Contribution Guide

Oakestra Contribution guide

Oakestra’s codebase is open-source on GitHub and open to external contributors as well. The purpose of this guide is to help the developer contribute in such a way that both people directly involved in Okaestra and people outside the research group can follow what happens within the project.


Each contribution starts from an issue on the corresponding repository. E.g., Are you willing to update the front end? Open an issue on the dashboard repository.

The issue can be of two kinds: Proposal or Bug

Template for Proposal issues:


Short description of what you’re proposing. Max 2 lines. Highlight if this is something new or maybe you’re willing to change some specific behavior.


Description of the modification you’re proposing. You can have references, links, and images. Please be very specific here. External contributors must be able to understand the context and the goal of the proposal.


Short description of why this is important


Describe the components that potentially need to be touched. E.g., Root service manager, Cluster scheduler, etc.

Development time

The expected time required to complete the development of this proposal


Describe the current status of this proposal. E.g., looking for feedback, searching for a solution, development, and testing. Try to be concise but descriptive.


  • Discussed
  • Documented
  • Implemented
  • Tested

Template for Bug issues:


Short description of the bug you noticed.


Deeper description of the bug.


Eventually, propose a solution.


Describe the current status of this proposal. E.g., looking for feedback, searching for a solution, development, testing. Try to be concise but descriptive


  • Discussed
  • Solved
  • Tested

Issue names

Try to be concise and informative. Here some good ✅ and bad ❌ examples to give you an idea.

  • Scheduling ❌
  • Integration of LDA to Cluster Scheduler ✅
  • Frontend edit ❌
  • Frontend cluster management panel ✅
  • I think we need to replace the login token with a new JWT token ❌
  • JWT API authentication ✅

Contribution steps

  • Open an Issue
  • Starting from the issue, detach a branch from “develop” and entitle it using the following pattern: <Issue nr.>_issue_name_in_snake_case
  • Perform your contributions in this branch
  • Make sure to update the documentation as well
  • Make sure that the PR passes all the automated tests suits
  • Once finished, open a Pull Request towards the develop branch. If you’re a student, put your supervisors as Reviewers. Otherwise, refer to the people with the most contributions. Then wait for their approval.

Multi-repo contributions

The codebase is split into multiple repositories. Sometimes a single contribution might need to span across some of them in parallel. This is where things get tricky.

Contributions spanning multiple repositories are difficult to track and require careful management.

Please open multiple issues, one for each repository, and cross-link them. Each issue discusses only the modification required on that specific repository but links to the issues embedding the work required elsewhere.

As a general rule, is better to perform the merges in parallel. Make sure to open the pull requests together and cross-link the other pull requests between them.

Your work into Issues

Try to find out the single tasks of your workflow and open up the corresponding issues accordingly. Breaking down the work into issues makes it easier to merge and test the features.

N.b. Always assign the issue to yourself and maybe indicate if this is part of a specific milestone, thesis, or guided research.

Discuss with the community

With the growth in the interest for Oakestra, many people are onboarding. By collaborating on this project, you have the chance to ask for their ideas as well.

Try to write the issues in a clear way so that anyone might be able to fit in and contribute. Then keep an eye on the issue’s comment section and add the label “help needed” if required.