This project is to provide a simple paper referee and review system for the mock REF exercise. The expectation is that College will produce something for the actual REF submission (in 2021). So in this context we want something that can be thrown together fairly quickly. Also the workflow is not entirely clear at the outset, so we also want something that can be quickly altered. So I decided to use a Theon managed service. This means the database schema and corresponding UI can be prototyped and turned into a production system very quickly, but also allows the live system to be easily updated to account for any late design changes. Furthermore we now also get a RESTful API for free by doing this, and if a more custom UI turns out to be required it will be relatively quick to do using the existing API.
Myself and Chris have started working on this project. The idea is for both of us to get up to speed with installing and running a Hadoop cluster in the first instance.
To date we have got one one node running all service and successfully running a job. This was using secure ssh for connection. We have started looking at converting this to using Kerberos before trying to build more nodes. Configuration seems to be working but we have an issue using host principals to ssh.