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GSoC: External Workspace Manager for Pipeline is released

Alexandru Somai
August 22, 2016

This blog post is the last one from the series of Google Summer of Code 2016, External Workspace Manager Plugin project. The previous posts are:

In this post I would like to announce the 1.0.0 release of the External Workspace Manager Plugin version to the main update center.

Here’s a highlight of the available features:

  • Workspace share and reuse across multiple jobs, running on different nodes

  • Automatic workspace cleanup

  • Provide custom workspace path on the disk

  • Disk Pool restrictions

  • Flexible Disk allocation strategies

All the above are detailed, with usage examples, on the plugin’s documentation page.

Future work

Currently, there is work in progress for the workspace browsing feature (see pull request #37). Afterwards, I’m planning to integrate fingerprints, so that the user can view a specific workspace in which other jobs was used. A particular feature that would be nice to have is to integrate the plugin with at least one disk provider (e.g. Amazon EBS, Google Cloud Storage).

Many other features and improvements are still to come, they are grouped in the phase 3 EPIC: JENKINS-37543. The plugin’s repository is on GitHub. If you’d like to come up with new features or ideas, contributions are very welcome.


This was a Google Summer of Code 2016 project. A summary of the contributions that I’ve made to the Jenkins project during this time may be found here. It was a great experience, from which I learned a lot, and I’d wish I could repeat it every year.

I’d like to thank to my mentors, Oleg Nenashev and Martin d’Anjou for all their support, good advice and help they gave me. Also, thanks to the Jenkins contributors with which I have interacted and helped me during this period.

If you have any issues in setting up or using the plugin, please feel free to ask me on the plugin’s Gitter link: Any feedback is welcome, and you may provide it either on the Gitter chat, or on Jira by using the external-workspace-manager-plugin component.

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