[Openframeworkwg] Googleable names

Doug Ledford dledford at redhat.com
Thu Jan 30 09:17:05 PST 2014

On 1/28/2014 7:20 PM, Paul Grun wrote:
> Just to limit the range of options a tiny bit, I would like to urge us to choose a name that allows us to retain the existing acronym - OFWG.  (Note that an acronym often doesn't map exactly word-for-word with its antecedent).

Just my $.02, but "ick" to all suggestions so far.  I have a pet peeve
with labels that don't really belong with what they label, and that's
how I feel about what's been suggested so far.  In addition, I would
strongly urge us to choose a label that is accurate and portrays our
intent over sticking to any previous acronym just for the sake of
preserving an acronym that may not have ever been a good acronym for us
in the first place.

I would argue that we are not actually working on fabrics at the moment.
 The InfiniBand fabric is already well defined and this group has no
intention of changing that (that I've seen so far).  The iWARP protocol
is also well defined with no intention of changing it.  The RoCE
protocol is somewhat less well defined, but still no intention of
changing it.  The US NIC protocol is proprietary and not subject to this
body's manipulations.  All in all, I see nothing in what we are doing
here that speaks the word "fabrics" to me in the sense that the word is
usually used to talk about the physical networking layer.

I have, however, seen over and over again that this is all about an
application programming interface intended to work on multiple fabrics.

As such, I would suggest that a much more accurate label for this group
would be the OpenFabrics Alliance Fabric Agnostic RDMA Application
Programming Interface Working Group, which can be shortened down
multiple ways:

{OpenFabrics Alliance,OFA,OF} {Fabric Agnostic RDMA,FA-RDMA,faRDMA,FAR}

I could also see replacing "Fabric Agnostic" with "General" or
"Generic", so make the appropriate substitutions above and see if that
terms seems better to you.

Now, to the point of Googleability.  If I understand what people are
talking about here, the purpose of checking this is to make sure that if
we were to adopt this name, then we would not be competing with other
search hits on Google so that this project would be prominently
displayed in the search results.  My searches show that this acronym
would be almost entirely uncontended.  The only other contention is if
you do just "FAR API", then you hit on another FAR API, but if your term
has OpenFabrics or RDMA instead of just FAR, then current search results
already point overwhelmingly to the OpenFabrics web site, so we already
own this term, and making it into a working group would simply
strengthen those web search results.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: openframeworkwg-bounces at lists.openfabrics.org [mailto:openframeworkwg-bounces at lists.openfabrics.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Squyres (jsquyres)
> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:10 AM
> To: Open Frameworks Working Group
> Subject: [Openframeworkwg] Googleable names
> Two suggestions off the top of my head:
> 1. OpenFabricFrameworks (OFF)
> 2. FabricFrameworks (FF)
> Both could be amusingly abbreviated 0xFF.  Both also appear to be googleable: for #1, lots of OpenFabrics stuff comes up.  For #2, nothing exact comes up.
> Anyone got any other name suggestions?

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