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February 1, 1989

                                    MINUTES

                              Computer Committee

                     Fourth Floor Burruss Hall Board Room

                               February 1, 1989

                                     3 PM

 

 

       PRESENT:     Jim Thomas, Donald Allison, John Burton, David

                    Goodyear, Katherine Johnston, Harry Kriz, Fred

                    Medley, Harlan Miller, Jim Montgomery, Richard

                    Sorensen, Ernest Stout, Jeff Wilcke, Michael Williams

 

       ABSENT:      Jeff Birch, Jeanette Cardamone, Randy Crockett, Bob

                    Heterick, Jim Hicks, Dennis Jones, Tom McAnge, Jeff

                    Nelson, Vernon Shanholtz, Patrick Shelor

 

       VISITOR(S):  Dennis Catley, Institutional Research

                    Rosie Higdon, Computing Center

                    C. E. Nunnally, College of Engineering

                    Bill Sanders, Computing Center.

                    Dave Waller (for Patrick Shelor), Student Government

 

 

       AGENDA ITEM 1: MINUTES OF THE JANUARY, 1989 MEETING

 

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

       January meeting.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 2:  COMPUTING CENTER REPORT (WILLIAMS)

 

       The newsletter, "On The Move", is out.  The newsletter addresses

       issues relating to the the Computing Center moving to the Corpo-

       rate Research Park.  There have been some questions about the

       terminals that will be supported when the Computing Center moves,

       but no major problems have been reported.

 

       The date of the move is tentatively scheduled to be July 14,

       1989.  (Since this meeting, the date has been adjusted to July

       21, 1989.)  It may take as many as five days for the move to be

       completed.  The date is during the summer session, but was con-

       sidered to be much preferable to the original August date due to

       many conflicts.  The move does depend on the completion of the

       building and the power substation but at this point everything is

       on schedule.

 

       There is some anxiety over the effects of moving printing ser-

       vices off campus.  An analogy was drawn with current services to

       Hutcheson.  Depending on the final configuration of output dis-

       tribution points, the cycle time of delivery runs is expected to

       be 60 to 90 minutes during the day.  Discussions have been held

       with various groups in the surrounding buildings for providing

       space for additional output boxes.  There is some space in

       McBryde for output boxes but not enough to service that side of

       campus.  The combination output boxes currently in Burruss will

       probably remain.  It is currently expected that the output boxes

       in Burruss will not be manned.  This implies that a procedure

       will be established for picking up output too large for the box.

 

       All printers in the machine room are moving to the CRC.  The

       forms printer is included in the move.  A question was raised

       about how to handle the printing of checks on a daily basis.  The

       recommendation is that the group or groups involved would be

       well-advised to install a printer within their own offices.

 

       Currently about 80% of the operations staff is committed to han-

       dling output.

       The upgrade for the IBM 3090 is scheduled for March 12, 1989.

       Fourteen hours of downtime are expected.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 3:  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

       COMPUTER CAPACITY AND PLANNING

 

       The committee studied the statistical data about computer usage

       for VM1 (3090), VM2 and MVS (3084), VM3 (CADCAM), and the VAX

       systems.  The IBM 3090 upgrade is being installed to alleviate

       current saturation problems.  To address the saturation problem

       of the CADCAM system, it is possible that this system may be

       moved to the IBM 3084.  The subcommittee estimates that the next

       saturation point for VM1 will be during or before June, 1990.

       The subcommittee will be addressing where we go from here and

       what can be done in the longer term.

 

       USER SERVICES

 

       The committee is developing two reports.  The first report ad-

       dresses the self-study issues.  The self-study report will in-

       clude a statement as to whether the issue can be addressed in its

       current form, and will prioritize what needs to be done.

 

       The second report from the subcommittee will address user ser-

       vices activities, current and future.

 

       AGENDA ITEM 4:  ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

       None

 

 

 

       The next committee meeting is scheduled for March 1, 1989 at 3

       p.m. in Burruss 400.

 

       The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

 

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