Project Proposals for project period September to end December 2011

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

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
Coltex Revamp Collaborative LaTeX System - Remedial Work (

RAT Unit

Individual statements of support from staff are on the Project Feedback Page.  
PDF application packager for EUCLID. Further details - PDFappPackagerEUCLID Jim Bednar  
Room booking system enhancement Further details - RBSEnhanceJul11 Liz Elliott

Virtualised DICE exam mode Further details - VirtualizationOfExammode Ewan Klein  
Drupal WCMS Introduction of Drupal as the new commodity WCMS ( Services Unit    
AFS Automation Develop tools to automate various AFS tasks ( Services Unit    
TiBS component Improvements to the existing TiBS component ( Services Unit    
AFS Benchmarking Develop tool for AFS performance benchmarking ( Services Unit    
Bug Tracking Tool Improved Bug Tracking Tool ( Services Unit    
apacheconf port Port websites using apache component to apacheconf ( Services Unit    
Migrate to central wiki Port School Wiki content to central Confluence service ( Services Unit    
Reorganise AFS data Better redistribute our AFS data for better load balancing, performance ( Services Unit    
Mail lists to Central Service Migration of existing Mailing Lists to Central Service ( Services Unit    
Data Archiving How best to meet the School's requirements for archiving data ( Services Unit    
KDC rekey For security reasons, we need to move away from using single-DES keys in our KDCs ( Infrastructure Unit    
Wake-on-LAN Implement a wake-on-LAN system ( Infrastructure Unit MPUUnit support  
Monitoring system enhancements Monitoring system enhancements ( Infrastructure Unit    
Password strength checks Password strength checks ( Infrastructure Unit    
Ehnance wallet to support keytabs When Prometheus is operational, the wallet implementation should be extended to support keytabs ( Infrastructure Unit    
Scanning for compromised machines Scanning for compromised machines ( Infrastructure Unit    
Investigate DNSsec DNSsec is gradually percolating down from the root, and has reached Investigate what, if anything, we need to do about it. ( Infrastructure Unit    
Database-driven network config It has been suggested that some of the network configuration could be driven from the database... ( Infrastructure Unit    
Package repository mirroring Automated upstream package repository mirroring ( MPU unit    
SL6 upgrade for MPU services Upgrade all MPU services and servers to SL6 ( MPU unit    
Package Repository web front end Web search front end to package repository ( MPU 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 25th July 2011.

-- AlastairScobie - 30 Jun 2011

Topic revision: r6 - 15 Aug 2011 - 08:57:50 - AlastairScobie
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