Please fill in actual activity for Last Month (September) and intended activity for This Month (October) for projects you are responsible for. For reference, the intended activity recorded for September is included where an entry had been made (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.

  • Replacement of LPRng with CUPS
    • September :
    • Last Month: Created core config files using IS CUPS component, set up test server using CUPS-1.3.7
    • This Month: Deployment -> signoff

  • LCFG installroot
    • September : Final report for signoff.
    • Last Month: Produced final report and tidied documentation.
    • This Month: Brought for signoff

  • Revisit Account Management
    • September: Install new server and put into operation. Start addressing significant dataset issues (mentioned below) for preparation for enabling deletions. Re-package client side code and distribute everywhere. Produce "overview document" for computing staff. Milestones have been revamped.
    • Last Month: New server delayed as it was in use for IPMI console testing for new HPs until last week of September. It's now installed and in testing. Overview doc written. Produced comprehensive TODO for planning the rest of the project. Held meeting to discuss project matters.
    • This Month: Put new server into operationa. Re-package client side code and distribute everywhere. Meeting to discuss data issues (Thu 7th). Note: toby off for 2-3 weeks in Oct.

  • Prometheus AFS PTS conduit
    • September: Sign off if main Prometheus project happy.
    • Last Month: Fixed bugs, attended meeting
    • This Month: produce test suite, agree further work to be done

  • Final Stages of Commodity WCMS work
    • September: Hopefully nothing.
    • Last Month: I successfully did nothing
    • This Month: Wait to see if this can be signed off. If we're awaiting our Drupal proof of concept site, then perhaps this could officially stall until that's complete?

  • School Database Revamp
    • September: Complete EUGEX retrofit sync. Complete remaining client functionality. Complete server functionality (updates and custom desktop). ITO training session. Robustness testing. Work on introducing the enhanced IGS data model and custom desktops will unfortunately also be necessary.
    • Last Month: EUGEX retrofit sync done. New EUGEX sync/feed for IGS prototyped. Remaining client functionality largely complete, now onto snagging list (high priority items). IGS student desktop prototype done, sent out for end user content testing and feedback. Server support for updates done, custom desktop and multi panel support remains. 3G Data Model proof checking started.
    • This Month: Finish working through client snag list, IGS custom desktop, EUGEX sync/feed for IGS and IGS data model functionality. Complete server support for custom desktops. QA. Pass out for end user live functionality testing. Continue 3G Data Model proof checking.

  • AV facilities
    • September: Mediascape expected
    • Last Month: Mediascape expected but didn't turn up
    • This Month: Should be here 18th October am and again November 5th

  • Transition from NFS to AFS
    • September: clear out wyvern
    • Last Month: wyvern cleared out and turned off
    • This Month: complete few last group spaces

  • inSpace
    • September: hit it once the space is free and I'm clear of F13stuff
    • Last Month: started prep work
    • This Month: sort out networking

  • Redevelop User Documentation
    • September: cms decision to be made, final decision on site map, start porting content.
    • Last Month: Decision to go with Drupal 6. Start of semester so not as much progress as hoped.
    • This Month: Start porting content and continue familiarisation with Drupal.

  • Deploy TiBS to self managed machines
    • September: test on windows and deploy to initial MAC test users
    • Last Month: Install image produced, draft end user and support docs written
    • This Month: Upgrade TiBS , deploy
    • Note: Milestones updated

  • loghost implementation
    • September:Will do a preliminary implementation on a temporary host if the real server doesn't materialise.
    • Last Month: Background reading, testing started using network servers
    • This Month: Continue reading, testing and planning. Was going to throw all "develop" machines into the mix, though holding off with "testing" and "stable" until the real loghost is in place and reasonably well tuned, but apparent resource issues on the test loghost linnaeus have to be tracked down and sorted out first. Still to think about non-syslog logs, though rsync and spanning-maps do come to mind.
    • Comments: The following points have come up so far:
      • It looks as though using rsyslog as the log-capture technology would make most sense. There are, however, apparently significant performance enhancements in the version running on F13 (4.x) over that on SL5 (3.x), and so ideally the loghost would be installed as an F13 machine from scratch, if possible. (rsyslog 5.x is apparently even better...)
      • There's no component support for configuring the rsyslog extensions at present, so it might make sense either to reawaken the "generic syslog rewrite" project (#138) or else write a specific rsyslog component with the loghost requirements in mind. I'm inclined towards the latter. Extending the existing syslog component looks like a non-starter.
      • Tests so far have shown that there's rather a lot of noise in the syslogs, and getting rid of it at source may not be easy due to buggy packages. For further study.
      • Some existing logfile analysis scripts will need tweaking so they produce sensible loghost-specific results when run on the loghost itself.

  • DICE F12^h3
    • September:snagging
    • Last Month: fixed "resetting wallpaper" bug...feature, a few issues have cropped up with xilinx, haskell and gcc plus some new software requested at the last minute.
    • This Month: semester 2 software.

  • Move www.inf to new technology
    • September: Setup Plone instance on wafer (the main web server) and move some School sites to it, eg ISS pages. Produce the long standing resilience plan for main web server. LFCS should have moved to Plone by next meeting.
    • Last Month: LFCS has moved to Plone, but I haven't installed a Plone instance on wafer or done the report. Been reading up and experimenting with Drupal, to see if it can do what we want. Had a couple of "alternative to Plone" meetings. It seems likely that we will switch to Drupal, and are going to try it out on the new Documentation web site first. Some Polopoly help generating RSS feeds from news articles. Learning about XSLT would be good.
    • This Month: Try again to get a Plone instance on wafer and the resilience plans. The November power off will probably mean we end up implementing something like what I'd envisage. Hopefully some Drupal stuff too with Alison for the doc project.

  • Port LCFG to F13
    • September: Finish port to 64-bit, fix GDM issue, final report.
    • Last Month: Investigated GDM replacement - probably KDM. Completed 64-bit port (at LCFG level)
    • This Month: Configure KDM + final report.

  • Improvements in mirror management
    • September: Just get it done - ie the implement milestone
    • Last Month: Haven't got it just done. I have started experimenting with the new resources for the components, and some initial header files. I'm trying to keep a web log at MirrorImprovementsProjectLog . First tripped up on the fact that you can't publish tagged lists of resources. So I'm planning on just putting things into lists and extracting them myself. I'm still hopeful I'll meet my second milestone date of testing on the 14th.
    • This Month: Finish new component, rmirrorclient, and the updated rmirror component, and header files. Test that things work as expected.

  • Hadoop cluster
    • September:
    • Last Month:
    • This Month: Putting Hadoop 0.20.2 on all Beowulf nodes for the MSc Extreme Computing module

  • Software build farm
    • September: Design classes to represent build jobs. Command line tool for job submission. Database schema. Tool for processing incoming queue.
    • Last Month: Design classes to represent build jobs. Command line tool for job submission. DB schema mostly done, incoming queue processor mostly done.
    • This Month: Complete outstanding work. Tool for managing builds. Web interface for querying status.

-- TimColles - 02 Sep 2010

Topic revision: r19 - 06 Oct 2010 - 10:02:48 - NeilBrown
 
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