Development Meeting Project Activity - 2009-12-02

Please fill in activity for Last Month and intended activity for This Month for projects you are responsible for. For reference the intended activity for Last Month as reported at the September development meeting is included (it is considered unhelpful to alter this to match what actual activity was :). It is acceptable to change devproj milestones as part of this process, however if you do please indicate that you have done so below, for example by adding a Change of Plan bullet point, so that the meeting is alerted to the changes.

  • AFS file system
    • November: Deployment of new component to file servers
    • Last Month: All code & docs reviewed by Simon, most issues arising now resolved. Nagios monitoring completely rewritten to properly monitor services on DB servers and use the correct IP address when it does not match that of the physical host.
    • This Month: Deployment of new DB servers. Finish testing on file servers. Fully document usage of the component.

  • Improved RPM submission tool
    • November: Propose drop enhancements from scope: misc development later. Planning for signoff (incl report) at December meeting
    • Last Month: prepared for signoff
    • This Month: n/a

  • Infrastructure for Appleton Tower Refurbishment
    • November: Who knows...
    • Last Month:
    • This Month: Racks, power and network wiring are being installed. Until the room's secure, though, we don't want to put much more in there. E&B have been grumbled at again...

  • Review of user documentation
    • November: Produce a final a document for discussion.
    • Last Month: Produced a final a document for discussion.
    • This Month: No further work planned this month. Intention is to call a meeting at some convenient time in order to thrash out a couple of questions between anybody interested.
    • Comments: We will review issues raised by review at the 9/12 Operational Meeting

  • Replacement of LPRng with CUPS
    • November: Signoff
    • Last Month: debugging and negotiating with IS about eFinancials
    • This Month: imminent switch over of eFinancials printers by IS -> signoff
    • Comments: IS have promised us that eFinancials will be suitably configured by 5/12

  • Transition of Informatics staff mail services to Staffmail
    • November: Will try again to move at least a small number of shared folders to staffmail.
    • Last Month: Weeded out some cruft, moved some sysman mailboxes to staffmail.
    • This Month: Move or archive the remaining shared mailboxes. Possibly off load to CSO, but needs some knowledge of the history of things.

  • Cluster Parallel filesystem
    • November: rebuild the filesystem with the new servers
    • Last Month:rebuilt the filesystem with the new servers
    • This Month:Realistically? try and get some users using the filesystem and write some stuff up.

  • Revisit Account Management
    • November: refactor storage object primary key structure; more conduit development; general framework enhancements/bug-fixes
    • Last Month: sxw: very little, due to other commitments and illness; toby: one-way roles file conduit working, development in two-way conduit, subject to OO purification
    • This Month: enumerate remaining tasks with timescales; refactor storage object primary key structure; more conduit development; general framework enhancements/bug-fixes

  • LCFG Core Refactoring
    • November : Switch package building to Module::Build. Run code through perltidy. Remove all pre-processed Perl files, replace macros with a module to handle configuration.
    • Last Month: Nothing (due to illness)
    • This Month: Finish move to building with Module::Build. Pass through perltidy. Pass perl-critic to level 4 (where appropriate). Fix warnings which result from turning on "use strict" and "use warnings".

  • Desktop Virtualization
    • November: The OSE package for Fedora11 has complex and numerous dependencies that will be difficult to sort in SL5 and should be a lot simpler in RHEL6. Propose leaving the situation as is with the PUEL header deployed until RHEL6. On that basis write newsletter article and propose for sign off at next meeting.
    • Last Month: Newsletter article written and proposed for sign off.
    • This Month: Nothing.

  • DICE SL5 Services
    • November: remaining servers (powell & linotype) decommissioned
    • Last Month: [idurkacz] Produced final project report, and requested formal signoff despite the fact that powell and linotype remain at FC5.
    • This Month:

  • Future direction for the main Informatics web service
    • November: Try to do what I said I'd do in October, but due to possible jury duty, it could be limited.
    • Last Month: None, but not due to jury duty, just operational stuff getting in the way.
    • This Month: Install new web server in AT and setup new Plone instance.
    • Comments: Will add in architecture design and consideration of resilience and offsite mirror to project plan

  • Informatics Commercialisation Website
    • November: Again, I don't see much effort being expended specifically in this project. This project will benefit from any effort spent on project 93, the future of the Informatics web service.
    • Last Month: Contacted project customers: Colin, David and Andrew to see if they were happy to close the project.
    • This Month: Hopefully they will be, in which case I'll move it to sign off.

  • OpenVPN Service
    • November: Improve Linux documentation
    • Last Month: Newsletter article. Still waiting for AT basement, so endpoint can be moved there.
    • This Month: Linux documentation. Otherwise depends on AT basement.

  • School Database Revamp
    • November: Setup of regular Ingres -> PostgreSQL DDL, GUI data content and infdb content sync. Conversion of all "live" conduits to PostgreSQL (approximately 400). Completion of "conduits" framework with conversion of incoming feeds and automated conduit generation process. QA of conduits and assessment processes. Conversion of direct interfaces (account management and inventory). ITO QA starts on transferred database and content (via GUI and genrep).
    • Last Month: Regular Ingres -> PostgreSQL DDL, GUI data content and infdb content sync completed and there is now a live parallel infdb service running under PostgreSQL (including managed user accounts with db role association via roles/capabilities). The conversion of the automated conduit generation process to a managed framework and PostgreSQL is complete. Conversion of approximately half of the conduits has been completed.
    • This Month: Completion of conduit conversion. ITO QA on GUI against new parallel service will start. Nothing more is expected due to other committments and absence.

  • Forum Information Display Screens
    • November: Investigate large screens.
    • Last Month: Documented usage and requirements. Started testing using existing OneLan box in AT.
    • This Month: Further testing with existing OneLan box to establish whether or not this might satisfy the requirements.

  • AV facilities
    • November: None
    • Last Month: None
    • This Month: Mediascape due to continue outstanding work.

  • Moving kit from sites to Forum
    • November: BP move completed, FH planning finalised
    • Last Month: Most kit moved from BP, still waiting on AT
    • This Month: BP completed. Beging moving kit FH->AT

  • Upgrade Twiki
    • November: Hopefully nothing (sign off?)
    • Last Month: Missed sign-off deadline, try again
    • This Month: Hopefully nothing.

  • Progress TiBS to full service
    • November: Deployment on the TiBS server and on Linux clients is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
    • Last Month: Deployment is almost complete: a couple of teething troubles are still being ironed out
    • This Month: Iron out teething troubles, let it bed down, go for sign-off at next meeting
    • Comments: Will send a bug-report to Teradactyl wrt poor way TiBS is closed down

  • inSpace
    • November: ship component, inventory the machines in inspace. Since it appears that NMS are a permanent fixture we need to work out some way of coordinating things.
    • Last Month:Very Little
    • This Month:do what I should have done last month

  • Content Addressable Storage (CAS) Encrypted Backup
    • November: n/a
    • Last Month: more detailed design, filesystem scanning module written, amazon s3 compatible storage set up using eucalyptus
    • This Month: more coding for client side; testing against storage

  • Transition from NFS to AFS
    • November: Not listed
    • Last Month: All but four users moved to AFS: these users require to run very long-running jobs. We're manually creating instances/AFS ids for these users pending development of a system to allow users to register their own instances/ids.
    • This Month: Move remaining group data.

-- TimColles - 20 Nov 2009

Topic revision: r22 - 02 Dec 2009 - 13:56:12 - AlastairScobie
 
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