Computing Futures at SLAC

SLAC 11 Apr 1995

Following are documents on computing "futures" related to SLAC. The first section treats files at SLAC; the second, pointers to other information at SLAC; and the third, sources of useful information elsewhere.

As we move into the future, new files will appear here and old ones, disappear.

Files at SLAC

The name on the left is the file name at SLAC, which is in the /usr/local/doc subdirectory* indicated by the section title, e.g., futures. This page will change as we continue reorganizing /usr/local/doc space. Some file names will change.


Work to flesh out the model of future computing at SLAC:
Final report of the Mac Pilot Committee and supporting documents (April, 1995). Select this copy to see an HTML version of the report only or if you are not at SLAC.*
Final report of the VM Phase-Out Committee identifying services that must be developed to replace essential VM functionality (October, 1994). Or view, e.g., on VM, the plain text* version.*
List of the computing futures committees at SLAC as of April, 1994, with their members and charges. See also the chart* of their relationships.*
Viewgraphs from Les Cottrell's presentation to the Key Managers, April 12, 1994, "SLAC Desktop User Workstations," including a status report on the survey of users with character-mode terminals.

Reports from and presentations to the SLAC Computer Advisory Committee (SCAC), also known as the "Butler Committee" or the [SLAC] Visiting Computer Advisory Committee, whose charge is to advise on SLAC's near and medium-term computing needs:

"Report of the SLAC Computer Advisory Committee" (December, 1993).*
"Plans for Running Down VM," Les Cottrell (October 11, 1993).*
"Minimum Support Levels for VMS," Charles Granieri (October, 1993).*
"SLAC Network Strategy," Les Cottrell (October 8, 1993).*
"Following Computer Trends," Les Cottrell (October, 1993).
"Report of the SLAC Computer Advisory Committee" (August, 1993).

You may also find the following newsgroups with commentary on the reports interesting: slac.scac.dec93 and slac.scac.aug93.

Another report:*
"Future Computing at SLAC," The Ad Hoc Committee on Future Computing at SLAC (27 March 1992).

Other Information at SLAC

You may also find the following information on HEP computing useful: European-computing-Dec1993. (To print a copy, get the Postscript version.)

See also: the general Introduction to Computing SLACwide.

Press here to go to the SLAC Home Page.

Information Sources Elsewhere

Here're some other sources of useful information. The name on the left is a name the information is known by.

Initial documents on the US government's National Information Infrastructure. See the government's NII and Merit's NREN GopherSpaces for current activities.
Gore-Billington Conference
"Delivering Electronic Information in a Knowledge-Based Democracy" at the Library of Congress, July 14, 1993.
Home page of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC). Includes the FY 1996 Blue Book on "... Foundation for America's Information Future."

* Access to all files in the /usr/local/doc subdirectory is restricted to SLAC users.

Winters, Ilse