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Quickstep Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise. For more general project status, look on the project website.


Quickstep is a high-performance database engine. It is designed to (1) convert data to insights at bare-metal speed, (2) support multiple query surfaces including SQL (the first, and current, version only supports SQL), and (3) deliver bare-metal performance on any hardware (including running on a laptop, running on a high-end (single node) server, and running on a distributed cluster). Since its inception, the project has been planned to deliver a high-performance single node system first, followed by a distributed system.

The Quickstep podling retired on 2018-12-01


  • 2016-03-29 Project enters incubation.

Project info

item type reference
Website www
. wiki
Mailing list dev
. commits
. user
. issues
. private
Bug tracking .
Source code GIT
. GitHub mirror
. Website content and docs
Mentors cos Konstantin Boudnik
. jhyde Julian Hyde
. rvs Roman Shaposhnik
Committers . Jignesh M. Patel
. cos Konstantin Boudnik
. . Harshad Deshmukh
. . Jianqiao Zhu
. . Zuyu Zhang
. . Marc Spehlmann
. . Saket Saurabh
. . Hakan Memisoglu
. . Rogers Jeffrey
. . Leo John
. . Adalbert Gerald
. . Soosai Raj
. . Udip Pant
. . Siddharth Suresh
. . Rathijit Sen
. . Craig Chasseur
. . Qiang Zeng
. . Shoban Chandrabose
. . Navneet Potti
. . Yinan Li
. . Sangmin Shin
. . James Paton
. . Shixuan Fan
. rvs Roman Shaposhnik
. jhyde Julian Hyde
. dhruba Dhruba Borthakur

Incubation status reports

Incubation work items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item
2016-04-11 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist. Please follow the guide to ensure a suitable project/product name.


date item
2016-04-11 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma. Tracking via INFRA-11645
2015-04-11 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive mailing lists.
2015-04-11 Ask infrastructure to set up issue tracker (JIRA).
2015-04-11 Ask infrastructure to set up wiki (Confluence).
2015-04-11 Ask infrastructure to set up svn pubsub website.
....-..-.. Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Mentor-related responsibility/oversight

date item
2016-04-11 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2016-04-11 Give all Mentors access to the incubator Git repository. (to be done by the Incubator PMC chair or an Incubator PMC Member wih karma for the authorizations file)
2016-04-11 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/quickstep.html'
date item
2015-04-12 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2015-04-12 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.
....-..-.. The Apache RAT check was added to check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item
2016-04-12 Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2016-04-12 Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers

date item
....-..-.. Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2016-04-11 Add all active committers in the podling description file.
....-..-.. Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on

Project specific

date item
....-..-.. Produce first Apache Incubating release.


These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.)
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?

Project Specific

date item
....-..-.. Figure out how to publish project documentation.


Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?