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October 7, 1987

                                 MINUTES

                           Computer Committee

                        Newman Library Board Room

                             October 7, 1987

                                  3 PM

 

 

    PRESENT:     Jim Thomas, Don Allison, Jeff Birch, Sharon Crawford,

                 David Goodyear, Bob Heterick, Bea Mahan (for

                 Katherine Johnston), Harry Kriz, Tom McAnge,

                 Jim Montgomery, Vernon Shanholtz, Al Steiss,

                 Jeff Wilcke, Mike Williams, Michael Leahy,

                 Chris Chenard

 

    ABSENT:      John Burton, Randy Crockett, Ray Dessy, Jim Hicks,

                 Janet Johnson, Dennis Jones, Paul Torgersen

 

    VISITOR(S):  Lore Balkan-Vickers, Rosie Higdon, Sam Hicks,

                 Charles Nunnally, Sandy Birch

 

 

    AGENDA ITEM 1: MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

 

    Motion made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes of the

    June meeting.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 2: ANNUAL REPORT FOR 86/87 (THOMAS)

 

    Dr. Thomas wrote and presented the committee's annual report to

    the University Council.  The Council accepted the report.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 3: V. P. REPORT (BOB HETERICK)

 

 

    o   The University Council received several annual reports.  They

        have asked for the minutes from the Computer Committee's

        meetings and a more comprehensive annual report.

 

    o   The new building in the Corporate Research Center will house

        the Computing Center and Communications Network Services.

        The design/build team for the new building will be selected

        in the next two to three weeks.  The building should be com-

        pleted by late summer 1989.

 

    o   A letter from Dr. Caceci (Vet Med) was distributed.  Dr.

        Caceci is concerned about accessing the library system from

        home.  Dr. Thomas will talk with Erv Blythe to determine

        which committee should address the concerns that Dr. Caceci

        raised.

 

    o   The Digital Switch work is progressing.  However, one of the

        vendors has protested the bid award.  Virginia Tech represen-

        tatives appeared at a hearing of the Appeals Board in

        Richmond.  The outcome looks favorable but it will be a month

        before the Appeals Board makes their recommendation.

 

    o   The PC Auxiliary is being closed.  All student purchases will

        be handled through the Bookstore.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 4: COMPUTING CENTER REPORT (WILLIAMS)

 

    A handout showing comparative usage statistics of the mainframe

    systems this year versus last year was presented.  Several obser-

    vations were made;  most notably it was observed that mainframe

    usage has increased by more than 50% and that scientific usage

    has increased substantially more than this.  The level of com-

    puter expenditures is at about the same level this year as last.

    The rate structure adjustment made on July 1, which was intended

    to induce more effective use of the system, appears to be suc-

    cessful.

 

    The DEC 11/780's, primarily used for undergraduate instruction,

    are in need of replacement.  The maintenance on this equipment is

    disproportionately expensive and there is not enough capacity to

    add new applications.  A DEC 8000 series computer would provide a

    one year warranty, reliability, cost advantages and additional

    capacity.  A model has not been determined, but negotiations are

    underway.

 

    A conversion is being planned to move from reel-to-reel tapes to

    cartridge tapes on the IBM systems.  This will have some impact

    on users, however, it is expected to be minimal.

 

    Several offices within the Computing Center, including Computer

    Accounting, will be moved in October.

 

    The Hillcrest facility will be reduced in size to accommodate one

    of the digital switch nodes.  The node must be located there for

    strategic reasons.  An additional location for a terminal access

    facility is being sought.

 

    Because of capacity and configuration needs, a reorganization of

    the VM nodes may be necessary.  The primary reasons for making

    any changes are:  1.  The CAD/CAM system is out of capacity;

    moreover, the type of applications run on this system are well-

    suited to the IBM 3090.  2.  A proposal from IBM has been re-

    ceived to run some new operating system software of critical

    value to the VPI&SU large-scale-computing community on the 3090

    (VM1).  In order to satisfy capacity and resource needs, a mi-

    gration of some users from one node to another may be necessary.

    A plan is being prepared that will minimize the trauma.  Business

    activities was discussed.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 5: SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

    Graduate and Research Computing Subcommittee Report (Steiss)

 

    The Graduate Commission has established a committee to study the

    issues of graduate student access to computing.  That report will

    be shared with the Computer Committee.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 6: NEW ISSUES FOR CONSIDERATION (THOMAS)

 

 

    o   Statement of principle on Software Copyrights

 

        Postponed until the next meeting.

 

    o   Computer Bulletin Boards

 

        The Committee, in a previous consideration (almost 3 years

        ago), felt that bulletin boards should not be established on

        the university mainframes.  Electrical Engineering is running

        a bulletin board on a PC.  Legal council was involved in es-

        tablishing the bulletin board and procedures are in place to

        determine what should be available.  There are other bulletin

        boards available such as the listserve facility on BITNET.

        The software and capabilities exist for users to establish

        their own bulletin boards.  No action was prescribed;  bulle-

        tin boards established on university facilities are the re-

        sponsibility of the sponsoring unit.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 7: SUBCOMMITTEE STRUCTURE (THOMAS)

 

    Subcommittees are established to look at specific issues.  Cur-

    rently there are four subcommittees.  The committees are:

 

    o   Personal Computer (Nunnally)

 

    o   Graduate and Research Computing (Steiss)

 

    o   Budgeting (Kathye Johnston)

 

    o   Printing (Steve Chapman)

 

    AGENDA ITEM 8: ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

    None

 

 

    If any of the new members are interested in serving on a commit-

    tee, please contact the chairperson.

 

    The next meeting will be held November 4, 3pm in the Library

    boardroom.

 

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