Project Development Meeting (IF-4.31 10:00 - 12:00) - Minutes 2011-03-07

Present: Alastair, Alison, Gordon, Graham, Roger, George, Neil, Chris, Iain, Ian, Stephen, Tim (convenor and minutes)

Apologies: Craig, Toby

1. Minutes of last meeting

Accepted.

2. Matters arising

Update on actions from last meeting.

  • inf-unit SL6 desktop/development
    • Check what used perl-krb5-admin. We still need it for Prometheus among other things. There has been an API change. It is no longer maintained. We could take it over. Stephen has CPAN access. [Action Stephen]
  • Announce with blog article the new "longjob" script. [Action Craig]
  • Implement print quotas via Pcounter
    • Need end-user queue monitoring and job removal. [Action Craig]
  • loghost implementation
    • Add into project somewhere support for directory per-host structure. Done.
  • Move www.inf to new technology
  • Prometheus: migration to new database feeds
    • Arrange discussion on UUID and username handling. Done.
  • Prometheus: enable account lifecycle
    • We should have a design document and technical talk. Toby commented in email that: the lifecycle stuff is still largely in Simon's head; Toby has an email with a little detail about how Simon proposed implementing account lifecycle but we're still awaiting the actual code that does this and he could write more about Simon's code when we receive it, but obviously can't before; the Prometheus Overview has the up to date documentation, and will be updated with anything we receive from Simon.

New actions from this meeting.

  • Virtualised DICE
    • Fork two projects: to address "staff" local desktop usage to run some kind of sub-DICE; to address DICE anywhere by VM (laptops and at home) and DICE anywhere by FreeNX (for IS labs as VM is not a solution here) but need academic confirmation of actual goal. [Action Iain]
  • Redevelop User Documentation
    • Add that this needs to deliver a "maintained service" into the project plan. [Action Alison]
  • Simple KVM service
    • Add hosting of SL5 guests. [Action Alastair]
  • School Database Revamp: Phase 1B & 2B
    • Add some milestones. [Action Tim]
  • Add mini-project to MPU list to close use of CVS for DICE/LCFG software, migrating remainder to SVN. [Action Alastair]

3. Approved Projects

See Activity with annotated comments from meeting.

4. Project Status Changes

  • Virtualised DICE - Signed Off
    • FreeNX (or equivalent) would be better for Labs
    • A VM is probably better for laptops or from home
      • We would need to look at running Bittorrent for image distribution for home, for laptops we could expect users to just do this while on-site.
    • Use a desktop server pool, interaction issues with sleep and users rebooting.
    • We should have a yum'able repository of DICE (locally produced and license unencumbered) packages.
    • Fork two projects: to address "staff" local desktop usage to run some kind of sub-DICE; to address DICE anywhere by VM (laptops and at home) and DICE anywhere by FreeNX (for IS labs as VM is not a solution here) but need academic confirmation of actual goal.
  • Improvements to Mirror Service (Final Report) - Signed Off

5. New Proposed Projects

None.

6. System Blog Articles

  • Theon - Tim
  • Prometheus - Toby
  • LongJob - Craig

7. AOB

None.

-- TimColles - 02 Apr 2012

Topic revision: r1 - 02 Apr 2012 - 11:01:44 - TimColles
 
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