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Roadmap

Abstract

This chapter provides the high level roadmap together with an indicative agenda. Make sure to contact the punch team for details about any item, or if you would like to see a missing item appear.

Releases

Remember ou conventions to identify a release or a release candidate.

  • Alpha : is a non-production-ready early release. It introduces some of the new features, but other new features will be added later on. APIs and interface may not be stable. Alpha release are provided for pre-production, evaluation or innovation work.
  • Beta : is a release with all new features in. No new feature will be added. It is still under validation. APIs and interface are stable.
  • Release : is a production-ready release.
  • EOL means End of Life : No one should start a new project with an EOL release. It simply means newer releases are production ready and available.
  • EOS means End of Support : too old releases are not supported anymore by the punch level 3 support team. Anticipate your migration, the punch team is there to help.

Here is what it looks like in our small ascii quick view: each '|' indicates the time at which an (alpha|beta|release) is released on our web site.

Release    Alpha     Beta    Release    end-of-life     end-of-support

5.5        alpha|    beta|     rel|        eol|             eos|                       

Here is the current release agenda.

        2020  |      |      |      |2021  |      |      |      |2022  |      |      |      |
            Q1|    Q2|    Q3|    Q4|    Q1|    Q2|    Q3|    Q4|    Q1|    Q2|    Q3|    Q4|
           Mar|   Jun|   Sep|   Dec|   Mar|   Jun|   Sep|   Dec|   Mar|   Jun|   Sep|   Dec|
              |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
5.5        eol|      |      |      |   eos|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
5.6        eol|      |   eos|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
5.7           |   eol|      |      |      |      |      |   eos|      |      |      |      |
6.0       beta|   rel|   eol|      |   eos|      |      |   eol|      |      |      |      |
7.0      alpha|  beta|   rel|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |   eos|

Dave 6.0.0

The dave 6.x release is built on top of elasticsearch 7.x. It still runs on top of jdk 1.8.

Note

The dilemna is to wait for Spark 3.0 and Elastic 8.x and hadoop-elastic connectors to be all ready and running on top of jdk 11. If this happens quickly, the Dave release will be only a temporary release.

Duke 7.0.0

The 7.x releases are built on top of Java 11, Spark3.0 and elasticsearch 8.x. A beta 7.0.0 release is planned to be released Q1.

Features

The features high-level agenda is as follows. Refer to each description below for details about each feature.

                2020          |             |             |             |
                            Q1|           Q2|           Q3|           Q4|
                           Mar|          Jun|          Sep|          Dec|


PunchlinesOnly           alpha|          rel|
PunchResolver            alpha|          rel|
DockerImages              beta|          rel|
Minio                     beta|          rel|
ClickHouse                beta|          rel|
ShivaImprovments         alpha|          rel|
RestApiGateway            beta|        alpha|          rel|
RestApiServer             beta|        alpha|          rel|
ParserCatalog             beta|        alpha|          rel|
Nifi                      beta|        alpha|          rel|
MlLifefCycle             alpha|         beta|          rel|
FeedBackGui              alpha|         beta|          rel|
CLoudServices                          alpha|         beta|          rel|
DataProtectionAccess                   alpha|         beta|          rel|      

Feature List

PunchlinesOnly

Starting at 6.x all jobs (storm punch spark python) are expressed as punchlines. This has important benefits in particular on the HMI and front side as all punch applications will be editable from the punchline editor.

Important

The punchline schema is, in fact, the one of 5.x PML files. We decided to leverage that schema for all punch application. This said, old style format will be fully supported for backward compatibility. Refer to the migration guide.

PunchResolver

The punch resolver isolates user from low level security or access point configuration. It is required to deploy application on secured multi-tenant platforms so as to allow functional users to be relieved and protected from low level configuration items.

It is a significant improvement to the existing templating based puynch approach.

DockerImages

The Punch is highly modular is often deployed on top of existing managed services. Starting at version 6.1, Punch API Gateway, Kibana plugins are provided as docker images. You can deploy these directly into your docker rancher or k8 infrastructure.

Minio

The S3 minio store has been added in the 6.0 punch.

Clickhouse

Clickhouse is being evaluated. Punch already provides the required IO connectors (output nodes).

ShivaImprovements

Shiva is now running production and has turned out a key service to run big data, log management or machine learning use case on on-premise infrastructure. We decided to improve Shiva with a few simple but important capabilities:

  • resource aware scheduling
  • smooth upgrade service restarts
  • one shot application execution

RestApiGateway

For several reasons an API gateway is required.

  • Security : in order to isolate Kibana and external customers to directly access database or sensitive services such as Zookeeper, Elasticsearch, Clickhouse.
  • Services : in order to provide all Punch services like starting, stopping a channel, submitting a punchline ML application for execution.
  • Protection : in order to analyse the user submitted requests and take actions so as to protect user(s) from dangerous actions.
  • LifeCycle : enrichment files, parsers and machine learning models are examples of important resources deployed by users in their punchlines. Managing these together with their versionning and lifecycle requires a REST server and a well designed REST API and schema.

RestApiServer

A particularly important REST server use case is to expose resources such as parsers, models and enrichment files. This is for example used by customer to automatically upload new enrichment files, automatically reloaded in running punchlines without service interruption.

The resource-server is the backend that provide these service. The Punch rest server leverages elasticsearch, S3 and a posix file system to store these resources.

Note

This item is in fact more than a server, it includes: 1. a REST API 2. REST API libraries 3. an actual server

ParserCatalog

The punch provides a number of ready to use parsers. The new ParserCatalog will expose these through an improved GUI in order for cybersecurity user to view, play, or deploy the parser into production.

Nifi

Starting at 6.x punch provides a nifi processor so as to run parsers in a Nifi runtime. This processor is improved in several ways so as to provide the same rich set of features than in the punch or storm engines.

Ml Life Cycle

The Mlflow component is integrated and provides dedicated and additional facilities to manage machine learning models. Note that the models themselves are stored in the Punch resource catalog.

FeedBack Gui

The so-called feedback Gui will provide users with an ergonomic way to interact with data produced by machine learning applications. It will let them label the data, and identify false-positive, in a way for the overall application to recalibrate continuously the models.

Cloud Services

Punch deployed on Cloud will benefit from docker image punch services (already cited in a separate feature). What is required is also some easier ready-to-use service for :

  • creating a tenant
  • deploying automatically the Kibana plugins and punch Guis
  • Name and expose the customer data, as well as some of its internal monitoring data
  • automatically wire the customers security RBAC attributes.

Theses are referred to as Cloud services.

Data Protection Access

One of the Punch REST Gateway service consists in exposing inner elasticsearch data directly through a REST API. This requires however safe strategies so as to protect users from submitting dangerous queries to the backend (elasticsearch or clickhouse for instance). This item consists in using machine learning strategies to improve the classification or user requests, in turn allowing the Punch gateway to accept or refuse the incoming requests.