data files and modifying the software to accommodate these new data files.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The issues that we found from our 2016 Caltech/JPL climate summer school
 have been addressed. Examples are: a mechanism to capture and store user id
 for provenance data collection, and removal of some functionalities that
 are not meant for users that do not have login accounts on our website.

Date of last release:

 XXXX-XX-XX

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?



Signed-off-by:

 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) James W. Carman
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Michael James Joyce
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Kim Whitehall

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Chris Mattmann:

   I'm worried still about this podling. Discussion seemed to still happen
   offlist and to be summarized to the list, instead of actively involving
   others in the community. Also, it says the website has been drafted -
   where is it? Where are the corresponding JIRA issues? Where are the public
   discussions about the site.  The podling is/was on a short leash since the
   [DISCUSS] Retirement vote. I'd say give it one more month, and would
   appreciate others chiming in here. The other thing I'd say is that there
   is definitely mentor attrition here. I don't think we have enough active
   mentors reinforcing and sending the message (myself included) day to day.
   It's definitely more reactive now than proactive. The podling could use
   some help in that area.

17 Aug 2016

CMDA provides web services for multi-aspect physics-based and phenomenon-
oriented climate model performance evaluation and diagnosis through the
comprehensive and synergistic use of multiple observational data, reanalysis
data, and model outputs.

Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer has been incubating since 2015-05-08.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Enlarge the CMDA community;
 2. Develop stable platform to allow broad contributors to turn in code;
 3. Develop a streamline procedure to allow the entire community to develop
    the CMDA project

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware
of?

 No.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 In this month, the CMDA community focuses on developing the summer school
 program, in order to advocate and distribute CMDA 2.0, to educate more
 students on our latest product, and to attract more people to join our
 community. So far, we have received about 25 graduate students who show
 interest and will come to our summer school to learn CMDA 2.0 product and
 the platform.

 Meanwhile, with the great guidance from our mentors, the CMDA community
 has learned to run the project from various aspects in an Apache way. Many
 community meetings were held to streamline and develop our operation
 regulations. Here we just name a few strategies. Weekly community meetings
 are arranged with pre-distributed meeting agenda. Meeting invites are sent
 to all community members with open access to the weekly meetings. After
 each community meeting, various contributors/groups summarize their to-do
 items on the community mailing list, to welcome all community members'
 input. Community communication always adopts the community mailing list as
 carrier. More committers join the voting group. More committers are
 recommended based on their active performance in the community.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 We have successfully encapsulated and deployed CMDA 2.0 onto Amazon cloud
 environment, leveraging docker technology to ensure scalability.
 Provenance engine is also deployed onto Amazon cloud to ensure that we
 gather all provenance during the summer school for further study and
 development of our project after the summer school.

Date of last release:

 XXXX-XX-XX

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?



Signed-off-by:

 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) James W. Carman
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Chris Mattmann
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Michael James Joyce
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Kim Whitehall
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Gregory D. Reddin

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 * Chris Mattmann - The community has shown progress in addressing a near vote
   to terminate the podling. There were and still are concerns that need to be
   tended to and watched but as a mentor I am pleased by the efforts of Jia,
   Seungwon, and Lei whom I have seen contribute to the discussion. I think we
   should continue to closely evaluate the progress, but I am happy with this
   month.

  * Drew Farris - Three mentors active on the mailing lists. Kudos to Chris to
    the amount of engagement here. After choosing to avoid retirement the
    community is taking concrete steps to increase its engagement with ASF by
    establishing a web presence at Apache, creating committer accounts,
    preparing code for contribution and moving processes to the mailing lists.
    This podling is moving to a monthly reporting cycle for the next three
    months progress can be monitored closely.

16 Mar 2016

CMDA provides web services for multi-aspect physics-based and phenomenon-
oriented climate model performance evaluation and diagnosis through the
comprehensive and synergistic use of multiple observational data, reanalysis
data, and model outputs.

Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer has been incubating since 2015-05-08.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Moving project communication to the mailing list;
 2. Moving development activities to be owned by Apache;
 3. Working on community building.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?



How has the community developed since the last report?

 * Started using the mailing list dev@cmda.incubator.apache.org
   to communicate project development issues;
 * Created a Docker container that will be used for our future
   development as well as deployment vehicle (in progress);
 * Working on a unified git repository to host both the CMU and
   the JPL code bases;

How has the project developed since the last report?

 * The JPL team developed the following new services:
   * Time series for multiple datasets
   * Conditional probability density function calculation
   * Empirical orthogonal function calculation
   * Random forest feature importance calculation
   * Anomaly calculation
 * The JPL team improved these features:
   * A new color scheme of data visualization of some services
   * The URL for a RestFul service call has been constructed
 * The JPL team is working on
   * supporting a workflow with CMDA services. identified first examples to
     work on.
   * modifying the CMDA services to be “chainable” (callable in a
     workflow).
 * The CMU team created a unified github repository that
   has both the CMU and JPL code bases. Needs cleanup;
 * The CMU team created a new Docker container that has
   the latest Ubuntu operating system and the run-time
   environment for the CMU deployment;
 * The JPL team installed the run-time environment in
   the Docker container for the JPL deployment.
   An integrated test is pending;
 * The JPL team acquired a GPU server that will be used
   as the testbed for speeding up their web services;

Date of last release:

 XXXX-XX-XX

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?



Signed-off-by:

 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) James W. Carman
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Chris Mattmann
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Michael James Joyce
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Kim Whitehall
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Gregory D. Reddin

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Great news! The community wrote the report this month! Thank you to
 Lei Pan for pushing forward and I have high hopes over the next few months
 we can light a fire under this project.

18 Nov 2015

CMDA provides web services for multi-aspect physics-based and phenomenon-
oriented climate model performance evaluation and diagnosis through the
comprehensive and synergistic use of multiple observational data, reanalysis
data, and model outputs.

Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer has been incubating since 2015-05-08.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Increase email and communication traffic
 2. Build a CMDA website at Apache
 3. Learn more about Apache way

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 The project is still in its nascence and the PPMC is still learning the
 Apache way and moving out of JPL/CMU centric development. The project team
 wants to do a good job they are just moving along slowly.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 More commits and code are being done on the Apache Git repo, almost
 exclusively. They still come in bulk rather than incrementally.  Also
 notes from meetings held between JPL and CMU project members are being
 flushed to the list to increase awareness and participation.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 1. Deployed to the Amazon Cloud (AWS);
 2. Students from the 2015 JPL center for climate sciences summer school
    used the Amazon Cloud deployment for class projects;
 3. New design and implementation of front end web interface for
    flexibility and to facilitate provenance;
 4. Acquired new ECMWF data;
 5. Created a knowledge graph based on provenance accumulated from the 2015
    Summer School usages;
 6. New services to come soon: Random Forests and Empirical Orthogonal
    Function Analysis (EOF).

 More code is coming. Need to do a website, and start to use
 issue tracking, etc.

Date of last release:


When were the last committers or PMC members elected?


Signed-off-by:

 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) James W. Carman
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Chris Mattmann
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Michael James Joyce
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Kim Whitehall
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Gregory D. Reddin

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 John D. Ament (johndament):

   There are a couple of concerns raised in this report, specifically that
   ASF infrastructure is not the canonical source of truth for the podling
   and limited external participation.

15 Jul 2015

CMDA provides web services for multi-aspect physics-based and phenomenon-
oriented climate model performance evaluation and diagnosis through the
comprehensive and synergistic use of multiple observational data, reanalysis
data, and model outputs.

Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer has been incubating since 2015-05-08.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Get all initial committers/IPMCers ICLA filed
 2. Get all initial committers/IPMCers on the mailing lists
 3. Get code into ASF repo

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No change, see below.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 CMDA is still in spin up mode. 4 out 7 initial members have ICLAs on file.
 Mentors are working with the rest to move this forward. The project has
 JIRA and git setup. Code and development still need to be moved. The
 mailing lists are setup but not all of the initial members have
 registered.  Again, mentors are working to help move this forward.

Date of last release:

 None yet

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 None yet

Signed-off-by:

 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) James W. Carman
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Chris Mattmann
 [X](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Michael James Joyce
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Kim Whitehall
 [ ](climatemodeldiagnosticanalyzer) Gregory D. Reddin