Lightning-fast cluster computing

Current Committers

Name Organization
Sameer Agarwal Databricks
Michael Armbrust Databricks
Joseph Bradley Databricks
Felix Cheung Microsoft
Mosharaf Chowdhury University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Jason Dai Intel
Tathagata Das Databricks
Ankur Dave UC Berkeley
Aaron Davidson Databricks
Thomas Dudziak Facebook
Robert Evans Oath
Wenchen Fan Databricks
Joseph Gonzalez UC Berkeley
Thomas Graves Oath
Stephen Haberman Bizo
Mark Hamstra ClearStory Data
Herman van Hovell QuestTec B.V.
Yin Huai Databricks
Shane Huang Intel
Holden Karau IBM
Andy Konwinski Databricks
Hyukjin Kwon Mobigen
Ryan LeCompte Quantifind
Haoyuan Li Alluxio, UC Berkeley
Xiao Li Databricks
Davies Liu Databricks
Cheng Lian Databricks
Yanbo Liang Hortonworks
Sean McNamara Webtrends
Xiangrui Meng Databricks
Mridul Muralidharam Hortonworks
Andrew Or Princeton University
Kay Ousterhout UC Berkeley
Sean Owen Cloudera
Tejas Patil Facebook
Nick Pentreath IBM
Imran Rashid Cloudera
Charles Reiss UC Berkeley
Josh Rosen Databricks
Sandy Ryza Remix
Kousuke Saruta NTT Data
Saisai Shao Hortonworks
Prashant Sharma IBM
Ram Sriharsha Databricks
DB Tsai Netflix
Takuya Ueshin Databricks
Marcelo Vanzin Cloudera
Shivaram Venkataraman UC Berkeley
Patrick Wendell Databricks
Andrew Xia Alibaba
Reynold Xin Databricks
Burak Yavuz Databricks
Matei Zaharia Databricks, Stanford
Shixiong Zhu Databricks

Becoming a Committer

To get started contributing to Spark, learn how to contribute – anyone can submit patches, documentation and examples to the project.

The PMC regularly adds new committers from the active contributors, based on their contributions to Spark. The qualifications for new committers include:

  1. Sustained contributions to Spark: Committers should have a history of major contributions to Spark. An ideal committer will have contributed broadly throughout the project, and have contributed at least one major component where they have taken an “ownership” role. An ownership role means that existing contributors feel that they should run patches for this component by this person.
  2. Quality of contributions: Committers more than any other community member should submit simple, well-tested, and well-designed patches. In addition, they should show sufficient expertise to be able to review patches, including making sure they fit within Spark’s engineering practices (testability, documentation, API stability, code style, etc). The committership is collectively responsible for the software quality and maintainability of Spark.
  3. Community involvement: Committers should have a constructive and friendly attitude in all community interactions. They should also be active on the dev and user list and help mentor newer contributors and users. In design discussions, committers should maintain a professional and diplomatic approach, even in the face of disagreement.

The type and level of contributions considered may vary by project area – for example, we greatly encourage contributors who want to work on mainly the documentation, or mainly on platform support for specific OSes, storage systems, etc.

Review Process

All contributions should be reviewed before merging as described in Contributing to Spark. In particular, if you are working on an area of the codebase you are unfamiliar with, look at the Git history for that code to see who reviewed patches before. You can do this using git log --format=full <filename>, by examining the “Commit” field to see who committed each patch.

How to Merge a Pull Request

Changes pushed to the master branch on Apache cannot be removed; that is, we can’t force-push to it. So please don’t add any test commits or anything like that, only real patches.

All merges should be done using the dev/ script, which squashes the pull request’s changes into one commit. To use this script, you will need to add a git remote called “apache” at, as well as one called “apache-github” at git:// For the apache repo, you can authenticate using your ASF username and password. Ask Patrick if you have trouble with this or want help doing your first merge.

The script is fairly self explanatory and walks you through steps and options interactively.

If you want to amend a commit before merging – which should be used for trivial touch-ups – then simply let the script wait at the point where it asks you if you want to push to Apache. Then, in a separate window, modify the code and push a commit. Run git rebase -i HEAD~2 and “squash” your new commit. Edit the commit message just after to remove your commit message. You can verify the result is one change with git log. Then resume the script in the other window.

Also, please remember to set Assignee on JIRAs where applicable when they are resolved. The script can’t do this automatically. Once a PR is merged please leave a comment on the PR stating which branch(es) it has been merged with.

Policy on Backporting Bug Fixes

From pwendell:

The trade off when backporting is you get to deliver the fix to people running older versions (great!), but you risk introducing new or even worse bugs in maintenance releases (bad!). The decision point is when you have a bug fix and it’s not clear whether it is worth backporting.

I think the following facets are important to consider:

  • Backports are an extremely valuable service to the community and should be considered for any bug fix.
  • Introducing a new bug in a maintenance release must be avoided at all costs. It over time would erode confidence in our release process.
  • Distributions or advanced users can always backport risky patches on their own, if they see fit.

For me, the consequence of these is that we should backport in the following situations:

  • Both the bug and the fix are well understood and isolated. Code being modified is well tested.
  • The bug being addressed is high priority to the community.
  • The backported fix does not vary widely from the master branch fix.

We tend to avoid backports in the converse situations:

  • The bug or fix are not well understood. For instance, it relates to interactions between complex components or third party libraries (e.g. Hadoop libraries). The code is not well tested outside of the immediate bug being fixed.
  • The bug is not clearly a high priority for the community.
  • The backported fix is widely different from the master branch fix.