Project Proposals for project period Jan to April 2011

Development of new computing services by the computing staff is scheduled in project periods (three per year). The next project period starts in January 2011 and the process of prioritising which projects will be resourced starts now (end Nov).

Please add your proposed project to the following table, completing the Title, Description and Proposer fields. You may wish to create a new wiki topic for your description. If you wish to lend support for an existing project, add your name to the Supporter(s) field. Computing staff may respond to the proposals in the Computing staff comments field.

Title Description Proposer Supporter(s) Computing staff comments
Build DIR machine With EPCC, build, test and manage the DIR (Data Intensive Research) machine mpa    
Virtualised DICE image scoping exercise Investigate how we could deliver a virtualised DICE platform ( MPU unit    
Scientific Linux 6 port Upgrade LCFG platform to Scientific Linux 6 ( MPU unit    
Taught course infopages Autogenerated information pages for all taught courses that carry a basic minimum of course information (less than the administrative descriptor in the EUCLID course catalogue) and link onward to the actual course websites. This is distinct from course-in-a-box, and I have spoken with Neil Brown and Roger Burroughs. stark    

Is there something we could do to help with the perceived short comings/delays of Publications Repository/ERA


services unit  

This would probably be sub project of the existing " move www.inf to new technology" project

Improved bug tracking tool

Provide an improved bug tracking tool for use by the School

Services Unit    

Port to apacheconf

port websites currently using the apache component to use apacheconf


Services Unit


Migrate wiki to central service

Move the contents of the Scool wiki to the Confluence central service


Services Unit    

Migration of AFS data

Migrate all AFS RW volumes downtown and reorganise storage to allow widespread deployment of RAID10


Services Unit    
Prometheus main project and necessary sub-projects

Main Prometheus project and sub-projects necessary to complete and bring into service full account lifecycle management (,,,,

Infrastructure Unit    
Prometheus enhancements

Enhancements to the Prometheus account management system, as enumerated in the project description


Infrastructure Unit   Depends on the main Prometheus projects completing
Scanning for compromised machines

Set up a system which would perform regular network scans, looking for exported services with known compromises or misconfigurations


Infrastructure Unit   The IS project which was supposed to have provided this service didn't produce anything and is now no more.
Nagios enhancements

Enhancements and upgrades to the nagios system monitoring system


Infrastructure Unit    
wallet enhancements

Enhancements to the wallet key and certificate store


Infrastructure Unit   Depends on Prometheus completion
KDC rekey

Re-key our kerberos KDCs to use more modern encryption types by default


Infrastructure Unit    
OpenLDAP upgrade

We're running a very old version of OpenLDAP on our servers, and should be upgrading.


Infrastructure Unit    
Further AFS development and automation (   Infrastructure Unit  

If a project is considered to be feasible, a member of computing staff will contact the proposer in order to flesh out the proposal (eg outline a plan of work, cost the project etc) in order that the project proposal can be prioritised against other projects.

The deadline for submitting a project for this period is 1st December.

-- AlastairScobie - 22 Nov 2010

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