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7     <table border="0" width="500">
8     <tr>
9     <td>
10     <font size="2" face="arial,sans-serif">
11    
12 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project News</h3></center>
13 tdb 1.49
14     <p align="justify">
15 tdb 1.54 <b>Wednesday 22 October 2003</b><br><br>
16     <a href="/libstatgrab">libstatgrab</a> 0.7 has been released.
17 tdb 1.46 </p>
18    
19     <p align="justify">
20 tdb 1.45 <b>Tuesday 15 July 2003</b><br><br>
21     We have moved the i-scream support and bug tracking to a new
22     facility on the i-scream server. For further details please
23     see <a href="/support.shtml">this</a> page.
24     </p>
25    
26     <p align="justify">
27 tdb 1.41 <b>Sunday 8 June 2003</b><br><br>
28     The i-scream website, email, and cvs facilities are now all
29 tdb 1.42 run from a <a href="http://www.freebsd.org">FreeBSD</a> server.<br>
30 tdb 1.41 <a href="http://www.freebsd.org">
31 tdb 1.43 <img src="/powerlogo.gif" width="171" height="64" border="0" alt="Powered By FreeBSD">
32 tdb 1.41 </a>
33     </p>
34 tdb 1.45
35 tdb 1.39 <p align="justify">
36 tdb 1.36 <b>Tuesday 4 February 2003</b><br><br>
37     Over the coming week we will be making snapshot builds of the
38     i-scream central monitoring system from the CVS repository.
39     These builds will have quite a few changes from the downloads
40     currently available (a document detailing them will be
41     released later on), so please give them a whirl. We would be
42 tdb 1.38 grateful if you <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org">contacted</a>
43 tdb 1.36 us with any questions or bugs.<br><br>
44     The downloads will be available on our snapshot server :-<br>
45 tdb 1.38 <a href="http://snapshots.i-scream.org/">
46     http://snapshots.i-scream.org/</a>.
47 tdb 1.36 </p>
48    
49 tdb 1.28 <p align="justify">
50 tdb 1.31 <b>Saturday 1 June 2002</b><br><br>
51     Work has now been finished on a new ihost written in C. This has
52 tdb 1.32 been in the pipeline for a long time, and we're glad to finally
53     see an efficient native host! Credit goes to our new developer
54 tdb 1.31 <a href="/who.shtml">Pete</a>. Until we update the downloads
55     pages you can download the new ihost
56 tdb 1.48 <a href="ftp://ftp.i-scream.org/pub/i-scream/ihost/">
57 tdb 1.31 here</a>.
58     </p>
59    
60     <p align="justify">
61     <b>Tuesday 21 May 2002</b><br><br>
62     We've finally put the finishing touches to the new
63     <a href="http://rrdtool.eu.org">RRDtool</a> based graphing system.
64     It's working well, and has done away with the MySQL database
65     backend which took up far too many resources. This new system
66     generates the graphs in a more realtime nature, allowing more
67     flexible graphs to be generated. This is currently only available
68 tdb 1.38 through <a href="http://cvs.i-scream.org/cms/source/reports/rrdgraphing/">
69 tdb 1.31 CVS</a>.
70     </p>
71    
72 tdb 1.28 <p align="justify">
73     <b>Tuesday 8 Jan 2002</b><br><br>
74     Java ACL (Access Control List) code has been added to the util
75     package of the i-scream server. This code will ultimately allow
76     the server to be more secure when exposed to the Internet. More
77 tdb 1.38 details can be found <a href="http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/tdb/#acl">
78 tdb 1.29 here</a> on the author's website.
79 tdb 1.28 </p>
80    
81     <p>&nbsp;</p>
82     <center><h3>About i-scream</h3></center>
83    
84     <p align="justify">
85     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-alerter-email.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
86     Details of the i-scream central monitoring system can be found
87     on the <b><a href="features.shtml">features and overview</a></b> page.
88     A variety of <b><a href="screenshots">screen shots</a></b> from the
89     system show some of the key features in use. The <b><a href="reports">reports demo</a></b>
90     page provides a static example of what the i-scream reports (alerts,
91     historical graphs, and live data) could look like on a production system.
92     </p>
93    
94 tdb 1.1 <p align="justify">
95 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-main.gif" width="100" height="107" align="right"></a>
96     The latest source code is available in the <b><a href="cvs.shtml">CVS</a></b>
97     repository, with binary downloads on the downloads page. The
98     <b><a href="documentation">documentation</a></b> page has details of
99     installation, use and maintenance for the end user and developer.
100     We value feedback and comments from you, so please drop us an e-mail
101 tdb 1.38 to <a href="mailto:dev@i-scream.org">dev@i-scream.org</a>.
102 pjm2 1.5 </p>
103 tdb 1.28
104     <p>&nbsp;</p>
105     <center><h3>Current Work</h3></center>
106    
107 pjm2 1.5 <p align="justify">
108 tdb 1.31 <b>Extending monitoring facilites</b><br><br>
109 tdb 1.28 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-load15.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
110 tdb 1.31 Work is continuing, in conjunction with the new ihost, to extend
111     the range of i-scream's monitoring. Currently we are adding new
112     features to more accurately monitoring memory and swap usage,
113     along with more disk statistics. We are also planning to improve
114     the rather basic service monitors which are currently in place.
115 tdb 1.32 There are also many more subtle changes that need to be made to
116     improve the reliability and usefulness of i-scream's monitoring.
117 pjm2 1.11 </p>
118 tdb 1.31
119 pjm2 1.7 <p align="justify">
120 tdb 1.28 <b>Server security</b><br><br>
121     Security was something mostly overlooked in the original stage
122     of this project (due to the academic nature of the work). However,
123     once in production use this has become an issue, and is being
124     addressed. Initially the plan is to lock down the external points
125     of access (TCP & UDP) in the server to specific hosts. In the
126     longer term, encryption of data would be nice, but would take a
127     lot more time and work.
128 tdb 1.1 </p>
129 tdb 1.9
130     <p align="justify">
131 tdb 1.28 <b>Testing and Development</b><br><br>
132     <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-winhost-main.gif" width="100" height="62" align="right"></a>
133     The i-scream system is being tested and developed within the
134     Univeristy of Kent Computer Science department by the Systems
135     Group. This has led to many bug fixes and minor feature
136     enhancements, and will hopefully help to aid the long term
137     development of the system.
138 tdb 1.9 </p>
139 tdb 1.28
140 tdb 1.1 <p>&nbsp;</p>
141 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Project History</h3></center>
142 tdb 1.1
143     <p align="justify">
144 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-latest-misc.gif" width="100" height="104" align="left"></a>
145 pjm2 1.14 The i-scream Distributed Central Monitoring System started off as
146 tdb 1.38 a final year project for a group of <a href="http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk">
147     Computer Science</a> students at the <a href="http://www.kent.ac.uk">
148 tdb 1.28 University of Kent at Canterbury</a>, UK. The project was completed at
149     4pm on 29 March 2001. It consisted of five lever-arch folders containing
150     mostly source code and documentation. The CVS repository was tagged to
151     signify this even, however, the project is still being developed by the
152     <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">core development team</a>.
153 tdb 1.6 </p>
154    
155     <p align="justify">
156 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-ihost-main.gif" width="100" height="51" align="right"></a>
157 tdb 1.18 As can be seen in our &quot;<a href="/probdomain.shtml">problem domain</a>&quot; document, the project
158 tdb 1.6 was aimed at the UKC Computer Science department, and as such
159 pjm2 1.22 we believed that a demonstration to the &quot;customer&quot; was important. The
160 pjm2 1.12 feedback from our demonstation was more positive than we had
161 tdb 1.27 anticipated. We believe that the system may now be of interest
162     to anybody who wishes to monitor a number of machines on their
163     network using a central configuration. The i-scream central
164     monitoring system is now being used by the UKC Computer Science
165     department, and their feedback is being used to further improve
166     the product.
167 tdb 1.1 </p>
168    
169     <p align="justify">
170 pjm2 1.15 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-config.gif" width="100" height="48" align="left"></a>
171 pjm2 1.14 The name <i>i-scream</i> arose from a meeting whereupon one member
172     of the <a href="acknowledgements.shtml">development team</a> felt a strange urge to draw an ice cream on the discussion board.
173 tdb 1.1 It later became apparent that we had no name for our project (other
174     than 'The Project'). It seemed only natural to name our project after
175     the ice cream that had been oh-so-randomly drawn on the white board.
176     Copyright issues immediately ruled out anything involving Mr Whippy,
177 pjm2 1.14 so we had to settle for <i>i-scream</i>. And thus, we were left with a cunning
178 tdb 1.1 play on words - it still sounded like <i>ice cream</i>, yet also
179 tdb 1.26 served as a functional description of our system - namely, one which
180 tdb 1.1 screams at somebody if something has gone wrong...
181     </p>
182     <p align="justify">
183 tdb 1.23
184 tdb 1.24 <p>&nbsp;</p>
185 tdb 1.28 <center><h3>Searching i-scream</h3></center>
186 tdb 1.24
187 tdb 1.23 <!-- Search Google -->
188     <center>
189 tdb 1.28 <FORM method=GET action=http://www.google.com/custom>
190     <TABLE bgcolor=#FFFFFF cellspacing=0 border=0>
191     <tr>
192     <td valign="middle">
193     <A HREF=http://www.google.com/search>
194     <IMG SRC=http://www.google.com/logos/Logo_40wht.gif border=0 ALT=Google align=middle width="128" height="53"></A>
195     </td>
196     <td valign="middle">
197 tdb 1.44 <input type=hidden name=domains value="i-scream.org;i-scream.org.uk">
198 tdb 1.38 <input type=hidden name=sitesearch value="i-scream.org">
199 tdb 1.28 <INPUT TYPE=text name=q size=35 maxlength=255 value="">
200     <INPUT type=submit name=sa VALUE="Search">
201 tdb 1.44 <INPUT type=hidden name=cof VALUE="T:#000066;LW:502;ALC:#3333cc;L:http://www.i-scream.org/i-scream.gif;LC:#0000ff;LH:37;BGC:#ffffff;AH:left;VLC:#3333cc;GL:0;S:http://www.i-scream.org/;AWFID:d646a9fd69e7d9cb;">
202 tdb 1.28 </td>
203     </tr>
204     </TABLE>
205     </FORM>
206 tdb 1.23 </center>
207     <!-- Search Google -->
208    
209 tdb 1.1 </p>
210     </font>
211     </td>
212     </tr>
213     </table>

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