[P4-design] Possibility of making P4 spec repository public?

Anirudh Sivaraman anirudh at csail.mit.edu
Sun Jan 8 09:12:24 EST 2017


I wanted to bump up this thread because I sent this out during the
break, when many people on the mailing list may not have seen it.

Anirudh


On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 2:55 PM, Jennifer Rexford <jrex at cs.princeton.edu> wrote:
> totally agree…
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> On Dec 22, 2016, at 12:28 PM, Nick McKeown <nickm at stanford.edu> wrote:
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> makes sense to me....
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> On 12/22/16 7:24 AM, Nate Foster wrote:
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> +1
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> On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 8:06 AM, Ben Pfaff <bpfaff at vmware.com> wrote:
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>> I'm in favor of this (I doubt this surprises anyone).
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>> Subject: [P4-design] Possibility of making P4 spec repository public?
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>> Now that P4_16 is out in the wild, I wanted to float the idea of
>> making the P4 spec repository publicly readable, with write access
>> limited to a few maintainers. I wonder what people think of this.
>> Given that the P4_16 compiler itself is public, we only stand to
>> benefit if there are more eyes on the spec, especially for small bug
>> fixes. For larger changes like a new language feature, as Mihai
>> suggested many weeks ago, we could have people change the spec, modify
>> the compiler to support the spec change, and then use both to make a
>> stronger case for the new language feature.
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>> Anirudh
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