Techmania

December 18, 2006

Sahana at ICIA 2006

Filed under: Development,Life,Sahana,Varsity — mifan @ 6:07 pm

Saturday, 16th December: The Sahana Research Team’s first paper, titled “Sahana: An overview of a Disaster Management System” was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Information and Automation, at Galadari, Colombo, by yours truly :). Even though the conference had its glitches, the presentation went fine, and coupled with the good food, the event was fun. One question from an Indian Prof. was certainly an eye-opener for me, which was whether Sahana had its own disaster management capability to manage itself in the time of a disaster..? The question brings memories from Commander Sam Vimes’ question: “Who watches the Watchmen?”, from Terry Pratchet’s book: Thud. So what capabilities did Sahana have, or intends to have in order to manage itself? I guess synchronization plays an important role here, as well as daily backups to separate servers. Pradeeper from Sahana was looking into Load Balancing, Heartbeats and Distributed Apache Web Server. Wonder whether a sort of BCP characteristic should be built into Sahana? Anyway this is something we have to look into in the near future.

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