We got a big mention on an article on Fast Company a business news magazine and blog. The article is about how hackerspaces are doing good things for the world. They feature the Tokyo hackerspace’s endeavour to help keep people safe after the earthquake and nuclear meltdown along with our Project Byzantium which aims to provide network connectivity in the event the traditional infrastructure goes down.
Next Friday (April 29) is the first day of Byzantium Sprint 3. We will be meeting at 8pm to plan our tests, inventory our supplies, and get everyone up and running with Babel. On Saturday we will meet at noon, have a quick lecture on mesh networking, and then test like crazy until dinner time when we will all go out for dinner and return to have a quick lessons learned. On Sunday (May 1) we will meet at noon have a quick discussion to fill everyone in on what each other did on Saturday and continue with the tests until dinner time when we will go out for dinner and then return for a discussion to wrap up.
It is really super important that we get as many people as we can to come to this sprint for at least 2 of the test we want to do. If you come please bring as many machines with WiFi NICs as you can muster. 802.11b/g/n are all great. Also bring a USB drive or several if you can that you wouldn’t mind being wiped as if we have difficulty working with your preferred OS/distro we will make you a persistent liveUSB that you can use for testing purposes and we’ll figure out how to get things working on your favorite environment during down time.
The tests we need the high body/node count for are the tests that involve pushing the limits of the number of nodes that can sustainable coexist on a network given certain conditions.
Lastly WE HAS GUI there is a developmental webui with a visualization of the network for Babel.
http://babelweb.kerneis.info/ (the developer’s demo page)
This will be projected on the screen in the main room and I’m going to try to get it so people who can’t come but want to follow what’s going on can see it on the internet.
The Project Byzantium Sprint 3 Topic has been chosen! We will revisit Sprint 1 in order to gather metrics and “stress test” the mesh protocol(s) at the end of this month (29th-1st).
Hit up the wiki page and/or the mailing list (byzantium[at]hacdc.org) and add info and share your thoughts.