Project Development Meeting (Buccleuch Place Seminar Room)- Minutes 2007-04-18

Present: Paul Anderson, Toby Blake, Neil Brown, Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Alison Downie, Ian Durkacz, Graham Dutton, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan, Simon Wilkinson

Apologies: There were none.

1. Minutes of last meeting

These were accepted.

2. Matters Arising

  • Neil/George to discuss requirements for lightweight accounts and decide if this needs a separate project.

Neil had still to initiate the discussion.

There has been some email discussion. It is likely that a project proposal will be brought on this issue.

  • IGS Database Work - The next milestone, 3, had slipped because of the impact of having to work on higher priority database tasks for the Research Assessment Exercise. Tim or Rosemary should bring a change to the proposed date for this milestone to the next meeting.

Tim proposed a postponed date of 25th April for milestone 3 and this was accepted.

  • Increase the number of nodes in the 64 node cluster. - The next milestone, reconfigure rac, had slipped because of the impact of having to work on higher priority console server work. Iain will move the proposed date for this milestone back to the end of March.

Iain has now finished this work. He still needs to enter the changed data into the project database. [Action Iain]

  • Introduce a Production FC5 Desktop - local printing is working on the print servers but hasn't been checked on a normal desktop. Support for scanners also seemed in some doubt.

The MPU unit have looked at the scanners support and it turned out that it was only one make of scanner that was problematic; it is now supported.

Neil has still to check that local printing does work. [Action Neil]

Neil has still to change the proposed date for the procedures milestone to April 4th. [Action Neil]

All other actions from the last meeting have been completed.

3. Approved Projects

  • Inventory System - Ken will give a presentation on his proposals at the next Development Meeting. [Action Ken]

  • Production Cosign Service - There has been some slippage in the achievement of the next milestone (Upgrade). The Services Unit will be supplying some assistance with the web aspects. Toby should move the proposed date for the Upgrade milestone to the end of April. [Action Toby]

  • Review of Backup Technology - Alastair and Craig have discussed the review that had been made and have agreed that we need to take a step back and address some more basic questions about what should be backed up and why. Craig will mark the current milestone as completed and add a new milestone describing the current area being addressed with a report as the outcome and set a date for it. [Action Craig]

  • FC5 services - Of the remaining servers still running FC3, the master KDC will be upgraded by Toby today, copacabana and ipanema will be upgraded by Iain in the next few days, leaving the upgrade of the master LDAP server and boogaloo the jabber server. [Action Toby, Iain]

  • OpenLDAP Upgrade - The upgrade_master milestone has slipped. Toby will mail CEG with a revised proposed date. [Action Toby]

  • Increase the number of nodes in the 64 node cluster. - The next milestone, reconfigure rac, had slipped because of the impact of having to work on higher priority console server work. Iain will move the proposed date for this milestone back to the end of March.

This work has been done and the number of nodes increased to 78. Iain still needs to update the project database data about this project. [Action Iain]

  • Gridengine Configuration Review - Iain has greatly underestimated the time to analyze the huge quantity of data produced by Gridengine. What he hasd originally thought would take 2 days has now taken 8. He will adjust the proposed date for the Review usage milestone to the 4th May. [Action Iain]

  • Inf FC6 desktop - Stephen reported that this work had been done but apologized that the data not yet updated; he should make the updates. [Action Stephen]

There were four projects at stage 4 Sign Off but there was not time to deal with these. They will be handled in the meeting in a fortnight.

4. New project proposals

There were none.

5. Technical presentation and discussion of projects

  • System Monitoring - Simon gave a presentation (details of the slides to appear shortly).

6. AOB

The next meeting will be on May 2nd in JCMB.

-- KenDawson - 18 Apr 2007

Topic revision: r2 - 07 Aug 2007 - 08:38:46 - StephenQuinney
 
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