PSF Infrastructure Overview

The PSF runs a wide variety of infrastructure services to support its mission from the PyCon site to the CPython Mercurial server. The goal of this page is to enumerate all these services, where they run, and who the main contact points are.

The Infrastructure Team

The infrastructure team is ultimately responsible maintaining PSF infrastructure. It is not, however, required to be a member of the infrastructure to run a PSF service. Indeed, the day to day operations of most services are handled by people not on the infrastructure team. The infrastructure team can assist in setting up new services and advise maintainers of individual services. Its members also generally handle changes to sensitive global systems such as DNS. The currrent team members are:

  • Noah Kantrowitz (lead)
  • Ernest W. Durbin III
  • Benjamin W. Smith
  • Donald Stufft
  • Benjamin Peterson
  • Mark Mangoba (PSF IT Manager)
  • Alex Gaynor (has no responsibilities)

The best way to contact the infrastructure team is mailing infrastructure-staff@python.org. There’s also often people hanging out on the #python-infra channel of Freenode.

Infrastructure Providers

The PSF uses several different cloud providers and services for its infrastructure.

XS4ALL
XS4ALL is the by far the oldest Python infrastructure provider. There are two physical servers owned by the PSF at XS4ALL: albatross and dinsdale. (There also used to be one called ximinez, but it seems to be unreachable now.) albatross is the mail server. dinsdale hosts a number of legacy services. We try not to put anything new on the XS4ALL servers, preferring modern cloud providers.
OSUOSL
Oregon State University Open Source Lab hosts VMs for the PSF. These VMs are provisioned using Chef and their configuration management is in the psf-chef git repo.
Rackspace
Rackspace is the newest cloud provider utilized by the PSF. It hosts PyPI and an increasing number of python.org-related services (Python downloads, docs.python.org). Salt is used for configuration management.
Dyn & Gandi
Gandi is our domain registar, and we use Dyn for DNS hosting on most of our domains.
Pingdom
Pingdom provides monitoring and complains to us when services are down.
Fastly
Fastly generously donates its content distribution network (CDN) to the PSF. Our highest traffic services (i.e. PyPI, www.python.org, docs.python.org) use this CDN to improve end-user latency.

Datacenters

PSF DC Provider Region
iad1 Rackspace IAD
ord1 Rackspace ORD
ams1 Digital Ocean AMS3
nyc1 Digital Ocean NYC3

Details of Various Services

This section enumerates PSF services, generalities about their hosting, and contact information for the owners.

Buildbot
The buildbot master is a service run by python-dev@python.org, particularly Antoine Pitrou and Zach Ware.
bugs.python.org
bugs.python.org is hosted using a server donated by Upfront Systems. The tracker-discuss@python.org list is used for discussion of the tracker.
docs.python.org
The Python documentation is hosted on a Rackspace VM, served through Fastly, and owned by Benjamin Peterson and Georg Brandl.
hg.python.org
The CPython Mercurial repositories are hosted on a Rackspace VM. The service is owned by Antoine Pitrou and Georg Brandl.
mail.python.org
The python.org Mailman instance is hosted on https://mail.python.org as well as SMTP (Postfix). All inquiries should be directed to postmaster@python.org.
planetpython.org and planet.jython.org
These are hosted on a Rackspace VM. The Planet code and configuration are hosted on GitHub and maintained by the team at planet@python.org.
pythontest.net
pythontest.net hosts services and files used by the Python test suite. python-dev@python.org is ultimately responsible for its maintenance.
speed.python.org
speed.python.org is a Codespeed instance tracking Python performance. The web interface is hosted on a Rackspace VM, benchmarks are run on a beefy machine at OSUOSL and scheduled by the Buildbot master. Maintained by speed@python.org and Zach Ware.
wiki.python.org
This is hosted on an OSUOSL VM. Marc-André Lemburg owns it.
www.jython.org
This is hosted on a Rackspace VM. The setup is quite simple and shouldn’t require much tweaking, but Benjamin Peterson can be poked about it.
www.python.org
The main Python website is a Django app hosted on a Rackspace VM. Its source code is available on GitHub, and issues with the site can be reported to the GitHub issue tracker. Python downloads (i.e. everything under https://www.python.org/ftp/) are hosted on a separate Rackspace VM. The whole site is behind Fastly. There is also https://staging.python.org for testing the site. http://legacy.python.org is the old website hosted on dinsdale.
PyCon
The PyCon website is hosted on Rackspace VMs. The contact address is pycon-tech@python.org.
PyPI
The Python Package Index sees the most load of any PSF service. All of its infrastructure runs on Rackspace configured by pypi-salt, and it is served over Fastly. The infrastructure is maintained by Ernest W. Durbin, Donald Stufft, and Richard Jones.
PyPy properties
The PyPy website is hosted on a OSUOSL VM and maintained by pypy-dev@python.org.