Linux Foundation 2024 Program Timeline

Full-Time Terms:

  • Spring Term: March 1st - May 31st
    • mentorships available on LFX Mentorship: Jan 15th, 2024
    • applications open: Jan 29th - Feb 13th (2 weeks)
    • application review/admission decisions/HR paperwork: Feb 14th - Feb 27th
  • Summer Term: June 1st - August 31st
    • mentorships available on LFX Mentorship: April 15th, 2024
    • applications open: April 29th - May 14th (2 weeks)
    • application review/admission decisions/HR paperwork: May 15th - June 29th
  • Fall Term: September 1st - Nov 30th
    • mentorships available on LFX Mentorship: July 27th, 2024
    • applications open: August 2nd - August 15th (2 weeks)
    • application review/admission decisions/HR paperwork: August 16th - August 29th
Part-time terms will start on the same schedule and last six versus three months.

About Layer5 and its projects

The Layer5 community embraces developer-defined infrastructure. We empower developers to change how they write applications, support operators in rethinking how they run modern infrastructure, and enable product owners to regain full-control over their product portfolio. Our cloud native application and infrastructure management software enables organizations to expect more from their infrastructure.

Our inclusive and diverse community stewards projects to provide learning environments, create and implement cloud native industry standards, deployment and operational best practices, benchmarks and abstractions, and more. Our pay-it-forward mentality with every contributor (mentee or not) is a shared commitment by all maintainers (and MeshMates - contributor onboarding buddies) to the open source spirit that pushes Layer5 projects like Meshery forward. New members are always welcome.

About Meshery

Meshery is the open source, service mesh management plane for enabling the adoption, operation, and management of any service mesh and their workloads. There are many service meshes available. Software-defined networking is difficult to understand. Meshery’s aim is to make the power of the network available to the rest of us.

About our Community

Layer5 is all about its community of contributors. We have designed an onboarding program customized to meet newcomers where they’re at and developed an onboarding buddy program, MeshMates with individuals dedicated to assisting contributors. Layer5 and Meshery have been around for a year and half and have a healthy, growing community of 800+ contributors. The website itself is open source and created by 400+ of our contributors.

Technical writers and other contributors are what comprise Layer5 - an open organization, built for the community by the community. Many student contributors have been placed into new jobs with technology companies like Red Hat, Microsoft, and VMware to name a few of the larger organizations. Layer5 expects much from interns and in return, we put them on stage at DockerCon and KubeCon. We promote them and uplift their works. There are many, many examples of this on the websites. A number of former interns are now project maintainers.

LFX Mentorship 2024 Spring Projects


UI Migration from MUI v4 to MUI v5 and NextjS 13

Description: Meshery's UI is powerful and utilizes frameworks like Next.js and Material-UI. However, it relies on outdated technology stacks, resulting in performance inefficiencies and increased maintenance overhead.

Expand Meshery CLI capabilities for registry management

Description: Meshery CLI is a powerful tool to manage all your cloud native resources, Meshery has internal capability called Registry to store and manage models, categories, component and relationship, presently Meshery’s v0.7 release allow users to view all this information from Mehery UI. We also need to expose Meshery’s registry capability through mesheryctl

Expand integration of Meshery with Artifact Hub

Description: While Meshery has made significant strides, its integration with Artifact Hub requires expansion and enhancement to maximize users experience. The goal is expand integration between Meshery and Artifact Hub which starts with making Meshery designs as a new Artifact Hub kind.

Service Mesh Performance

Nighthawk Advanced Load Controller

Description: The adaptive load controller operates by iteratively running optimization routines to ascertain the maximum load a system can sustain. Typically, this maximum load is determined by the system's capacity to handle requests per second (rps). The metrics, such as CPU usage and latency, collected from the system under test (SUT) serve as constraints to assess whether the SUT can sustain the imposed load. However, it lacks comprehensive lifecycle management functionalities. This hinders its adoption and limits its potential for continuous performance monitoring and optimization.

Nighthawk Distributed Performance Tests

Description: Many performance benchmarks are limited to single instance load generation (single pod load generator). This limits the amount of traffic that can be generated to the output of the single machine that the benchmark tool runs on in or out of a cluster. Overcoming this limitation would allow for more flexible and robust testing. Distributed load testing in parallel poses a challenge when merging results without losing the precision we need to gain insight into the high tail percentiles. Distributed load testing offers insight into system behaviors that arguably more accurately represent real-world behaviors of services under load as that load comes from any number of sources.

  • Expected Outcome: Implementation of distributed load generation in Nighthawk. Integration of Nighthawk with relevant service mesh performance testing scenarios. Capability to invoke Nighthawk for distributed load testing through APIs and command-line interfaces. Implementation of reporting mechanisms for distributed load testing results.
  • Recommended Skills: Golang, familiarity with HTTP/HTTPS performance testing tools, Service Mesh, grpc, familiarity with containerization technologies, like Docker would be helpful.
  • Mentor(s): Lee Calcote, Xin Huang
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CNCF TAG Network

Mapping Kubernetes Resources: Identifying relationships between all standard and custom resources

Description: The OpenAPI specifications for Kubernetes provides taxonomy, but augmenting a graph data model with formalized ontologies enables any number of capabilities, one of the more straightforward is the inferencing requisite for natural language processing, and consequently, a human-centric query / response interaction becomes becomes possible. More importantly, more advanced systems can be built when a graph data model of connected systems is upgraded to be a knowledge semantic graph.

LFX Mentorship 2024 Summer Projects


Meshery: Meshery: Project tutorials, design patterns, & publish reference architectures

  • Description: Meshery the CNCF’s 10th fastest growing project. As a cloud native manager, Meshery integrates with 250+ projects and technologies. For each CNCF project integrated with Meshery, tutorials, sample designs, and deployment patterns with reference architectures need to be created. For the earnest, DevOps-minded intern, this internship represents a vast opportunity to learn, document, and publish tutorials and best practices not only around Meshery, but for any number of the other CNCF projects, too. You will use the Meshery Playground

  • Expected Outcome:

    • 25+ new design patterns published in Meshery Catalog and Artifact Hub.
    • 5 new Meshery tutorials published in Meshery Docs.
    • Bonus: Extend one or more of Meshery’s Learning Paths.
  • Recommended Skills: written English, Kubernetes, DevOps, and familiarity with any number of other CNCF projects, like Jaeger, Helm, Harbor, Flux, Argo, Flux, Falco, etc., Jekyll, strong organizational skills

  • Mentor(s): Yash Sharma, Lee Calcote

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Meshery: End-to-End Testing with Playwright

  • Description: Meshery integrates with many other CNCF projects and technologies. Sustaining those integrations is only possible through automation. End-to-end testing with Playwright, GitHub Workflows, and self-documenting test reports is the means to the end of maintaining a healthy state of each of these Meshery integrations.

  • Expected Outcome:

    • Successful migration of E2E tests from Cypress to the Playwright test library within the Meshery project.
    • Implementation of robust and reliable test cases using Playwright to cover a wide range of Meshery's E2E scenarios.
    • Documentation detailing the migration process, and guidelines for future contributions to maintain test quality.
    • Integration of Playwright test suite into the Meshery CI/CD pipeline to ensure continuous testing and reliability of the platform.
  • Recommended Skills: JavaScript, Playwright, GitHub Workflows, Jekyll, Markdown, familiarity with React or Nextjs would be helpful, CI/CD

  • Mentor Name: Lee Calcote, Aabid Sofi

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Meshery: Support versioning for Meshery designs

  • Description: Meshery design is a common practice of both configuring and operating cloud native infrastructure functionality in a single, universal file. We are seeking to enhance Meshery's capabilities by supporting automatic versioning of Meshery designs based on user sessions. This functionality will enable users to track changes made to their designs by individuals, facilitating the ability to rollback changes at any time.

  • Expected Outcome:

    • Update Meshery server and pattern engine to support Meshery design versioning.
    • Update UI to allow users to perform actions related to design versioning.
    • Document changes made in pattern engine and server.
  • Recommended Skills: Golang, Kubernetes, Meshery, Familiarity with Helm charts and Artifact Hub, familiarity with React, Nextjs would be helpful

  • Mentor(s): Uzair Shaikh, Lee Calcote

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Service Mesh Performance

#### Service Mesh Performance: Convergence of Network and Graph topologies
  • Description: Opens the door to leveraging algorithms in the areas of Centrality, Community Detection, Pathfinding, Topological Link Prediction, etc. Bringing to bear advances made in Machine Learning / AI / recommendation systems, fraud detection could really help to derive meaning and comprehension for future tools. Another example is how ML + graph approaches are used to find and determine the optimal molecular structure of atoms such that desired physical properties are targeted. This approach could be applied to the problem of workload sizing and estimation for service mesh operators and would-be adopters.

  • Expected outcome:

    • Use Neo4j's ability to create graph projections, which copy a subgraph to RAM so that algorithms can be efficiently run.
  • Recommended Skills: Golang, familiarity with Service Mesh, grpc, docker, kubernetes

  • Mentor(s): Lee Calcote, Xin Huang

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CNCF TAG Network

Mapping CNCF Landscape one Relationship-at-a-time

  • Description: While the OpenAPI specifications for Kubernetes offer a taxonomy, integrating a graph data model with formalized ontologies unlocks a multitude of capabilities. Among these, enabling inferencing necessary for natural language processing stands out as a straightforward application. This, in turn, facilitates the possibility of a human-centric query/response interaction. Importantly, advancing to a knowledge semantic graph from a connected systems' graph data model opens the door to building more sophisticated systems.

  • Expected Outcome:

    • Identifying new technologies from CNCF landscape and creating new YAML-formatted definitions of one or more relationships.
    • Documentation of each relationship - per component.
    • Development of new types of genealogies - new types of ways in which resources relate to one another and how these relationships might be visualized.
  • Recommended Skills: Familiarity with Helm charts and Artifact Hub, basic familiarity with Kubernetes, and familiarity with CNCF different projects would be helpful

  • Mentor(s): Uzair Shaikh, Lee Calcote

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Technical Content Creation CNCF Challenges

  • Description: On a periodic basis, the CNCF would like to present a public challenge to those that are interested in participating (e.g. “Challenge: Distributed Tracing with Jaeger”).

Your mission in this internship is technical content creation of said challenges through use of markdown, Meshery, and any number of other CNCF projects. Challenges will be created using the Meshery Playground and potentially published in the proposed CNCF Hub. They will be similar too, but slightly different from these example tutorials.

Understand that your challenges will be promoted through CNCF channels, reviewed by various project maintainers, and that each challenger (participant) will receive a certain number of points, depending upon whether or not they successfully complete the challenges that you create and in what timeframe they complete those challenges (the faster, the more points). Your challenges will need to vary in level of difficulty.

Additional information

Previous experience with technical writers or documentation

Our mentors have managed teams of technical writers working on documenting enterprise-grade software at large technology companies (Cisco, Seagate, SolarWinds). During the span of time, they have worked with technical writers in DITA and post-DITA environments (from Word to FrameMaker, structured writing, online help, various CMSes, git). Our mentors have worked with technical writers on documentation strategy, creating document sets, covering the full spectrum of reader personas.

We interact daily over Slack, and have an open source project meeting everyday, which are posted to the community YouTube channel.

Layer5, the cloud native management company

An empowerer of engineers, Layer5 helps you extract more value from your infrastructure. Creator and maintainer of cloud native standards. Maker of Meshery, the cloud native manager.