RAT Unit Meeting -- 09-10-2019



  • gdutton: do completion report so we can end project
  • gdutton: create new project as purpose has changed to wider than original remit
  • high priority


  • discussed with CSO's, many opinions, another non-queued interruption would be a problem
  • looked at some packages
  • can we use teams - this has mobile app, web client is fine on linux, but automation may be needed to make this work in ways like live chat, including returning to RT
  • gdutton: report on progress to date
  • low priority


  • timc: do completion report and DPIA
  • gdutton: supply files for the simple web interface (for iOS users)


  • ongoing


  • waiting on cc to complete


  • timc: do completion report
  • timc: do DPIA, or decommission


  • timc: meet with iainr to add/extend deliverables
  • new nodes installed into the cluster, in queues, accessable
  • pgr filesystem servers installed and filesystem created
  • working on script to generate auto.homes file driven by caps - important so we can separate users onto the correct filesystem, teaching or research
  • filesystem rearrangement will need shifting people about and that along with the amount of data involved means this will take a while to do
  • need to fix script manging home directories as Python upgrade broke it
  • then finish component, hopefully LCFG mangaeable by xmas


  • gdutton: concrete proposals report


  • rwb: completion report


  • ongoing, "select" academics testing; need to demo for admin; core development is done; many reports to add or transfer from Portal but that is not part of this project


  • done bar 10gb infrastructure
  • timc: start completion process
  • timc: discuss infrastructure with iainr


  • ongoing
  • late requests should not receive priority over research cluster work
  • kaldi - will add 10gb to root partition, preferably using intel math libraries which are faster but add another 11gb, fortunately graham has just made 20gb savings
  • kaldi custom version was required for python


  • trac rattrap for ISS users, will use pgluser to manage
  • gdutton: letsencrypt it

  • RT - agreed to add autoresolver (after 3 months inactivity), might need to add a new status, then use status change to trigger email, look in rtsite.conf for examplar (flowchart)
  • timc: setup above
  • 7.5 upgrades - scheduling nodes - python change breaks scripts and they need rewritten so hold off on these
  • iainr: doing rt4 clone test tonight then leave real rt4 and issrt until after back from annual leave
  • iainr: crypt m/board replacement
  • iainr: remaining gpu servers to install - power issues affecting flexibility of physical installation
  • "youyuou" can be replaced (once users have confirmed), its still in warranty so we will use it to replace "marax"

  • aburford reported on what she had been up to:
    • paper to expand service as too much of her time is first line support meaning nothing much else happens, so ideally shift to IS helpdesk
    • principally learn support plus new assessment tools
    • benefits of being first line support does mean can help direct people away from eg submit
    • lecture recording improvements
    • UX design workshop - typical task assessment on learn
    • tophat attendance
    • course questionnaire mid semester feedback
    • courses still need proper coherent design on learn
    • still to find out about learn automation, yet to have first meeting


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