Microservices development to production suspended: Spectre & Meltdown

CR developers are advised that effective today all microservices developments to production are suspended. This suspension is planned from today to 31.3.2018 when a decision will be taken on mitigation maturity. We apologise to development streams who may be impacted. AlphaLab and BetaLab work is unaffected but systems scheduled for production will be delayed for the foreseeable period in Q1 2018.

This suspension action is to mitigate Spectre & Meltdown risks to CR production 'systems'. SPARC based grid systems are being reviewed as a special case.

A decade of the Collaborative Research Foundation

Today marks a decade of the Collaborative Research Foundation set up by Gordon Jeffrey in December 2007.

We wish to thank those around the Earth who have contributed knowledge so far and remember those who have passed on from our planet but left us with their unique input and insight and those who we are no longer in touch with who helped us along the way.

A person of note we remember today is Mr Jonathan Eccles for his work with us on Computer Abstraction prior to his passing.

CRF Technology

We have never said much about the technology we use. Here is a short digest to answer that call. We don't cover much about our invisible technology here though (meaning software development methods).

We can say we use a wide range of open source and COTS software to develop and maintain our systems and many common programming languages including Prolog. Some of our code dates back to 1998!

What Technology does the CRF use?

Collaborative Research Avian Programme

A new Drupal site for the Collaborative Research Avian Programme will be active at the end of April 2017. The programme has a number of programming projects where there may be interest in collaborations for data science aspects and geoscience aspects.

Normal Non-Disclosure CRF/CRI requirements will be waived for the Avian Programme.

Collaborative Intelligence at the CRF/CRI

Collaborative Intelligence, Developing AI , Enhancing human ability

Collaborative Intelligence is a group of narrow artificial intelligence software entities owned and operated by Gordon Jeffrey in the UK and EU to work with human partners and assist in aspects of complex analysis and prediction. The mission of Collaborative Intelligence is accuracy.

Collaborative Intelligence is an operational division of the Collaborative Research Institute based in the UK and Europe. The division is part of our AI development research to enhance human ability.

Collaborative Research Institute

The Collaborative Research Institute (CRI) is a private organisation with private IT facilities for technology research and development. The Institute is a not-for-profit organisation.

The Collaborative Research Institute (CRI) maintains private knowledgebases based on research that are used by stream leads to guide our programmes.

The Collaborative Research Institute exists to promote progress in computing and is privately funded. We are grateful to collaborators who contribute knowledge to the Collaborative Research Institute.

Collaborative Research AeroSpace

Collaborative Research AeroSpace is an operational research stream established in 2015. The stream utilises the CRF/CRI compute facilities and robotics.

Any CRF/CRI programmes involving AeroSpace, analytics and robotics should contact Lucienne Crown at the Institute (lucienne.crown@crinstitute.org.uk) for details of how to integrate into the stream.

Collaborative Research Geoscience

Collaborative Research Geoscience is an operational research stream established in 2015. The stream utilises the CRF/CRI compute facilities and robotics.

External stream home is www.collaborativedatascience.org.uk.

Any CRF/CRI programmes using GIS, analytics and robotics should contact inga.crown@crinstitute.org.uk for details of how to integrate into the stream.


Collaborative Research has an outreach system called LabNet (www.labnet.org.uk) that is used to provide a day to day working environment for programme collaboration.

The CRF Virtual Research Centre (VRC) has a focus on on computer research in the commercial technology sector.

The CRF Open Research Center (ORC) has a focus on computer research in the Open Source world .

The CRF Technology Research Centre (TRC) has a focus on computer research for the Financial Services Industry.

Collaborative Research programmes - downtime of services

Collaborative Research sometimes has downtime for internet based Research, Development and Laboratory services.

There are always reasons for this including:

1) SMART UPDATES to technology, for example software patching, requiring a small period of service interruption. This can affect a small part or all of the Collaborative Research facilities in the UK centres, or worldwide.


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