[lustre-devel] Lustre upstreaming status.

NeilBrown neilb at suse.de
Wed Dec 18 21:31:24 PST 2019

Hi all,
 At the LUG in Houston, I said that I hoped to submit something upstream
 by the end of 2019.  Clearly that isn't going to happen now.

 The main reason that caused me to not even try is IPv6 support.
 It became apparent to me that LNet would not be accepted until it has
 working IPv6 support, and that doesn't exist yet.
 I hope to put some development time into IPv6, and to have something
 that works and is worth reviewing by the end of January 2020.

 The other issue is that development has progressed slowly because
 there is no spare review bandwidth.  James has contributed a lot, and
 others have helped, but reviewing patches for two code streams (OpenSFS
 and Linux-upstream) turns out to be too much to ask for.
 So I've decided to take a different approach.  From now on I'm not
 going to wait for reviews for patches going into my linux-lustre tree.
 Part of my justification for this is that historically, review hasn't
 really provided much promise of correctness.  Patches go missing.
 Random lines from patches go missing.  Errors creep in in other ways.

 Instead, I am developing a tool which will compare OpenSFS lustre
 and Linux-lustre and report relevant differences.  I have a prototype
 working, and it is helping me to find missing patches and parts of
 patches in both trees.

 I will continue to submit patches to gerrit to bring OpenSFS closer to
 my linux tree when that is needed, and will apply patches from OpenSFS
 to my tree without extra review when that it needed.

 When the time comes to submit upstream, I plan to present the tool so
 that other developers can confirm that what I am submitting is
 functionally equivalent to OpenSFS, and so that we can ensure the
 equivalence remains.

 Consequently my "lustre" branch will jump forward to v5.4 soon,
 probably tomorrow, and will remain close to mainline.
 I will also be growing my list of outstanding OpenSFS patches
 (currently about 100, many of which haven't been submitted to gerrit
 yet) and will hope to get those reviewed.  Any changes that result from
 the review will be detected by my comparison script when the patch
 lands, and I'll update linux-lustre to match.

 My new goal for upstream submission is the end of Q1-2020.  This is
 probably a bit optimistic, but gives me a suitable focus.

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