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April 4, 1990

                                 MINUTES

                           COMPUTER COMMITTEE

                  FOURTH FLOOR BURRUSS HALL BOARD ROOM

                              APRIL 4, 1990

                                  3 PM

 

 

    PRESENT:     Don Allison, Jeff Birch, John Burton, John Cosgriff,

                 David Goodyear, Fred Medley, Harlan Miller,

                 Jim Montgomery, Richard Sorensen, Jim Thomas, Jeff Wilcke,

                 Mike Williams

 

    ABSENT:      Jim Baranowski, Darrell Bosch, Bob Heterick, Jim Hicks,

                 Katherine Johnston, Dennis Jones, Tom McAnge,

                 Joan McClain-Kark, Ernie Stout, Barbara Young

 

    VISITOR(S):  Barbara Robinson and Bill Sanders (Computing Center)

                 Dennis Catley (Institutional Research)

 

 

    AGENDA ITEM 1:  MINUTES OF THE MARCH 7, 1990 MEETING

 

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

    March meeting.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 2:  COMPUTING CENTER REPORT (WILLIAMS)

 

    With the bleak budgetary picture, funding for a system upgrade in

    1990-92 is felt to be improbable.  The Computing Center has redi-

    rected some of its resources to the purchase of additional mem-

    ory, therefore, to try to postpone the problems associated with

    saturation of the mainframe systems.  Purchase of additional cen-

    tral memory for the 3084 and possibly extended memory for the

    3090 will decrease paging, the area of greatest concern.

 

    The Computing Center Computer Purchasing office has been in oper-

    ation for six months, and is running smoothly.  The small but

    highly motivated staff handled 33% of the total University requi-

    sitions in the first quarter of this year.  In the past two

    months, 2/3 of all requisitions not requiring sealed bids and 90%

    of contract items have had purchase orders written within a week.

    (Sealed bids, by law, have a waiting period of 21 days.)  Betty

    Hillis, Computer Purchasing's buyer, was this year's recipient of

    the MSL Responsiveness Award.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 3:  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

    1.  Computer Capacity and Planning Subcommittee (Allison)

 

        The subcommittee submitted its report describing mainframe

        computer usage.  VM1 is not quite saturated, VM2 has some

        spare capacity, while MVS is saturated.

 

        In the discussion it was pointed out that University budget-

        ary managers use the SMART dollar system to handle the allo-

        cation of mainframe computer resources.  Imbalances that

        occurred several years ago have been corrected and dollars in

        the system are now roughly comparable to the capacity avail-

        able.  The SMART dollar system will continue to effectively

        allocate resources even as the systems reach saturation.

 

    2.  Personal Computer Subcommittee (Sorenson)

 

        The subcommittee submitted its recommendations concerning PC

        purchases, laboratories, software and oversight.

 

        Several of the recommendations relate to the bookstore's

        pricing policies for hardware and software.  In the dis-

        cussion, it was decided that the committee chairman would ar-

        range to deliver those recommendations to the bookstore's

        board of directors.

 

        Recommendations on Computing Center support of PC's will be

        referred to the User Services Subcommittee for further exam-

        ination next year, while the suggestion to provide laser

        printing will be explored further by the PC subcommittee.

 

        The Personal Computer Subcommittee's recommendations were ac-

        cepted by the Computer Committee as recommended policy.

 

    AGENDA ITEM 4:  ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

    none

 

 

    The chairman will develop subcommittee charges for the next year

    and prepare the yearly report to the University Council.  His

    term as chairman ends this summer, however, and the committee

    will be operating under a new chairman, to be announced, next

    year.

 

    The next meeting will be held on September 5 at 3 p.m. in Burruss

    400.

 

    Meeting adjourned at 3:54 p.m.

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