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Revision 1.60 - (show annotations)
Sun Mar 21 23:58:07 2004 UTC (15 years, 7 months ago) by tdb
Branch: MAIN
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Commit new website. The old site is tagged, so this won't change the live
site... but it does move HEAD on to the new site.

Too many changes to list really. General points are:

- Moved to a XHTML CSS compliant site.
- Reorganised the site into a more multi-project based look.
- Removed a lot of cruft.

Still to do:

- Fix all the zillions of bugs stopping the whole site from validating :-)
- Tidy up the HTML in terms of layout and indentation.

Thanks to AJ for his help this weekend in doing this.

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12 <center><h3>Project News</h3></center>
14 <p align="justify">
15 <b>Wednesday 10 March 2004</b><br><br>
16 <a href="/libstatgrab/">libstatgrab</a> 0.9 has been released.
17 </p>
19 <p align="justify">
20 <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>
26 <p align="justify">
27 <b>Sunday 8 June 2003</b><br><br>
28 The i-scream website, email, and cvs facilities are now all
29 run from a <a href="">FreeBSD</a> server.<br>
30 <a href="">
31 <img src="/powerlogo.gif" width="171" height="64" border="0" alt="Powered By FreeBSD">
32 </a>
33 </p>
35 <p align="justify">
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 grateful if you <a href="">contacted</a>
43 us with any questions or bugs.<br><br>
44 The downloads will be available on our snapshot server :-<br>
45 <a href="">
47 </p>
49 <p align="justify">
50 <b>Saturday 1 June 2002</b><br><br>
51 Work has now been finished on a new ihost written in C. This has
52 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 <a href="/who.shtml">Pete</a>. Until we update the downloads
55 pages you can download the new ihost
56 <a href="">
57 here</a>.
58 </p>
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="">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 through <a href="">
69 CVS</a>.
70 </p>
72 <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 details can be found <a href="">
78 here</a> on the author's website.
79 </p>
81 <p>&nbsp;</p>
82 <center><h3>About i-scream</h3></center>
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>
94 <p align="justify">
95 <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 to <a href=""></a>.
102 </p>
104 <p>&nbsp;</p>
105 <center><h3>Current Work</h3></center>
107 <p align="justify">
108 <b>Extending monitoring facilites</b><br><br>
109 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-load15.gif" width="100" height="107" align="left"></a>
110 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 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 </p>
119 <p align="justify">
120 <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 </p>
130 <p align="justify">
131 <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 </p>
140 <p>&nbsp;</p>
141 <center><h3>Project History</h3></center>
143 <p align="justify">
144 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-reports-raptor-latest-misc.gif" width="100" height="104" align="left"></a>
145 The i-scream Distributed Central Monitoring System started off as
146 a final year project for a group of <a href="">
147 Computer Science</a> students at the <a href="">
148 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 </p>
155 <p align="justify">
156 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-ihost-main.gif" width="100" height="51" align="right"></a>
157 As can be seen in our &quot;<a href="/probdomain.shtml">problem domain</a>&quot; document, the project
158 was aimed at the UKC Computer Science department, and as such
159 we believed that a demonstration to the &quot;customer&quot; was important. The
160 feedback from our demonstation was more positive than we had
161 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 </p>
169 <p align="justify">
170 <a href="screenshots/"><img border="0" src="screenshots/thumbnail-conient-config.gif" width="100" height="48" align="left"></a>
171 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 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 so we had to settle for <i>i-scream</i>. And thus, we were left with a cunning
178 play on words - it still sounded like <i>ice cream</i>, yet also
179 served as a functional description of our system - namely, one which
180 screams at somebody if something has gone wrong...
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