Quartermaster v0.1 development update #1

February 13, 2018

We hope you are ready for some fireworks as we kick of the development of the first Quartermaster version that aims for general availability. The goal for this sprint, after we wrapped up prototype development in the previous one, was to establish all the building blocks that will make the Quartermaster toolchain. They are based on the new system architecture developed at the requirements workshop on January 17, and based (but developed from scratch) on the learnings from the prototype. At the end of the sprint, we had a working Quartermaster again, with some fancy graph visualisations.

Back to basics

The old prototype repository is now retired, and a new repository structure was set up. It uses Git submodules as we have the requirement to manage versions across multiple repositories. qmstr-all is the main repository. The qmstr repository contains the core toolchain, the master process and the instrumentation client.

The Quartermaster components now communicate via gRPC. The master process runs in a container, and runs a dgraph instance used to model the collected metadata. Basic queries on the database are already possible, and start to show some interesting results. It is possible to query all linked targets, or all source files, which is nice. More interestingly, it is possible to query a subtree for a specific linked target that contains the information about the actual source files and dependencies. We are getting there. Compiler instrumentation and parsing was re-implemented, for example to cover numerous corner cases for example found in the build of the Linux kernel. There are probably many more of those. We are currently testing on Linux and macOS. Support for the Visual Studio line of compilers is on the horizon, but not yet in scope.

Fancy graphs

We continue to use Curl and especially the Reuse compliant branch of it as a benchmark, and made a demo setup for it. This is a visualization of the build graph as it is put together in the Quartermaster graph database. The yellow nodes are source files or object code, the blue notes are linked targets, and the hard to see red nodes contain license information.

A QMSTR build graph of Curl

Next steps for the upcoming sprint

So the new architecture is coming along nicely, but there is still a long way to go. The skeletons of all the main components under the new architecture are there and working. The next steps are to augment the data model with copyright and license data, add the API endpoints for analysis and reporting, extend project structure to be “go get”-table, and to set up CI. By the end of sprint 2, we would like to have a complete metadata graph of the instrumented project that is ready for creating accurate reports.

The next community hangout is scheduled for February 14, 2018, at 16:00 CET. Feel free to join us!


Title image: Merritt Boyd, “Fireworks”, CC BY-SA 2.0 Thanks for sharing!