Development Meeting

Room IF-4.31 - Minutes 2008-11-05

Present: Richard Bell, Toby Blake, Lindsey Brown, Neil Brown, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Carol Dow, Alison Downie, Ian Durkacz, Sheila Gardner, Bill Hewitt, Jennifer Oxley, Stephen Quinney, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan

Apologies: Paul Anderson, Roger Burroughes and Graham Dutton gave their apologies

1. Minutes of last meeting

These were accepted.

2. Matters Arising

  • 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.

Simon stated that the only thing that needed to be agreed was that when a person's DICE account was deleted that all Kerberos principals associated with that person need to be deleted as well.

Action carried forward. [Action Ken]

  • 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. This software is in the tkined rpm. Ian has been looking into compiling this on a 64-bit SL5 platform.

George has not had time to carry out this action because of pressure from more urgent work.

This software will need to be ported before we start using 64bit machines by default.

George has started to look at this but has not yet finished. [Action George]

Action carried forward. [Action Alastair]

  • George should document how the host keys of the ssh servers can be preserved during upgrades.

Action carried forward. [Action George]

Action carried forward. [Action Stephen]

Action carried forward. [Action Alastair]

  • Investigation of server virtualization This needs to be split into two projects so that we can start to use the technology fairly soon. Alastair should bring this new project covering the basic use to the Development Meeting in the next few months.

Action carried forward. [Action Alastair]

Action carried forward. [Action Iain]

It was agreed that rather than deleting scrapped projects a new project status/stage should be introduced to cater for this. [Action Ken]

Action carried forward. [Action Craig]

  • The nagios enabled milestone of the AFS file system project should be rewritten to emphasise the work that should be done on the component to make it fully functional.

This action was overlooked in the meeeting and is carried forward. [Action Craig]

  • Review of user documentation It was agreed that this project should be proposed at the Development Meeting as soon as effort became available.

Action carried forward. [Action Ken]

All other actions from the last meeting have been completed.

3. Approved Project

  • AFS file system The packages are all built for the next release of AFS but they have not been tested yet - Craig hopes to do this in the next few weeks.

  • Inventory System Ken reported that the final listed milestone had been completed and that after some final improvements in the next week or two he would aim to bring this project forward for sign-off at the next meeting. [Action Ken]

  • Network Management Review Ian said that he would add more detailed milestones and begin to have one-to-one meetings with interested parties. [Action Ian]

  • Replacement of LPRng with CUPS Work has been progressing on the documentation for CUPS but it is not yet complete. The LPRng printing system will be replaced by CUPS on 1st December.

  • LCFG buildtools rewrite This project is currently blocked due to the lack of available SAN space. Alastair and Craig will discuss what space can be made available. [Action Craig and Alastair]

  • Cluster Parallel filesystem This work has been delayed because of the block on increasing the heat load in the Forum server room until the air-conditioning has been sorted out.

  • DICE SL5 Services Three servers managed by the Services Unit and one managed by the User Support Unit have yet to be upgraded to SL5.

4. New Project Proposals

Alastair asked that some estimate of the time that would need to be spent on the evaluation phase should be included in the project description before it could be accepted. The matter can be dealt with via email before the next meeting. [Action George]

5. Review of last month's prioritisation of projects

Points that came out of the discussion were:

  • Prioritisation should in future be across all projects rather than by unit.

  • Some units have a more predictable work load than others and can be more confident that effort can be released to other units without any likely serious impact on the operational work of the unit providing the effort.

  • Some form of secondment of staff from one unit to another might be useful to balance the work loads against the available effort - this secondment might be a block of time or to carry out specific tasks/projects or some hybrid of these.

  • Senior CSO effort to other units might be increased to deal with operational work and release CO effort for development work.

6. Technical presentation and discussion of projects

7. AOB

The next meeting will be on December 3rd in the Forum.

-- KenDawson - 05 Nov 2008

Topic revision: r1 - 05 Nov 2008 - 15:51:53 - KenDawson
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