SIG Status: Proposed
Note: The community behind this SIG eventually determined that OpenHPC is the better place to do this work, and the proposal remains here for archival purposes only.
This SIG will provide tools used in HPC environments to allow for easier stand-up, configuration, and deployment of HPC clusters. Primary reason for the SIG's existence will be to improve the state of High performance computing related packages on CentOS and similar distributions, with special focus on stability of builds, CentOS (and similar distribution) related improvements for OpenHPC project and getting new HPC packages built.
Initial bootstrap stacks:
- OpenHPC project packages
The SIG will provide packages and package repos, with goals to provide containers and ci as the SIG matures and develops.
The output of HPC SIG will consist of
- Packages : We will aim to primarily support the core functionality we deliver from the SIG repos, all content needed as dependencies and support will be imported from related SIG's or EPEL. The dependency content will have a much lower attention rate from our side, relying on the originating repos to patch, upgrade and bugfix as needed.
- Documentation including quick start guides on wiki.centos.org
- Integration bits, like ansible playbooks and puppet manifests
- Containers and pre-built images as needed
Our content will follow the established model, wherein content is built and tag'd as Candidate, once approved by the contributor, we will tag all content as 'Testing' allowing it to then be promoted towards an early adopter, tester, developer audience. Once an acceptable test level is reached without issues, we will tag content for 'Release'. At this time, its available for other SIGs to consume, and available on user machines etc.
Released packages are available after adding the release repository via yum install centos-release-hpc.
Mailing List and Communication
Preferred coordination and communication is using firstname.lastname@example.org or using #centos-devel on freenode. For emails, please consider to tag the mail by adding [!HPC] to the subject. In the future, if the volume of conversation goes up to a point where its a distraction, we might request our own dedicated mailing list.
We might also request that major announcements like version update and events are announced via the official CentOS formats, including the announce list, social media, irc and other related venues.
We shall also aim to ensure all releases and announcements are pushed via upstream venues, specially those that represent the content being released.
We will request resources as and when needed, however to start up we would want :
- access to generate SIG tags on cbs.centos.org
- ability for the entire SIG members to push packages to cbs.centos.org
- ability to build delivery artifacts ( packages, docs, containers etc )
- ability to engage with the CentOS community at large, via established and new venues
- Support CentOS Dojo's via participation, content and help with running them
- lists, source hosting, rpm hosting, space on mirror.centos.org and buildlogs.centos.org as needed
- ability to leverage established and future relationships that the CentOS Project develops with vendors and ecosystems / verticals.
There will be a core set of admins in our steering committee, who will verify all further requests to join the SIG and a series of committers. Admins might change in due course, and we will aim to maintain a low barrier for commit access. All authorisations will run via accounts.centos.org.
For persons interested in contributing to the SIG, please send a mail to the centos-devel mailing list and announce your interest. We also host regular weekly meetings, please join the meeting. You should be able to see our meeting schedule at https://www.centos.org/community/calendar
The steering committee now consists of: