Yes, donating hardware to ASF is tricky for all the reasons you've outlined, not the least of which you can't donate to a specific project. That's why I emphasized **access** to hardware in my request.
Background of current ASF build machines:
1) Y! officially donated 4 machines to ASF, hosting them in a Y! data center. ASF allocated 2 to Jenkins which helped Hadoop a little bit. These are minerva and vesta, aka ubuntu1 and ubuntu2 slaves. The other 2 were allocated to a build bot setup which didn't help Hadoop.
2) A year or so later Y! put another 30 machines in the same rack as the 4 donated ASF machines, but didn't actually donate them to the ASF. When I asked ASF Infra folks, no one had problems hooking up non ASF hardware to the ASF Jenkins. Thus from these 30 machines, hadoop1 thru hadoop9 are now Jenkins slaves, plus a bunch of other nodes not connected to Jenkins.
So, donating **access** to hardware for Hadoop builds has been a relatively successful model over the past couple years. Again, another open to donating **access** to hardware for Hadoop builds?
On Aug 2, 2011, at 12:08 PM, Andrew Bayer wrote:
> As I mentioned before, I believe that ASF Infra explicitly does *not* want
> donated EC2 instances, but again, check with them to be sure and as to what
> the donation process is regardless.
> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>> That's good to know, Kos.
>> Is there any place I can find the actual usage (in terms of utilization /
>> memory-cpu-disk usage) of these build machines ?
>> Based on the Amazon EC2 pricing (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/), I
>> would like to determine which type of instances would be adequate, and how
>> much yearly budget would be needed.
>> Since ASF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, these
>> donations would be tax deductible for U.S. Based individuals. (Plus for
>> new AWS members, there is a free tier for 1 year.) Is there build infra in
>> place that will allow these individually donated ec2 instances to be
>> utilized ?
>> - Milind
>> Milind Bhandarkar
>> Greenplum Labs,
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>> On 8/2/11 11:39 AM, "Konstantin Boudnik" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>>> From about 30 boxes Y! gave to ASF at least (I believe there were more,
>>> but at
>>> least that much) 10 of them were used _exclusively_ as Hadoop build/test
>>> machines (e.g. Hudson slaves) and a number of others (about 5 at least)
>>> used for Hadoop deployment testing _exclusively_. So, I think the claim
>>> doesn't reflect the real situation with hardware donation or perhaps is
>>> missing some of the details ;).
>>> With that in mind I came across this article goo.gl/EVp5S and now I have
>>> bright idea! Shall the hardware donation be proportional to the proclaimed
>>> market share (or installation base) of a particular commercial
>>> vendor? That'd be only fair I guess... Apache Hadoop is about 65% of the
>>> installation and Y! brought in 30 machines. If a vendor A or C has say 30%
>>> then may be they feel good by donating something like 15 boxes to the
>>> Take care,
>>> Konstantin (Cos) Boudnik
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>>> On Tue, Aug 02, 2011 at 01:38PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
>>>> A couple of questions for Nigel and Andrew:
>>>> 1. What do you mean by "non-single-purpose machines" ? (I guess,
>>>> they can use for non-Hadoop projects as well ?)