Linaro LAVA changes

LAVA is a Continuous Integration tool for testing firmware, pre-OS environment, and embedded OSes, including QEMU-based systems as well as live hardware. Linaro is refactoring the code, which will impact test code and their running validation service, as well as renaming Linaro-Validation to lava-devel. The lava-users and lava-announce lists still exist. Neil Williams of Linaro announced some changes to LAVA, after discussing things at last week’s Linaro Connect. Excerpts of anouncement:

The LAVA dispatcher is being refactored and this had led to advancements and modifications in the lava-server as well as a completely re-written job submission format. LAVA is retaining compatibility *only* with the Lava Test Shell Definitions (the YAML files people are currently using) and there can be no automated way of converting existing JSON job submissions to the new job submission format (which uses YAML to allow for comments, amongst other improvements). The refactoring introduces a lot of benefits, including much more robust communication between the workers and the master, removal of configuration on the workers so that admins only change things in one place, a lot of new methods within the dispatcher to support new types of test and a much cleaner, more modular, codebase for future development. The timetable for these changes is expected to cover most of 2016.

The LAVA developers would ask that everyone running LAVA would subscribe to at least the lava-announce mailing list, to help with the migration to the new support.

Full announcement:
https://lists.linaro.org/pipermail/lava-announce/2015-September/000000.html

More information:
https://sfo15.pathable.com/meetings/302656
https://sfo15.pathable.com/meetings/303074
https://validation.linaro.org/
https://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/lava-users
https://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-validation

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