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Webmaster's Report - IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

  1. 1. MTT Web Report Timothy Lee tt.lee@ieee.org June 6th, 2004
  2. 2. Introduction & Outline Objective: Continue to innovate by leveraging modern software tools and web-based technologies to serve the IEEE MTT-S electronic communications needs Accomplishments to date in 2004 Need to upgrade server (again) Website Updates Domain Names & IP Status Support to IMS and RFIC Steering Committees Plan for future
  3. 3. Accomplishments to Date Special thanks to all mtt.org webmasters who keeps the content fresh and up-to-date MTT.org website upgrades  HTML-based Adcom directory (Ian Gresham)  MTT Dictionary (Jeff Jargon)  Electronic Forums (Tim Lee)  TCC Webpages (Tim Lee)  Test version of Pond TPMS system installed (Pond, Lee, Hatcher) Supports to IMS and RFIC Committees  2004 Fort Worth (PDA Program Guide for PalmOS, Pocket PC, Nokia and Symbian cellphones) http://members.cox.net/leetim/ims2004  2005 Long Beach (new Electronic Daybook)  2006 San Francisco  2007 Honolulu (ims2007.org activated, homepage created) http://www.ims2007.org
  4. 4. Need for Server Upgrade  Background  Mtt.org last upgraded in 2003 to a Interland-managed dedicated server (Accelerator) from a shared server  Interland has phased out the Accelerator product (RH8 no longer supported by Red Hat)  Current level of capabilities not able to support a persistent Technical Paper Management System (TPMS)  While testing J. Pond TPMS on mtt.org website as host, discovered:  Incompatible version of Perl  Discovered lack of upgrade path (this platform is frozen)  Commitment to volunteer-based TPMS system  Save MTT-S lots of money by not contracting with outside service companies  Provide fully customized capabilities that address our unique needs  Need dedicated volunteer staff and suitable hardware/bandwidth
  5. 5. Test Version of Jeff Pond’s TPMS running on mtt.org Obsolete version of Perl prevents modules from running correctly
  6. 6. Need for Server Upgrade  Interland has dropped our current Accelerator from their pricelist and will no longer provide SW upgrades  Proposed Action  Evaluate upgrade path: managed or dedicated server  Interland or other provider?  Monthly and setup costs (current baseline ~ $362/month)  Will need a dedicated MTT Web Team  Need continuity to provide support  Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP (LAMP), Perl skills  Team (others?)  Timothy Lee  Jeff Pond  Dave Lovelace  Jenshan Lin  Marc Goldfarb
  7. 7. Web Hosting Services Baseline is Interland – Accelerator Preferences in selection (LAMP)  Standard, widely supported OS (Red Hat Linux ES3)  Apache webserver  PHP, mySql, Perl (latest versions)  Backup services (daily or weekly) Under investigation  Interland High Performance dedicated plans  Hostway dedicated plans  Rackspace managed plans (critical patches, backups included)  A-Plus dedicated plans Will get consensus from MTT-S web team and make recommendations to AdCom
  8. 8. Upgrade Comparisons Interland Feature Current Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade Accelerator 100 Entry Level Plan HP 1000 HP 2000 HP 3000 Account Name accelerator.mtt.org Monthly Fee $274.98 $149.00 $349.00 $749.00 $999.00 Dedicated IP's 30 $70.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Plesk 7 $12.95 $12.95 $12.95 Daily Backups $99.95 $99.95 $99.95 Total $344.98 $149.00 $461.90 $861.90 $1,111.90 Setup $349.00 $349.00 $349.00 Tech Support Included, limited $45 per half-hour $45 per half-hour $45 per half-hour Status Discontinued Current Product Current Product Current Product Current Product S/W upgrades None Customer Customer Customer S/W Maintenance Interland Customer Customer Customer OS Linux RH 8 Linux RH ES3 Linux RH ES3 Linux RH ES3 Linux RH ES3 Server HP LP1000R IBM xSeries IBM xSeries IBM xSeries IBM xSeries CPU PIII, 933 MHz Celeron 1.7GHz P4, 2.4GHz Dual 2.6GHz Xeon Dual 2.6GHz Xeon Month Data Transfer 65GB 50GB 100GB 300GB 400GB Memory 256MB 256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB Control Panel Web-based, limited Web-based, limited Plesk7, web-based Plesk7, web-based Plesk7, web-based Storage 18GB SCSI 40GB IDE ATA100 60GB IDE ATA100 3x18.2GB SCSI 3x36.4GB SCSI Raid Raid 5 Raid 5 WinMedia/Real 10 Streams/100MB Option Option Option Option Pop Email 150 dedicated server dedicated server dedicated server dedicated server mySQL shared server dedicated server dedicated server dedicated server dedicated server Recurring monthly fee scales with server features; setup cost fixed. You “rent” the server perpetually.
  9. 9. Upgrade Comparisons Interland Feature Current Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade Accelerator 100 HP 1000 HP 2000 HP 3000 Installed S/W RH 8? RH Enterprise Server 3 RH Enterprise Server 3 RH Enterprise Server 3 Linux Kernel 2.4.21 2.4.21 2.4.21 GLIBC GLIBC 2.3.2 GLIBC 2.3.2 GLIBC 2.3.2 OpenSSH OpenSSL 0.9.7a OpenSSL 0.9.7a OpenSSL 0.9.7a XNTP 4.1.1 XNTP 4.1.1 XNTP 4.1.1 Web Apache Apache 2.0.46 Apache 2.0.46 Apache 2.0.46 Frontpage Frontpage 5.0 Frontpage 5.0 Frontpage 5.0 PHP PHP 4.2.2-17 PHP 4.2.2-17 PHP 4.2.2-17 ModDeflate 2.0.46 ModDeflate 2.0.46 ModDeflate 2.0.46 ModSSL 2.0.45 ModSSL 2.0.45 ModSSL 2.0.45 ModPHP 4.3.2 ModPHP 4.3.2 ModPHP 4.3.2 ModWatch 0.1-2 ModWatch 0.1-2 ModWatch 0.1-2 MRTG 2.9.29 MRTG 2.9.29 MRTG 2.9.29 Miva empressa 3.97 Miva empressa 3.97 Miva empressa 3.97 DNS BIND 9.2.2 BIND 9.2.2 BIND 9.2.2 Email POP IMAP 2002d IMAP 2002d IMAP 2002d Shared Sendmail 8.12 Sendmail 8.12 Sendmail 8.12 Procmail 3.22 Procmail 3.22 Procmail 3.22 Qpopper 4.05 Qpopper 4.05 Qpopper 4.05 Dracd Relay Auth 1.12 Dracd Relay Auth 1.12 Dracd Relay Auth 1.12 FTP ProFTP 1.2.9 ProFTP 1.2.9 ProFTP 1.2.9 Remote Conn OpenSSH OpenSSH 3.6.1p2 OpenSSH 3.6.1p2 OpenSSH 3.6.1p2 Telnet Telnet 0.17 Telnet 0.17 Telnet 0.17 Database MySql shared mySql 3.23.58 mySql 3.23.58 mySql 3.23.58 PostgreSQL 7.3.4 PostgreSQL 7.3.4 PostgreSQL 7.3.4 Development Perl 5.6 Perl 5.8.0 Perl 5.8.0 Perl 5.8.0 GCC GCC 3.2.3 GCC 3.2.3 GCC 3.2.3 Python 2.2.3 Python 2.2.3 Python 2.2.3
  10. 10. Plesk 7 Web Server Management Software Domain Admin Server Admin New Plisk7 server management software very promising. Limits command line tinkering while managing complex server functions Visit http://www.sw- soft.com/en/products/plesk7/
  11. 11. Server Upgrade Summary Upgrade to our Interland account or migration needed to support growth and new capabilities for Technical Paper Management System Will try to keep monthly cost neutral (~$400 to $500/month) Major H/W upgrade  PIII 933MHz to P4 2.6GHz+ or Xeon class  60GB to 100GB bandwidth S/W upgrade  Supported Linux Red Hat Enterprise version 3  Plesk web-based administration  Sufficient IP & domain support and email accounts Will submit to Adcom and Budget Cmte for approval to proceed
  12. 12. MTT Website Changes Electronic Forums added for TCC, IMS and Adcom committees Conference Calendar updated for 2004 HTML version of Adcom Directory added to Membership Services Updated MTT Handbook posted to AdCom site Still need more inputs for TCC webpages More chapter web links added. MTT-S dictionary homepage created Email address obfuscator used to protect MTT member privacy
  13. 13. Under Development
  14. 14. Example of Updated TCC Webpage (MTT-9) ~ 40% of TCC chairs have responded to request for updates
  15. 15. Electronic Forum Developed Need: Electronic Forums for members of MTT-S to share information Discussion threads are recorded for those who cannot attend meeting to read, comment and for incoming committee members to gain corporate knowledge Unified interface for mtt.org electronic communications No heavy advertising found on Yahoo or MSN groups Organized into four sections General discussions & Feedback TCC topics Symposia Adcom committees Located at www.mtt.org/forum
  16. 16. All users must be registered Automated email verification & activation system for registration TCC forums will have moderators assigned from each committee Symposia and Adcom forums will be private and managed through ACLs Need more active participation by AdCom and TCC members
  17. 17. phpBB 2.06 (open-source, phpBB.com) mySql database Web-based administration Access control levels  By group or individual  All, Registered, Private, Moderator & Admin Forums can be public, registered, private and hidden
  18. 18. Web Directory Owner Webmaster Root (Home Page and Frames) MTT Webmaster Timothy Lee About MTT MTT Webmaster Timothy Lee Conferences Meetings and Symposia Committee Vincent Rosati Publications Publications Committee Michael Steer Membership Services Membership Services Committee Ian Gresham Administrative Committee AdCom Secretary Amir Mortazawi Technical Committees Technical Coordinating Committee Timothy Lee Awards Awards Committee Ed Rezek Education Education Committee Steven Kenney Local Chapters Chapter Administrator Dick Sparks Forums MTT Webmaster Timothy Lee MTT Web Directory Structure
  19. 19. Domain Names Ims20xx registered thru 2021 Rfic20xx registered thru 2010 Domain names are reserved 20 years out Domain names for current conferences are registered at least 1 year following conference to allow debriefing activities Last domain Expires Renewed mtt .org 6/19/2012 11/12/2002 ims2001 .org 1/9/2003 11/11/2001 ims2002 .org 1/9/2005 10/12/2003 ims2003 .org 1/9/2004 11/11/2001 ims2004 .org 1/9/2007 11/11/2001 ims2005 .org 1/9/2007 11/11/2001 ims2006 .org 1/9/2007 11/11/2001 ims2007 .org 1/9/2011 11/11/2001 ims2008 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2009 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2010 .org 6/22/2011 11/11/2001 ims2011 .org 7/3/2011 11/11/2001 ims2012 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2013 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2014 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2015 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2016 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2017 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2018 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2019 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2020 .org 6/21/2011 11/11/2001 ims2021 .org 11/11/2011 11/11/2001
  20. 20. IP domain name mtt.org ims2010.org ims2002.org ims2003.org ims2004.org ims2005.org ims2006.org ims2007.org ims2008.org ims2009.org rfic2010.org rfic2004.org rfic2005.org rfic2006.org rfic2007.org rfic2008.org rfic2009.org rawcon.org Transaction backup Special Issue backup IP Addresses IP status unchanged Rfic2005.org and ims2007.org activated
  21. 21. New Homepage design Need to make MTT homepage more attractive and informative for both long time and prospective members of the society Will undertake a redesign this summer using CSS format using Macromedia Studio MX 2004  Enables separation between content and styles  Cleaner interfaces and faster load times Gathering best ideas  From other engineering society sites  From your suggestions
  22. 22. Support to IMS Steering Committes
  23. 23. IMS Conference Mobile Device Program Guides This year, the usability and interoperability of the 2004 IEEE MTT-S IMS PDA Interactive Program Guide has been greatly enhanced through the use of Cerience Corporation's Repligo software. Cerience has developed an automated document conversion and management software for handheld computers and smartphones. It enables the conversion, viewing, transporting, annotating and management for documents of virtually any type, on mobile Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Microsoft Smartphones, Nokia Series 60, and Symbian UIQ devices. To view the Program Guide on your mobile device, you will need to install the Repligo Viewer first and then download the Program Guide into your device's main memory or flash storage (CF, SD, Memory Stick) Download the Repligo Viewer application via the URL links below. Or from the Cerience website, you can download the Windows Installer or type in your mobile device's email address for direct installation. . Then install the 2004 IEEE IMS Program Guide through normal synchronization methods (ActiveSync, Palm Desktop, etc) . Also download & install the Exhibitor Booth Directory. http://members.cox.net/leetim/ims2004
  24. 24. Electronic Daybook Tool IMS 2005 will use an electronic daybook based on an Access database, Scheduler Plus Am serving as IMS2005 Local Arrangement Chair and Webmaster Inputs taken from Event Request Forms Generate reports on utilization, resources, AV, food/beverage requirements Replaces obsolete and limited Excel spreadsheet Provide efficient interface to IEEE Conference Planner CEO Software Can pass on to 2006 and 2007 Committees
  25. 25. Scheduler Plus KEY FEATURES Manage and schedule events, rooms, and related services Schedule multiple rooms at multiple locations Microsoft Outlook integration Graphic interface displays available and booked rooms by day, week or month Easily schedule recurring meetings Schedule events and services without an assigned room Schedule private meetings Track last minute changes Send e-mail notification to clients and staff System wide setting are customizable per site in a multi site environment This product can be upgraded to a totally web-based so that Event requesters and planners can interact anywhere & anyplace they have an Internet connection.
  26. 26. Electronic Daybook Tool Event Name: Requestor: Phone: Fax: Email: Event Date: Start Time: End Time: Location: Convention Center Hotel Maximum Attendance:___________ Audio/Visual Requirements Meeting Room Setup Incidentals Audio/Visual Technician Theater Water Glasses, Main Table Lectern & Microphone Classroom Water Glasses, All Tables Standing Microphone (QTY: _____) Conference Table Pad/Pencils, Head Table Table Microphone (QTY: ________) Hollow Square Pad/Pencils, All Tables Data Projector "U" Shape Spare Table Overhead Projector Banquet, rounds of 8 Mints/Candies VHS Video Player Banquet, rounds of 10 Other: ____________________ 35 mm Projector Head Table for ____Persons Projection Screen Head Table on Risers Signs Pointer (Circle one: Stick/Laser) Lectern Standard Flip Chart & Pens Lectern on Riser Custom (_______X_______) Other: _______________________ Other:________________________ Room Sign Food/Beverage Requirements Morning Break Qty: __________ Start Time: __________ End Time: __________ Budget Allowance: _________ Afternoon Break Qty: __________ Start Time: __________ End Time: __________ Budget Allowance: _________ Breakfast Qty: __________ Start Time: __________ End Time: __________ Budget Allowance: _________ Lunch Qty: __________ Start Time: __________ End Time: __________ Budget Allowance: _________ Dinner Qty: __________ Start Time: __________ End Time: __________ Budget Allowance: _________ Reception Qty: __________ Start Time: __________ End Time: __________ Budget Allowance: _________ Bar Service Host No Host All meals and breaks will be chosen by the Conference Planner Bill Meeting To:___________________________________________________________________________________ Sign Text: Menu Suggestions/Additional Comments: Meeting/Event Order Form 2005 International Microwave Symposium Please e-mail the completed form to e.cabrera@ieee.org June12-17, 2005 Long Beach, California, USA Translation of Event Requests into database- driven scheduling and reporting system
  27. 27. Electronic Daybook Tool Resource Management
  28. 28. Plan for future Server migration and submittal of plans to Adcom and Budget committee TPMS installation and support for IMS 2005 Continue supporting current and future IMS and RFIC websites New MTT homepage re-design Multilingual websites – Ryan Miyamoto is translating into Japanese version. Need more volunteers on other languages. Please register and try out the forum area at http://www.mtt.org/forum Your suggestions are important to mtt.org site development
  29. 29. Thanks to all webmasters and everyone contributing to the web contents or giving suggestions! Looking for volunteers with Web development skills! Acknowledgement