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10     <font size="2" face="arial,sans-serif">
11    
12 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project News</h3></center>
13 tdb 1.39
14     <p align="justify">
15     <b>Wednesday 7 May 2003</b><br><br>
16     We've <a href="http://www.freshmeat.net/projects/libstatgrab>
17     released</a> libstatgrab 0.4 as an individual product. You can
18     download it <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/libstatgrab">
19     here</a>. This release is functionally complete, but lacks
20     documentation. We hope to rectify this in the next release.
21     </p>
22 tdb 1.28
23 tdb 1.36 <p align="justify">
24     <b>Tuesday 4 February 2003</b><br><br>
25     Over the coming week we will be making snapshot builds of the
26     i-scream central monitoring system from the CVS repository.
27     These builds will have quite a few changes from the downloads
28     currently available (a document detailing them will be
29     released later on), so please give them a whirl. We would be
30 tdb 1.38 grateful if you <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org">contacted</a>
31 tdb 1.36 us with any questions or bugs.<br><br>
32     The downloads will be available on our snapshot server :-<br>
33 tdb 1.38 <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/">
34     http://snapshots.i-scream.org/</a>.
35 tdb 1.36 </p>
36    
37 tdb 1.28 <p align="justify">
38 tdb 1.31 <b>Saturday 1 June 2002</b><br><br>
39     Work has now been finished on a new ihost written in C. This has
40 tdb 1.32 been in the pipeline for a long time, and we're glad to finally
41     see an efficient native host! Credit goes to our new developer
42 tdb 1.31 <a href="/who.shtml">Pete</a>. Until we update the downloads
43     pages you can download the new ihost
44 tdb 1.38 <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/ihost/">
45 tdb 1.31 here</a>.
46     </p>
47    
48     <p align="justify">
49     <b>Tuesday 21 May 2002</b><br><br>
50     We've finally put the finishing touches to the new
51     <a href="http://rrdtool.eu.org">RRDtool</a> based graphing system.
52     It's working well, and has done away with the MySQL database
53     backend which took up far too many resources. This new system
54     generates the graphs in a more realtime nature, allowing more
55     flexible graphs to be generated. This is currently only available
56 tdb 1.38 through <a href="http://cvs.i-scream.org/cms/source/reports/rrdgraphing/">
57 tdb 1.31 CVS</a>.
58     </p>
59    
60     <p align="justify">
61     <b>Saturday 18 May 2002</b><br><br>
62     The i-scream central monitoring system is now <a href="/license.shtml">
63 tdb 1.33 licensed</a> under the GNU Public License. We are currently working
64 tdb 1.31 to make full downloads, including source, available on this site.
65     </p>
66    
67     <p align="justify">
68 tdb 1.28 <b>Thursday 7 Feb 2002</b><br><br>
69 tdb 1.30 The alerting section of the i-scream central monitoring system
70     now makes full use of an externally developed IRC bot for it's IRC
71 tdb 1.28 connectivity. To find out more about this IRC bot, please visit
72 tdb 1.29 the author's website at <a href="http://www.jibble.org">
73 tdb 1.28 http://www.jibble.org</a>.
74     </p>
75    
76     <p align="justify">
77     <b>Tuesday 8 Jan 2002</b><br><br>
78     Java ACL (Access Control List) code has been added to the util
79     package of the i-scream server. This code will ultimately allow
80     the server to be more secure when exposed to the Internet. More
81 tdb 1.38 details can be found <a href="http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/tdb/#acl">
82 tdb 1.29 here</a> on the author's website.
83 tdb 1.28 </p>
84    
85     <p>&nbsp;</p>
86     <center><h3>About i-scream</h3></center>
87    
88     <p align="justify">
89     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-alerter-email.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
90     Details of the i-scream central monitoring system can be found
91     on the <b><a href="features.shtml">features and overview</a></b> page.
92     A variety of <b><a href="screenshots">screen shots</a></b> from the
93     system show some of the key features in use. The <b><a href="reports">reports demo</a></b>
94     page provides a static example of what the i-scream reports (alerts,
95     historical graphs, and live data) could look like on a production system.
96     </p>
97    
98 tdb 1.1 <p align="justify">
99 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-main.gif" width="100" height="107" align="right"></a>
100     The latest source code is available in the <b><a href="cvs.shtml">CVS</a></b>
101     repository, with binary downloads on the downloads page. The
102     <b><a href="documentation">documentation</a></b> page has details of
103     installation, use and maintenance for the end user and developer.
104     We value feedback and comments from you, so please drop us an e-mail
105 tdb 1.38 to <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org">dev@i-scream.org</a>.
106 pjm2 1.5 </p>
107 tdb 1.28
108     <p>&nbsp;</p>
109     <center><h3>Current Work</h3></center>
110    
111 pjm2 1.5 <p align="justify">
112 tdb 1.31 <b>Extending monitoring facilites</b><br><br>
113 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-load15.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
114 tdb 1.31 Work is continuing, in conjunction with the new ihost, to extend
115     the range of i-scream's monitoring. Currently we are adding new
116     features to more accurately monitoring memory and swap usage,
117     along with more disk statistics. We are also planning to improve
118     the rather basic service monitors which are currently in place.
119 tdb 1.32 There are also many more subtle changes that need to be made to
120     improve the reliability and usefulness of i-scream's monitoring.
121 pjm2 1.11 </p>
122 tdb 1.31
123 pjm2 1.7 <p align="justify">
124 tdb 1.28 <b>Server security</b><br><br>
125     Security was something mostly overlooked in the original stage
126     of this project (due to the academic nature of the work). However,
127     once in production use this has become an issue, and is being
128     addressed. Initially the plan is to lock down the external points
129     of access (TCP & UDP) in the server to specific hosts. In the
130     longer term, encryption of data would be nice, but would take a
131     lot more time and work.
132 tdb 1.1 </p>
133 tdb 1.9
134     <p align="justify">
135 tdb 1.28 <b>Testing and Development</b><br><br>
136     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-winhost-main.gif" width="100" height="62" align="right"></a>
137     The i-scream system is being tested and developed within the
138     Univeristy of Kent Computer Science department by the Systems
139     Group. This has led to many bug fixes and minor feature
140     enhancements, and will hopefully help to aid the long term
141     development of the system.
142 tdb 1.9 </p>
143 tdb 1.28
144 tdb 1.1 <p>&nbsp;</p>
145 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project History</h3></center>
146 tdb 1.1
147     <p align="justify">
148 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-latest-misc.gif" width="100" height="104" align="left"></a>
149 pjm2 1.14 The i-scream Distributed Central Monitoring System started off as
150 tdb 1.38 a final year project for a group of <a href="http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk">
151     Computer Science</a> students at the <a href="http://www.kent.ac.uk">
152 tdb 1.28 University of Kent at Canterbury</a>, UK. The project was completed at
153     4pm on 29 March 2001. It consisted of five lever-arch folders containing
154     mostly source code and documentation. The CVS repository was tagged to
155     signify this even, however, the project is still being developed by the
156     <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">core development team</a>.
157 tdb 1.6 </p>
158    
159     <p align="justify">
160 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-ihost-main.gif" width="100" height="51" align="right"></a>
161 tdb 1.18 As can be seen in our &quot;<a href="/probdomain.shtml">problem domain</a>&quot; document, the project
162 tdb 1.6 was aimed at the UKC Computer Science department, and as such
163 pjm2 1.22 we believed that a demonstration to the &quot;customer&quot; was important. The
164 pjm2 1.12 feedback from our demonstation was more positive than we had
165 tdb 1.27 anticipated. We believe that the system may now be of interest
166     to anybody who wishes to monitor a number of machines on their
167     network using a central configuration. The i-scream central
168     monitoring system is now being used by the UKC Computer Science
169     department, and their feedback is being used to further improve
170     the product.
171 tdb 1.1 </p>
172    
173     <p align="justify">
174 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-config.gif" width="100" height="48" align="left"></a>
175 pjm2 1.14 The name <i>i-scream</i> arose from a meeting whereupon one member
176     of the <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">development team</a> felt a strange urge to draw an ice cream on the discussion board.
177 tdb 1.1 It later became apparent that we had no name for our project (other
178     than 'The Project'). It seemed only natural to name our project after
179     the ice cream that had been oh-so-randomly drawn on the white board.
180     Copyright issues immediately ruled out anything involving Mr Whippy,
181 pjm2 1.14 so we had to settle for <i>i-scream</i>. And thus, we were left with a cunning
182 tdb 1.1 play on words - it still sounded like <i>ice cream</i>, yet also
183 tdb 1.26 served as a functional description of our system - namely, one which
184 tdb 1.1 screams at somebody if something has gone wrong...
185     </p>
186     <p align="justify">
187 tdb 1.23
188 tdb 1.24 <p>&nbsp;</p>
189 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Searching i-scream</h3></center>
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