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December 5, 1990

 

                                MINUTES

                          Computer Committee

                 Fourth Floor Burruss Hall Board Room

                           December 5, 1990

                                  3 PM

 

 

  PRESENT:     Don Allison, Joseph Cochran, John Cosgriff,

               Bob Heterick, Gerry McLaughlin, Harlan Miller,

               Joe Kelley (for Mary Miller), Terry Rakes,

               K. B. Rojiani, Richard Sorensen, Jay Stoeckel,

               John Hoernemann (for Ernest Stout),

               J. R. Webster, Mike Williams

 

  ABSENT:      Darrell Bosch, John Burton, David Goodyear,

               Katherine Johnston, Joan McClain-Kark,

               Jeff Wilcke

 

  VISITOR(S):  Ed Fox, Barbara Robinson (Computing Center)

 

 

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

 

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

  meeting.

 

  AGENDA ITEM 2:  COMPUTING CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS (WILLIAMS)

 

  Since general computer usage drops during the Christmas holiday period

  and more closely approximates weekend usage patterns, the Computing Cen-

  ter's accounting system has been modified to allow the Center to charge

  reduced rates during that time. Interactive systems that have charges

  based on time of day (VTVM1, VTVM2 and VTCC1) will charge weekend rates

  from December 22 through January 1.

 

  AGENDA ITEM 3:  SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

 

  1.  Personal Computer Subcommittee (Sorenson)

 

      The subcommittee examined last year's subcommittee report and reaf-

      firmed most of its findings. The subcommittee felt, however, that

      increased User Services' support for personal computers was not an

      important concern for members. The major issue was felt to be con-

      tinued interaction with the bookstore, and another meeting will be

      held December 7 to develop concrete positions in this area. The

      focus is expected to be on modification of processing fees for the

      purchase of computers and increased efforts to negotiate favorable

      pricing on software.

 

  2.  Computer Capacity and Planning Subcommittee (Allison)

 

      The subcommittee reviewed detailed performance statistics and

      trends. They plan to survey the one hundred individuals who are the

      heaviest mainframe users for opinions on current mainframe services,

      asking questions about distributed computing and use of supercomput-

      ers via national networks.

 

  AGENDA ITEM 4:  DISCUSSION OF QUESTIONS FOR PROPOSED VISION STATEMENT

 

  The chairman of the Computer Committee met with the chairmen of the Com-

  munications Resources and Library Committees, Dr. Heterick, and the In-

  formation Systems directors to discuss development of a report detailing

  the committees' views on medium range goals for Information Systems.

  The chairman submitted to the Computer Committee a list of questions

  that grew out of that meeting. Computer Committee members felt it would

  be useful, and an appropriate task for the committee, to develop a rela-

  tively specific plan which could be submitted to University Council and

  serve as a tool for effecting changes which might be desired at the Uni-

  versity level.

 

  In order to promote discussion before the next meeting, an electronic

  mailing list server (LISTSERV) will be created and continued discussion

  of the issue will be the major item on the agenda at the January meet-

  ing.

 

  AGENDA ITEM 5:  ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

  none

 

 

  The next meeting will be held on January 9 at 4 p.m. in conference room

  D in the Information Systems Building. (This is the second Wednesday in

  January, rather than the first. Note also the change in time and lo-

  cation.)

 

  Meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

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