Call For Discussion: New Project: Atlantis
jcbeyler at google.com
Tue Nov 20 20:36:16 UTC 2018
Thanks all for the questions and feedback. I've tried to summarize the
- I want to be really clear that I don't have all the answers, I believe
very strongly in trial and error
- Part of this project's motivation is to have these conversations :)
- Another part is that I think there is something to be gained by this
project and it is exactly what *Mario* has said above: that there be an
"umbrella for experimentation; This will probably already cure most of the
risk of such fragmentation, however, if it's a written statement in the JEP
goals it makes more explicit that we are interested in enhancing the
current frameworks rather than creating alternative versions (unless it
*really* makes sense to do so)."
-> Exactly, I'm not interested in creating the next "shiny thing"
that actually does the same thing as existing items; I am interested in
looking at an issue/monitoring feature; considering all existing
frameworks; seeing where it would fit best; figure out if it is feasible
acceptable; then move forward".
- (*From Thomas *mainly but also *Mario*) Is there a risk of fragmentation
of knowledge or fragmenting serviceability?
- I don't think so nor do I want to; I'm actually against fragmentation
in almost all cases to be very honest and clear; that is why I've tried to
work closely with the serviceability team and engineers to figure out what
could/should be the scope of this project
- Let us not forget that in the end, the work done in this project
still needs a JEP to get into the mainline and that is our last
barrier/hurdle that ensures consistency in OpenJDK and not fragmentation
- To finish this subject (and re-iterate), if an item is to do
"yet-another-monitoring/performance-analysis tool" that could be done by
the various ones we have already available, I believe it has no place in
this project; on the other hand, if it can be proved that X cannot be done
at all in a product environment with current systems then we can/should
start asking the questions:
- Is there a solution close, how could it be extended, what do the
current developers of that mechanism think, should we try to prototype
something to see the extent of changes, should we push it to being a JEP
from this project? It is for those cases that I see a path forward via this
- I think that the balance between what could go directly to mainline
or via this project has to be found, I don't have the right answer, I have
the items I know I'd like to work on openly via this project and then see
what comes from them; but I'm open to suggestions :-)
- Which means I don't have the right answer of what should go
directly to serviceability-dev or here when it's a "Hey I have this" or
"Hey could we that" type of question; I think we will see what happens,
right now, I'm personally going to concentrate on the internal features we
have at Google to start the conversation and the project work and see where
that takes me/us if that helps. I'm open to any explicit guideline that is
deemed necessary/warranted or we can do what I would hope is possible too:
by having myself, Serguei, and core members of serviceability, we will work
out the balance together as we move forward.
*From Andrew *mainly*:* I'm going to quote Andrew's question/comment here:
"JC, can you provide assurance that Google staff involved in pushing any
code upstream will also be available to help perform that maintenance
effort, in this case presumably as members of the serviceability team?"
(Pre-amble: I believe it is a valid question for any relatively new-comer
to be asked this question and hopefully my answer does help have confidence
in my actual resolve)
I actually had a longer answer but thought I was diluting the actual answer
that you are looking/hoping for:
- I believe that this is true for any JEP being submitted: ie if you
push code upstream, you should be available for maintaining that code
- I sincerely only can talk about myself and I think we are in
agreement, any work coming in the mainline is additional burden and that is
what the JEP process is about: defining the work, the testing, the risks
and the maintenance; I believe that as we move forward, we would only
shepherd JEPs to the mainline in which we are confident that they will be
maintained right and not be added burden to the rest of the team
- Finally, I think that this is the biggest reason we need to have the
right people as reviewers, experts, and committed people to ensure this
very fact; we do not want contribute-and-run scenarios; this not only hurts
the code-base, it hurts the community at large.
So I don't answer your question directly because I want this not to be a
Google-specific project, nor do I want it to be Google is pushing code via
this project. You have my assurance that any JEP that I contribute to and
push forward has my commitment to be helping the maintenance of AND that
I'll make very clear to whoever is trying to do work in Atlantis and trying
to then go to the mainline via a JEP that the JEP must have a engineer
maintenance assurance that we, the community, feel comfortable with. So I
believe I do however answer that I think your sentence is the right one
across the board and we should all abide by:
"There is a requirement that anything new of a significant size or
complexity that gets developed under a JEP and then integrated into the
mainline repos will have someone available to maintain it."; I don't think
this needs to be stated in the project description but I can definitely add
it as I believe in this probably more strongly than most ;-)
To finish this first long answer, and as someone recommended to me as well,
I am hoping to get serviceability core members and members from the various
monitoring tools (JVMTI, JMX, JMC and JFR) to be interested and be able to
follow up with opinions about key items:
- "I think this could be done via JVMTI, JMX, JMC and JFR; we should
either go do it via their projects/branches"
- I have no problem a monitoring/perf. analysis team saying let's
prototype/experiment this idea here in Atlantis; then we can see if will
merge it with the mainline
- This participation can be ad-hoc or via being an initial
And that should solve the questions that Mario had about that side.
Hopefully my answer helps understand that this project is an attempt to
have a venue to create conversations about current internal systems or
non-existant ones and that we can see what "sticks" and what doesn't; where
it would "stick" potentially, what it would like and then how could be best
push it forward with the support of the whole community.
I'll finish the way I started, I don't believe in fragmentation, I don't
believe in trying to build "yet-another-X" when the existing systems
On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 10:41 AM <jesper.wilhelmsson at oracle.com> wrote:
> On 20 Nov 2018, at 17:21, Mario Torre <neugens at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2018-11-20 at 15:38 +0000, Andrew Dinn wrote:
> On 20/11/2018 15:14, Mario Torre wrote:
> On Tue, 2018-11-20 at 15:38 +0100, Thomas Stüfe wrote:
> I'm worried about fragmentation though. Once we have this
> what is then the role of serviceability-dev? Just smallish
> fixes? Also, the fact that VM developer feedback is hard to come
> mostly due to a lack of time on their part, and a new mailing
> will not fix that.
> Generally projects have their own mailing lists for development
> they are "finished", I would expect that for this project it would
> the same, once it's integrated into mainline it becomes part of the
> serviceability code and the project mailing list is folded into
> serviceability-dev, until then it's somewhat an independent unit.
> Well, there is a requirement that anything new of a significant size
> complexity that gets developed under a JEP and then integrated into
> mainline repos will have someone available to maintain it.
> Yes, indeed!
> JC, can you provide assurance that Google staff involved in pushing
> code upstream will also be available to help perform that maintenance
> effort, in this case presumably as members of the serviceability
> n.b. Modulo the above detail I'm all for this proposal. I'd be very
> pleased if the project brings opportunities for Google either to
> upstream their existing work to everyone's benefit or, where for
> whatever reason that is not feasible, to help tailor existing
> capabilities (such as JFR events) so they might encompass Google's
> downstream needs.
> It's very welcome to see Google so willing to contribute to OpenJDK.
> I agree!
> I actually wanted to ask that one written requirement in the JEP would
> be to extend Flight Recorder whenever it makes sense, even if this
> means going an extra step (in other words, the default option), so that
> we avoid fragmentation and the proliferation of a multitude of tools.
> Given that it is an explicit goal to extend and utilize existing
> frameworks rather than adding another one, I welcome this project.
> I understand the project is meant to be some sort of umbrealla for
> experiementation? This will probably already cure most of the risk of
> such fragmentation, however, if it's a written statement in the JEP
> goals it makes more explicit that we are interested in enhancing the
> current frameworks rather than creating alternative versions (unless it
> *really* makes sense to do so).
> Mario Torre
> Associate Manager, Software Engineering
> Red Hat GmbH <https://www.redhat.com>
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