Dr Marc Hanheide, a researcher in the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) research, has now joined the Kumo to help setting up OpenStack on the hardware and also to make Kumo’s service available to the research in L-CAS. L-CAS is one partner in the multi-million Pound project STRANDS, developing robots that learn from long-term experience.

STRANDS_logoLong-term experience in terms of robotics means: Tons of data, and high demands on computing to process all this data. Hence, L-CAS is an ideal early-adaptor  for Kumo’s services. Marc is chipping in his Linux expertise to help setting up OpenStack and the network, to accommodate the requirements for STRANS, but also to help to develop the OpenStack installation further towards the aims outlined in this post.

So, what the status then?

Finally, OpenStack is running on the controller node, based on the devstack installation routines. Devstack has been customised for our local needs and if now successfully deployed and running in a test installation on the hardware. Test instances can be launched (with limited resources at the moment, due to the single node configuration) and the can be assigned floating IPs, allowing them to be integrated into the university’s networking infrastructure. Right now, this is all running in a small network island (subnet), but in the new year, we are looking to

  • integrate the two other computing nodes, to have more computing resources
  • make the floating IPs accessible from within the whole university network
  • integrate the NAS storage into cinder, OpenStacks volume manager, to accommodate large data storage requirements, e.g. for STRANDS
  • get it all up and running also for others to use (enter production stage)

Samantha Beels – 1st prize

Nicola Lowe – 2nd prize

3rd place prizes are:

Julia Shaw – most original

Faith Chidongo – most popular

Ruth Stanney – most engaging

Gemma Sandry – most accessible

Joanna Hadley – most informative

All certificates for other participants are also ready for collection. Please contact <a title="mailto:vcarroll@lincoln.ac.uk" href="mailto:vcarroll@lincoln.ac.uk">vcarroll@lincoln.ac.uk to arrange how to collect them. 

Alex Bilbie and Zackary Blank come on the show to talk about OAuth 2, which has been getting a lot of flamey bad press over the last year or two after the original author quit the project.

Why these guys? Well, Alex until recently was working at the University of Lincoln where they did a whole bunch of OAuth 2 work as auth for various API projects at the university. During this time he created the fully spec compliant CodeIgniter OAuth 2.0 Server, which was later replaced with a new generic PHP version for “The League of Extraordinary Packages”. It’s safe to say that Alex knows his shit when it comes to OAuth.

Read more and listed to the podcast

I am very pleased to announce that our Research Data Management policy, which was one of the main objectives of the Orbital project, has been approved by the university’s Research Committee. The process of drafting the policy began in April 2012 as a collaborative effort between Orbital team members from the Centre for Educational Research and Development, The Library and the Research and Enterprise Office. Comments were then solicited from the Director of ICT, the Director of Research and Enterprise and the University Librarian. The draft was then presented to the Research Committee, which requested that the policy be discussed with the Senior Management Team due to its resourcing implications. This meeting took place in October 2012 and as a result, SMT requested that the College Research Directors were consulted on the Policy and agreed that a Business Case for Research Data Management (to effectively ‘underwrite’ the policy) should be put together. The Business Case was presented to SMT and accepted in January 2013. Following discussion with the Research Directors and further re-drafting, the policy was approved today.

This completes the formal objectives of the Orbital project and places us in a position where we have a Business Case, Policy and a new ‘Research Information Services’ team that is being formed to meet the expectations and aspirations of our researcher community and our funders.