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From: Matthew Knepley (knepley_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-15 14:24:24

Benjamin Allan <baallan_at_[hidden]> writes:

         I would like to emphasize Ben's point about integration.
I really could care less whether the implementation works right now
or not. However, I care very much how the build system functions,
since that it where the hard work of integration will be. You are
making my job harder by restricting the source. I think the fears
of allowing access to buggy code are far overblown. I develop an
open source package with thousands of users and always allow access
to the latest code. Most people do not even upgrade to the latest
release, let alone dive in and test out alpha code.



> Just a brief response on two points (lest the 'insiders' think
> there are no sympathetic outsiders...).
> On Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 01:09:27PM -0400, Jeff Squyres wrote:
>> Although we have not made a final decision yet, given that community
>> involvement is a *strong* goal of this project, we've actively
>> discussed several models of how to bring the community into Open MPI.
>> One possibility is to have a minimal registration mechanism where
>> anyone who registers can get anonymous/read-only access. This would
>> likely be a suitable deterrent for someone to take our work and claim
>> it as their own (because there would be a paper trail).
> a)
> It has not been my experience that a paper trail makes the
> class of people prone to theivery any less prone to theivery.
> The sad reality of ineffective (totally absent?) quality control by
> journals and conferences makes the deterrent effect unlikely.
> b)
> On the release issue, the '"slow stable" plus snapshots' release
> cycle (after the initial stable point) seems very desirable to me.
> I've lost countless months of time making my primary open-source
> deliverable appear "stable" to the users in spite of deep instabilities
> in external tools I am forced to incorporate for programmatic reasons.
> open-mpi, I can guarantee, will be added to this list of external
> dependencies I have to cope with and I'm thrilled to see folks aiming
> to keep the quality high in the first release.
> What I would like to see, as the developer of another (non-competing)
> infrastructure tool set, is some sort of little web form or at
> least an email link where
> I can put in a description of my project and say why it should be
> given early access, rather than just being told "sorry, closed".
> It takes time to incorporate a new mpi implementation (and yet
> another set of awful build requirement peculiarities) into a
> a package like mine that is expected to be portable and to cope
> seamlessly with every mpi that comes along. I can guarantee
> that within days of the open-mpi download becoming public,
> people will be dumping hatemail in *my* mailbox because the
> toolset i support isn't 'open-mpi-ready'.
> As it happens, I can get a bootleg (not necessarily current)
> openmpi tarball from
> someone nearby as I work at Sandia, but that shouldn't have
> to be the case. Wouldn't it be better if (knowing that
> testing comes with certain politeness requirements and testing
> duties) those who have to support open-mpi users get to do
> gamma-testing programming before the release (since beta is closed)?
> On the question of 'benefit of more testers' from 'my' class
> of user. You're right, i don't have the slightest interest
> in examining or reporting bugs down in 95% of your code.
> (unless valgrind tells me otherwise...)
> But the 5% of code which the end user (and more importantly
> down-stream build systems) have to see is likely to be
> gone over with a fine-toothed comb.
> thanks,
> Ben
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