Morgan McLean
Aug 16 · 3 min read

Welcome to the second monthly OpenTelemetry community update! We post these every month to recap the project’s status, important news, and discussions that took place during the monthly community meeting. If you’re new to the OpenTelemetry community, you should definitely join our community mailing list and subscribe to the shared community calendar (web, gCal, iCal). We also have a very popular official chatroom on Gitter.

Project Status

Every OpenTelemetry SIG is working towards two important milestones:

  • An initial release in September that will provide a complete spec and close to full functionality for the Java, Go, Node, Python, and .Net libraries, along with the agent / service. This release will be considered alpha / beta quality: it’ll be mostly feature complete but could be followed by breaking API changes and isn’t necessarily ready for production usage.
  • A v1 release in late November / early December that focuses on performance and production-readiness. There won’t be any breaking changes to the APIs after this release and it’ll be intended for production usage.

Lots of progress is being made! The distributed tracing spec is mostly complete and has been implemented or is close to being implemented across all of the languages in the initial release. Work on the metrics specification isn’t as far along, and the specification SIG will be meeting in person next week to speed up progress and unblock library development.

SIG-specific updates:

Agent / Service

  • Released to alpha last week! Now working on stabilization and production-readiness.
  • New feature: automatic tags / annotations of traces in captured in Kubernetes
  • Looking for feedback from community members! Please reach out to SIG members on Gitter or during their weekly meetings (listed on the shared community calendar)

Specification

  • The tracing spec is mostly complete, however the sampling API and details on context propagation still need to be completed and don’t have date estimates
  • The metrics spec still isn’t ready for implementation, which is blocking several language SIGs
  • Will be meeting in person next week to speed up progress and unblock implementors

Java

  • Blocked on metrics spec, should be resolved next week
  • Can now export traces to Jaeger

Go

  • Blocked on metrics spec, should be resolved next week
  • Progress is otherwise on-track

Javascript

  • Scope Manager SDKs are complete
  • Tracing SDK work is underway, along with the Zipkin exporter and HTTP plugin ; expected to complete by the end of September
  • Work on the OpenTracing shim begins this week

Python

  • Blocked on metrics spec, should be resolved next week
  • Progress is otherwise on-track

.Net

  • Tracing already has an alpha release
  • Work has begun on the OpenTracing shim

Ruby

  • SDK and auto-installer will likely slip the September date, which was previously expected, though the API will be functionally complete

Kubecon

Members of the OpenTelemetry community have made a number of submissions for Kubecon talks, including project updates, maintainer-track talks about how to get more involved in the community, and developer deep dives. The dates of the conference coincide with the v1 release, meaning that this year’s conference is a great opportunity for us to increase awareness amongst potential users and community members, and to celebrate the progress that we’ve made.

We’ll find out which OpenTelemetry talks were accepted in September, meaning that we should have a full list in next month’s community update.

OpenTelemetry

OpenTelemetry makes robust, portable telemetry a built-in feature of cloud-native software, and is the next major version of both OpenTracing and OpenCensus.

Morgan McLean

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Product Manager for OpenTelemetry / OpenCensus and Stackdriver APM at Google

OpenTelemetry

OpenTelemetry makes robust, portable telemetry a built-in feature of cloud-native software, and is the next major version of both OpenTracing and OpenCensus.

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