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Subject: A New Year, A New Start
From: Ned Arnold <nda@aps.anl.gov>
To: "'tech-talk@aps.anl.gov'" <tech-talk@aps.anl.gov>
Cc: John Carwardine <carwar@aps.anl.gov>
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2005 16:47:41 -0600
Happy New Year -

At December's EPICS Collaboration Meeting in Tokai, Japan (co-organized by JAERI-Tokai and KEK), there was extensive discussion on how to build some momentum into the the on-going evolution, development and support of EPICS. Although all such development will continue to be a collaborative effort, it was concluded that to best make use of widely distributed resources from different institutions, some coordination, planning, and tracking of efforts is desperately needed.

Here is "a plan" that was proposed:

- Group the activities into the following categories:
   > EPICS Core  (iocCore, Channel Access, SNL)
   > Core Tools/Extensions (fundamental tools and popular extensions)
   > Collaboration Support (training, documentation, information, etc)
   > R&D for EPICS 5.0++ and beyond (EPICS 2010 follow through)

- For each category, identify a "category lead" - i.e. the
  person(s) responsible for making something happen in that
  category. [it was acknowledged that no one knows what
  authoritative body exists to approve these "leads", so we just made
  them up :) ]

- These category leads have not been given much direction (other
  than this e-mail), so it will be up to them to initiate whatever
  activity they deem appropriate. Some reasonable expectations
  would include ...

   > Identify interested people who are committed to contributing
     both ideas and effort in this category

   > Identify immediate needs, work being done, future plans
     and ideas for that category by soliciting input from
     the EPICS community (i.e. develop a plan)

   > Maintain web page(s) that clearly identify current efforts,
     planned efforts, and needed resources (i.e. publicize the plan)

> Match available resources to needed tasks and track progress

   > Ensure that plans, implementations, etc are sufficiently
     distributed/exposed for comments and all effort is done
     in a "collaborative" mode (i.e. beta releases, appropriate
     reviews, etc)

   > Report at every EPICS Collaboration Meeting on the activities
     in this category and receive honest feedback from the
     community

This plan in no way inhibits one's opportunity to contribute to the collaboration. In fact, it provides the benefit of identifying a contact person with whom to discuss your ideas/efforts!

The discussions at Tokai identified the following "Category Leads":

   > EPICS Core - Bob Dalesio
   > Core Tools/Extensions - Matthias Clausen
   > Collaboration Support - Ned Arnold/John Maclean
   > R&D for EPICS 5.0++ and beyond - Steve Hunt

The EPICS Core category has already gained some momentum. Bob presented a new Road Map that includes plans for EPICS Release 3.15, Channel Access 4.0 Definition/Development, and EPICS Release 4.0. See the last lecture listed at http://www-linac.kek.jp/epicsasia2004 (The second to last presentation conveys similar information as this e-mail).

As web-sites for each category are made available, a link will be provided from the EPICS Home Page.

We welcome your <helpful> comments. General comments may be submitted to tech-talk. Specific comments and/or suggestions for a particular category should go to the "category lead".


Ned






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