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12 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project News</h3></center>
13    
14     <p align="justify">
15 tdb 1.31 <b>Saturday 1 June 2002</b><br><br>
16     Work has now been finished on a new ihost written in C. This has
17     been in the pipeline for a long time, and we're glad to see an
18     efficient host at last! Credit goes to our new developer
19     <a href="/who.shtml">Pete</a>. Until we update the downloads
20     pages you can download the new ihost
21     <a href="http://kernow.ukc.ac.uk/snapshots/ihost-1.0rc1.tar.gz">
22     here</a>.
23     </p>
24    
25     <p align="justify">
26     <b>Tuesday 21 May 2002</b><br><br>
27     We've finally put the finishing touches to the new
28     <a href="http://rrdtool.eu.org">RRDtool</a> based graphing system.
29     It's working well, and has done away with the MySQL database
30     backend which took up far too many resources. This new system
31     generates the graphs in a more realtime nature, allowing more
32     flexible graphs to be generated. This is currently only available
33     through <a href="http://www.i-scream.org.uk/cgi-bin/cvs/viewcvs.cgi/cms/source/reports/rrdgraphing/"
34     CVS</a>.
35     </p>
36    
37     <p align="justify">
38     <b>Saturday 18 May 2002</b><br><br>
39     The i-scream central monitoring system is now <a href="/license.shtml">
40     licensed under the GNU Public License. We are currently working
41     to make full downloads, including source, available on this site.
42     </p>
43    
44     <p align="justify">
45 tdb 1.28 <b>Thursday 7 Feb 2002</b><br><br>
46 tdb 1.30 The alerting section of the i-scream central monitoring system
47     now makes full use of an externally developed IRC bot for it's IRC
48 tdb 1.28 connectivity. To find out more about this IRC bot, please visit
49 tdb 1.29 the author's website at <a href="http://www.jibble.org">
50 tdb 1.28 http://www.jibble.org</a>.
51     </p>
52    
53     <p align="justify">
54     <b>Tuesday 8 Jan 2002</b><br><br>
55     Java ACL (Access Control List) code has been added to the util
56     package of the i-scream server. This code will ultimately allow
57     the server to be more secure when exposed to the Internet. More
58     details can be found <a href="http://www.cs.ukc.ac.uk/people/staff/tdb/#acl">
59 tdb 1.29 here</a> on the author's website.
60 tdb 1.28 </p>
61    
62     <p>&nbsp;</p>
63     <center><h3>About i-scream</h3></center>
64    
65     <p align="justify">
66     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-alerter-email.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
67     Details of the i-scream central monitoring system can be found
68     on the <b><a href="features.shtml">features and overview</a></b> page.
69     A variety of <b><a href="screenshots">screen shots</a></b> from the
70     system show some of the key features in use. The <b><a href="reports">reports demo</a></b>
71     page provides a static example of what the i-scream reports (alerts,
72     historical graphs, and live data) could look like on a production system.
73     </p>
74    
75 tdb 1.1 <p align="justify">
76 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-main.gif" width="100" height="107" align="right"></a>
77     The latest source code is available in the <b><a href="cvs.shtml">CVS</a></b>
78     repository, with binary downloads on the downloads page. The
79     <b><a href="documentation">documentation</a></b> page has details of
80     installation, use and maintenance for the end user and developer.
81     We value feedback and comments from you, so please drop us an e-mail
82     to <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org.uk">dev@i-scream.org.uk</a>.
83 pjm2 1.5 </p>
84 tdb 1.28
85     <p>&nbsp;</p>
86     <center><h3>Current Work</h3></center>
87    
88 pjm2 1.5 <p align="justify">
89 tdb 1.31 <b>Extending monitoring facilites</b><br><br>
90 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-load15.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
91 tdb 1.31 Work is continuing, in conjunction with the new ihost, to extend
92     the range of i-scream's monitoring. Currently we are adding new
93     features to more accurately monitoring memory and swap usage,
94     along with more disk statistics. We are also planning to improve
95     the rather basic service monitors which are currently in place.
96 pjm2 1.11 </p>
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98 pjm2 1.7 <p align="justify">
99 tdb 1.28 <b>Server security</b><br><br>
100     Security was something mostly overlooked in the original stage
101     of this project (due to the academic nature of the work). However,
102     once in production use this has become an issue, and is being
103     addressed. Initially the plan is to lock down the external points
104     of access (TCP & UDP) in the server to specific hosts. In the
105     longer term, encryption of data would be nice, but would take a
106     lot more time and work.
107 tdb 1.1 </p>
108 tdb 1.9
109     <p align="justify">
110 tdb 1.28 <b>Testing and Development</b><br><br>
111     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-winhost-main.gif" width="100" height="62" align="right"></a>
112     The i-scream system is being tested and developed within the
113     Univeristy of Kent Computer Science department by the Systems
114     Group. This has led to many bug fixes and minor feature
115     enhancements, and will hopefully help to aid the long term
116     development of the system.
117 tdb 1.9 </p>
118 tdb 1.28
119 tdb 1.1 <p>&nbsp;</p>
120 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project History</h3></center>
121 tdb 1.1
122     <p align="justify">
123 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-latest-misc.gif" width="100" height="104" align="left"></a>
124 pjm2 1.14 The i-scream Distributed Central Monitoring System started off as
125 tdb 1.28 a final year project for a group of <a href="http://www.cs.ukc.ac.uk">
126     Computer Science</a> students at the <a href="http://www.ukc.ac.uk">
127     University of Kent at Canterbury</a>, UK. The project was completed at
128     4pm on 29 March 2001. It consisted of five lever-arch folders containing
129     mostly source code and documentation. The CVS repository was tagged to
130     signify this even, however, the project is still being developed by the
131     <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">core development team</a>.
132 tdb 1.6 </p>
133    
134     <p align="justify">
135 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-ihost-main.gif" width="100" height="51" align="right"></a>
136 tdb 1.18 As can be seen in our &quot;<a href="/probdomain.shtml">problem domain</a>&quot; document, the project
137 tdb 1.6 was aimed at the UKC Computer Science department, and as such
138 pjm2 1.22 we believed that a demonstration to the &quot;customer&quot; was important. The
139 pjm2 1.12 feedback from our demonstation was more positive than we had
140 tdb 1.27 anticipated. We believe that the system may now be of interest
141     to anybody who wishes to monitor a number of machines on their
142     network using a central configuration. The i-scream central
143     monitoring system is now being used by the UKC Computer Science
144     department, and their feedback is being used to further improve
145     the product.
146 tdb 1.1 </p>
147    
148     <p align="justify">
149 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-config.gif" width="100" height="48" align="left"></a>
150 pjm2 1.14 The name <i>i-scream</i> arose from a meeting whereupon one member
151     of the <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">development team</a> felt a strange urge to draw an ice cream on the discussion board.
152 tdb 1.1 It later became apparent that we had no name for our project (other
153     than 'The Project'). It seemed only natural to name our project after
154     the ice cream that had been oh-so-randomly drawn on the white board.
155     Copyright issues immediately ruled out anything involving Mr Whippy,
156 pjm2 1.14 so we had to settle for <i>i-scream</i>. And thus, we were left with a cunning
157 tdb 1.1 play on words - it still sounded like <i>ice cream</i>, yet also
158 tdb 1.26 served as a functional description of our system - namely, one which
159 tdb 1.1 screams at somebody if something has gone wrong...
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