Development Meeting Project Activity - 2010-02-03

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 December 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
    • December: Deployment of new DB servers. Finish testing on file servers. Fully document usage of the component.
    • Last Month: First DB server deployed, testing on file servers complete, component deployed to dev machines
    • This Month: Full deployment of component -> signoff
    • Comments: Only on one db server so far. KDC will be second.

  • Infrastructure for Appleton Tower Refurbishment
    • December: 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...
    • Last Month: We're in at last!
    • This Month: All to move kit in. Signoff in March.

  • Review of user documentation
    • December: 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.
    • Last Month: Had a meeting on 9th Dec 2009 to discuss all issues raised; the decisions taken are itemised at https://wiki.inf.ed.ac.uk/DICE/Project36OpsMeetingDiscussion.
    • This Month: No more effort; prepare final report and submit for sign-off.
    • Comments: Ian will publish.

  • Replacement of LPRng with CUPS
    • December: imminent switch over of eFinancials printers by IS -> signoff
    • Last Month: eFinancials complete, linotype and powell decomissioned
    • This Month: sign off
    • Comments: Switch now to using central lcfp-cups component.

  • Transition of Informatics staff mail services to Staffmail
    • December: Move or archive the remaining shared mailboxes. Possibly off load to CSO, but needs some knowledge of the history of things.
    • Last Month: Didn't spend any time on this until 1st Feb. Have now moved all but 4 of the users/areas. Reimplenting the procmail rules in Sieve on staffmail is a pain. Moved current milestone (complete move) forward to the 10th Feb. Added final milestone for sign off for 1st March.
    • This Month: Complete the moves and get in a state for sign off.
    • Comments: One problematic shared mail box (between staff and students) to resolve.

  • Cluster Parallel filesystem
    • December: Realistically? try and get some users using the filesystem and write some stuff up.
    • Last Month:fixed hardware and rebuilt filesystem after powerdown, started writing docs
    • This Month:finish docs and gather usage stats.
    • Comments: Mail availability to research staff.

  • Revisit Account Management
    • December: enumerate remaining tasks with timescales; refactor storage object primary key structure; more conduit development; general framework enhancements/bug-fixes
    • Last Month: produced detailed to do list; completed primary key work; added lots of unit tests; completed syncronisation framework; completed directory based configuration file work; continued work on text file upload; started error management;
    • This Month: complete text file upload; complete error management work; reinstate incremental replication; start investigating DB conduit
    • Comments: Publish TODO list and timeframe.

  • LCFG Core Refactoring
    • December : 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".
    • Last Month: Passed code through perltidy. Fixed major causes of warnings. Almost completed code improvements to reach perl-critic level 4. Rewrote release level name handling.
    • This Month: Finish move to building with Module::Build. Rewrite mkxprof command-line option handling. Add basic compilation tests for Perl modules. Work on XML-profile comparison test suite. Investigate object serialisation/storage systems. Investigate network server software.

  • Future direction for the main Informatics web service
    • December: Install new web server in AT and setup new Plone instance.
    • Last Month: No time was spent on this.
    • This Month: Install new web server in AT. Produce plan for web site and and off site resilience. Put milestones back to end of March.
    • Comments: Now have some School content on Polopoly. There will be a iMeeting soon to discuss Web direction. New server installation should pend on below.

  • Final Stages of Commodity WCMS work
    • December: Create suitable header files for service.
    • Last Month: No time was spent on this.
    • This Month: Put milestones back to March/April and try again with the header files.
    • Comments: This is high priority as already a production service, should be completed before setting up new test server.

  • Informatics Commercialisation Website
    • December: Hopefully they will be, in which case I'll move it to sign off.
    • Last Month: Received feed back that happy for it to be closed off. Didn't spend any time actually moving it to sign off.
    • This Month: Move to sign off.

  • OpenVPN Service
    • December: Linux documentation. Otherwise depends on AT basement.
    • Last Month: Waiting for AT basement.
    • This Month: Move endpoint. Linux docs. Aiming for signoff in March.

  • School Database Revamp
    • December: Completion of conduit conversion. ITO QA on GUI against new parallel service will start. Nothing more is expected due to other committments and absence.
    • Last Month: Conduit conversion completed. Auto generated outputs (mail lists, web pages, adhoc data) QA completed. Direct dependent code (dice-accntmgr, dice-invtools and friends) updated and deployed. Incoming feeds framework implemented and tested. Replacement mail handling implemented (lcfg-procmail and lcfg-postfix components added). ITO QA on GUI completed. Genrep and conduits packaged and deployed for final QA. Back sync scripts from PostgreSQL to Ingres implemented (for live fallback) and tested. Various sync and adhoc scripts packaged and deployed. The pgluser tool and lcfg-postgresql components enhanced. Database server backups setup. Database server headers tidied up and server re-installed from scratch to re-partition and test cold LCFG installation. ISS requirements document reviewed and comments added. Switched over live service from Ingres to PostgreSQL.
    • This Month: Tidy up some loose ends associated with switching over to PostgreSQL for the live service. Complete management, tools, support and technical documentation. Evaluate and prototype potential technologies for re-factor of the generic user interface. Produce plan for phase two and completion of schema change management for phase one.

  • Forum Information Display Screens
    • December: Further testing with existing OneLan box to establish whether or not this might satisfy the requirements.
    • Last Month: Did some testing with existing OneLan boxes: results satisfactory.
    • This Month: Specify and order OneLan boxes. Otherwise, no more effort needed for either touchscreens or large screens: intention is to prepare final report submit for signoff.

  • AV facilities
    • December: Mediascape due to continue outstanding work.
    • Last Month: Mediascape continued with work but were hampered by weather.
    • This Month: Mediscape complete outstanding work.
    • Comments: Should this project include Audio Capture?

  • Moving kit from sites to Forum
    • December: BP completed. Begining moving kit FH->AT
    • Last Month: Waiting on AT
    • This Month: Complete move from FH -> signoff
    • Comments: Aim to be out by end-Feb.

  • Progress TiBS to full service
    • December: Iron out teething troubles, let it bed down, go for sign-off at next meeting
    • Last Month: Component deployed
    • This Month: Signoff

  • inSpace
    • December: do what I should have done last month
    • Last Month:Baby largely got in the way, iMAC handed back to inspace
    • This Month:install MacMini , finish developing component.
    • Comments: Issues over machine management, wiping, shared calendar space.

  • Content Addressable Storage (CAS) Encrypted Backup
    • December: more coding for client side; testing against storage
    • Last Month: S3 storage moved to spare server in forum, services unit provided fibre-channel disk space; many client side developments in scanning, using fsevents framework, etc.
    • This Month: possible debugging of S3 storage issues, further development of client-side s/w; testing of client-side stuff

  • Transition from NFS to AFS
    • December: Move remaining group data.
    • Last Month: All user home directories moved to AFS.
    • This Month:
    • Comments: Should have finished group space move by end-Feb.

  • Implement self-managed support strategy
    • December: (None: new project)
    • Last Month: Created and publicised web discussion forums. Scheduled CO surgeries (one held so far).
    • This Month: Add check for compliance with Platform support policy to project signoff. Purchase Macs for CSOs. Initiate discussion wrt what level of "hands on" support will be provided.

-- TimColles - 29 Jan 2010

Topic revision: r15 - 12 Feb 2010 - 11:48:51 - TimColles
 
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