Development Meeting

(Room 2511, JCMB)- Minutes 2008-03-05

Present: Paul Anderson, Toby Blake, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Ian Durkacz, Bill Hewitt, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan

Apologies: Neil and Simon had sent their apologies.

1. Minutes of last meeting

These were accepted.

2. Matters Arising

Seventeen out of the twenty seven computing staff had now moved their mail service to staffmail.

Paul has now moved but Simon will not be able to move for another month or so. Neil reported that the Default quota had now been increased to 2 GB. However this was a limit that could not be exceeded until IS introduce a mail server with a later version of Cyrus software.

Richard and John have also still to move.

Richard was going to try to move today.

Craig commented that one of the non-computing staff on the Computing Strategy Group had now also moved to staffmail. There was no longer a 2GB limit to mail boxes and new staff will only get a staffmail mail account; an alias for their inf mail address pointing at their staffmail address will automatically be inserted into the alias file for the inf mail server.

Simon had still to migrate to staffmail. [Action Simon]

Craig will find out if there is any substantive reason why Simon has not moved. [Action Craig]

  • Revisit Account Management Simon had produced the discussion paper and the next step will be for George to call a meeting of interested parties. The subject will be discussed at the end of this meeting and the need for and nature of any further meeting will be dependent on the outcome of this.

Because of Simon's absence it had not been possible for George to speak to him about this.

Simon pointed out that the meeting was needed to sort out the short term problem of instituting a procedure to remove any extraordinary kerberos principles belonging to people who have left. George will arrange a meeting between himself, Simon and Ken.

George is yet to arrange this. [Action George]

Simon will add milestones to the project. Carried forward [Action Simon]

* DICE SL5 Server Platform There were two pieces of software that had not apparently been ported to the SL5 64bit platform (the SL5 platform was complete). Toby confessed that he had actually ported Cosign to SL5-64 but had not closed down the corresponding bugzilla bug. Stephen offered to look at the outstanding problem. Ian will talk to Stephen about this.

George has still to port his tnm package to 64-bit. [Action George]

  • DICE under emulators Alastair will modify the scope of the project to cover just those aspects that are required by computing staff.

This turned out not to be an action with any content.

Alastair and Tim will spin off a new pending project to cover use of emulators in research and teaching. Carried forward. [Action Tim, Alastair]

All other actions from the last meeting have been completed.

3. Approved Projects

  • Inventory System Ken said that he had not yet shipped the invedit script because he still had another option that he wanted to include. [Action Ken]

  • Cluster Parallel filesystem Iain reported that an issue had emerged about licensing of the software and that this needed to be clarified. He will discuss with Tim and Alastair. [Action Iain]

4. Specification of Software Language to be used in Projects

Ken explained that in order to ensure that there was not unnecessary multiplication of the software languages used for implementing projects the software that was proposed to be used on a project when it was brought to the Development Meeting for approval should be stated and a justification given for the choice. We do not wish to rigidly stick to a fixed set of languages because new languages will naturally and quite correctly be used if they are the correct tool for the job. Also if there is sufficiently widespread knowledge of a language within the computing staff then there is unlikely to be any objection to its use.

Toby reminded us all of the need for and value of good documentation of code.

5. Technical presentation and discussion of projects

6. AOB

The next meeting will be on April 2nd in the Seminar Room, Buccleuch Place.

-- KenDawson - 05 Mar 2008

Topic revision: r2 - 07 Mar 2008 - 17:24:16 - KenDawson
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