July 20th, 2018
Today was the day of my learner’s series! It went quite well – I was nervous speaking for the first few minutes, but as time went on it became easier to enunciate. We included an activity for the interns to participate in as well, to break the monotony of the presentation. As mentioned earlier, I did decide to present on Free Software, a topic I’m quite passionate about. I feel as though some of the interns were bored listening, but my friends usually get bored when I talk about it with them as well. Not the most relatable or interesting topic.. but one I wanted to inform people about nevertheless. Regardless, I’m glad the presentation is out of the way – that’s one less thing to worry about.
The department projects haven’t progressed a huge amount, but things have been moving. Juniper has sent us some new equipment which we’re waiting to receive, and hopefully it will be easier to get perfSONAR running on those. We’ll be in contact with their engineers and see how things go. For Cisco, I’ve been working on using Ansible modules to automate the actual transfer and deployment of the LXC container to the device, since as of now it’s only the build process that’s been automated. The idea is that eventually, if we were to receive a large quantity of these machines on campus, with a small configuration and the single press of a button, perfSONAR would be able to be deployed across all of them in one fell swoop. It’s exciting work and could have a large impact in the future, so I’m glad to be doing it.
Our privacy dashboard has also been coming along quite well. Most of the pages are complete, and we have been working with our UX designers to finalize the design, and get it into a presentable fashion. We’ll be giving a brief talk about our progress on August 9th, so we want it to be all done by then.
Things are going smooth, and I’ve been learning quite a lot of new skills! Only 2 more weeks to go!