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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".
|ANJ, 02 Sep 2010||
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