[dpdk-dev] Minutes of Technical Board Meeting, 2020-12-16

Olivier Matz olivier.matz at 6wind.com
Mon Jan 4 08:52:26 CET 2021

Minutes of Technical Board Meeting, 2020-12-16

Members Attending

- Bruce
- Ferruh
- Hemant
- Honnappa
- Jerin
- Kevin
- Konstantin
- Maxime
- Olivier (chair)
- Stephen
- Thomas

NOTE: The technical board meetings every second Wednesday on Jitsi [0]
at 3pm UTC. Meetings are public and DPDK community members  are welcome
to attend.

NOTE: Next meeting will be on Wednesday 2021-01-13 @3pm UTC, and will be
chaired by Stephen.

1/ Lab investments

Did current 101k /year investment reach the goal we set up earlier?

- The lab is currently used for performance tests, CI
- It helped to find some functional bugs
- It is needed for baremetal tests or performance tests (which cannot be
  done by a cloud test infrastructure)
- The infrastructure is there, we can use it better

Governing board asks about the proposal to add 30k /year to increase coverage

The proposal is to increase from 20 to 40 hours per week coverage,
adding 2 more student employees.

One issue now is there is one person every 2 days. Is it possible to
have the same coverage hours, but having an every-day presence?

Governing board asks Techboard to come with a single name as lab owner

A lab owner is a project manager that tracks what was agreed to do, and
find some help if needed. Ideally, it is a technical person used to
develop in DPDK.

No good solution was found. The following ideas have been mentioned:

a/ Round-robin from techboard? A quarterly basis is too short compared
   to ramp-up time, and longer periods are too long for one person.
b/ Can it be managed by Linux Foundation? (maybe ask Trishan?)
c/ Nobody

Question to ask to Govboard:

- What is the detail of the costs (infrastructure, electricity, people)?

Distributed CI should be high priority, therefore sharing test scripts
is important. It might be easier for a company to pay someone working in
its own lab.

2/ Offline documentation (.pdf) support

We can provide an offline-html (archive) format. Indeed, pdf is hard to
maintain, and html is a better format (can be interactive with CSS,
links between different guides, ...).

3/ DPDK build configuration - future enhancements

AR to Bruce to create initial version of the DD.
No progress yet.

4/ Asia DPDK Event status

- CFP should be ready (waiting for translation in mandarin)
- Moderators

- AR: Techboard members to contact chineese colleagues and see who could
  be interrested in moderating
- ~4 people are needed.
  Ruifeng (arm) and Song (arm) kindly volunteered

5/ List of supported OS

Which distributions should be tested?

In user guide, there is no such list. It looks easier to just advertise
what we test.

6/ List of OS to test in the community lab (compilation and functional)

- For compilation test: a long distribution list is possible
- For functional / performance test: test some distributions, for
  instance: ubuntu-20.04, ubuntu-18.04, RHEL8, FreeBSD latest stable,

7/ Plan for KNI (deprecate? move?)

Postponed to next meeting

8/ Position regarding TRex using a DPDK fork

Postponed to next meeting

9/ Update on DTS usability

Postponed to next meeting

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