Final Project Report for Project 164 - Prometheus AFS PTS Conduit


The initial goal of this project was to produce the conduit, datastore and associated code which would allow the AFS PTS database to be synchronised with the main Prometheus Olympus datastore. This would allow users to be added automatically to the PTS database when they appeared in Prometheus, rather than being added by hand as had been the case up until then. The scope of the project was soon enlarged to encompass the synchronisation of both the PTS and the VL database, allowing for the automatic creation and deletion of home directories but the name of the project was never changed. It was felt that it would be beneficial for members of the CO community outwith the main Prometheus development team to create conduits as a means of promulgating knowledge of the workings of Prometheus to a wider audience and so this project was assigned to the Services Unit in the form of myself.

Initial progress

The project began in T1 2010 with the aim of having the conduit (and later both conduits) in service by the start of the 2010-2011 academic year. The need to acquire knowledge of both the internal workings of Prometheus and Perl based Object Orientated programming mean that initial progress was slow to start with but as necessary knowledge was acquired, the pace accelerated and the aim of having the conduits in service by September 2010 was achieved.

Finished? Not Quite

Although the PTS and VL conduits and data stores were in place and working satisfactorily, there still remained the small matter of the test suites before the project could be signed off. Each Prometheus conduit and data store is required to have a test suite which can be used to automatically prove that the conduit or data store is working in the expected manner.

-- CraigStrachan - 18 Jan 2016

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