PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COMPUTING CENTER
|McVey Hall, Lexington, Kentucky 40506||Area Code 606 Phone 258-2916|
October, 1972 Vol. 6, Issue 1 ABOUT 'THE REGISTER' The Kentucky Register is the Computing Center newsletter which has been published intermittently in the past. The Center has relied on memos and "Hot News" to notify computer users of policy changes and other information that might affect the user's computing capabilities. ("Hot News" is printed on the second page of the computer printout.) This issue is the first of a monthly newsletter which is designed to extend the user's general knowledge of computing, to provide helpful hints concerning programming techniques and to keep all users abreast of operational and policy changes. The Register is not intended to replace the memo system, but to enhance and broaden its effectiveness. The Computing Center is optimistic that a periodical of this type will promote better communication between the Center and its patrons. Your suggestions CONTENTS and comments are solicited. Material for the newsletter can be submitted to Karen Holder, news- About the Register . . . . . 1 letter editor, and if appropriate, Service Abstract . . . . . . 2 it will be published. 'T' Job Classification . . . 4 Free Batch WATFIV . . . . . 5 If you wish to have your name New Programs and Systems . . 6 added to the permanent mailing list Special User Services . . . 6 to receive The Register monthly, Mailing List . . . . . . . . 8 fill out the form on the last page and return it to the Computing Center. SERVICE ABSTRACT The Computing Center, located in the basement of McVey Hall, is a service organization for all faculty, staff and students of the University of Kentucky. As a centralized facility designed to serve administrative, research and academic computing activities, the Center strives to provide the best possible service within the limitations of available space and funds. Comments, suggestions and criticisms are always welcome. It is the Computing Center's goal to provide quality computing service to meet the present and future needs of the University. FACILITIES The mainframe of the computer system is an IBM 360/65 central processor with 768K bytes of high speed storage and one million bytes of LCS (Low Speed Storage). Additional storage facilities include one 7 track tape unit, five 9 track tape units and two 2314 disk units. A 2540 reader/punch, a 2501 reader and two 1403 printers provide predominate input/output capabilities. Interactive terminals are available and include five 2741 terminals in McVey Hall. The operating system is OS/MVT with HASP - a program designed to promote optimum system throughput by efficiently handling most input/ output and job scheduling. Multiple jobs are processed concurrently depending on the core and other resources requirements. PROJECT ACCOUNTING Before an individual can use the facilities of the Computing Center, he or she must obtain a project number. This number is important not only because it gives the user access to computing services, but because it enables the Computing Center to analyze and report computer usage. To apply for a project number, a user completes from CC.1 which is available in Room 72, McVey Hall. Each project must apply for a separate number. Project number assignments are forwarded to prospective users by mail. Computing services will be paid for from one of two sources: either fund expenditures (normally paid from a University of Kentucky account) or "computing dollars" (amounts allocated by each vice- president for Computing Center services). A monthly utilization report is sent to each project holder; it includes a complete listing of services provided and rates charged. CLOSED SHOP All batch jobs are run closed shop on the 360/65. The user submits programs with the necessary Job Control Language to the data clerk at the Data Center in McVey Hall. The jobs will be run and results can be picked up later. Turnaround time is a variable dependent on the type and size of the job and the time of day submitted. The Computing Center staff continually strives to minimize turnaround time. HOURS OF OPERATION The Computing Center offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff members are available for appointments during these hours. The IBM 360/65 is in operation seven days a week including University holidays. The Data Center is open to receive and return jobs from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. Conversational terminals are normally operational from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, conversational terminals are often available from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. Brief interruptions in service may be experienced after 6:00 p.m. due to testing of systems programs and maintenance requirements. If it becomes necessary to temporarily alter the schedule of operation, notices will be posted in advance throughout the Computing Center and in "Hot News". Preventative maintenance is performed on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. IBM personnel repair and diagnose problems during this period. It is occasionally necessary to extend preventative operations beyond the 8:00 a.m. schedule. Preventative maintenance is necessary to provide continuous computing service and prevent inconvenient delays due to equipment failure. CONSULTING To assist users in the preparation and running of programs, the Computing Center provides consulting services in Room 76 of McVey Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Because of the large number of users, the consultants cannot spend large amounts of time with any one person; if problems or questions do require more than a few minutes, the consultant will refer the user to another member of the staff or schedule an appointment for another time. The consulting service includes the following general areas of assistance: a) Job Control Language - coding and checking of control cards b) error message interpretation - explanation of error codes generated during the running of a program c) specific problem solution - advice concerning programs available to solve specific problems d) conversion - advice concerning conversion of programs written for other computers e) numerical and statistical aid - advice concerning the most efficient way to handle a problem involving numerical or statistical methods f) debugging assistance - debugging short programs for outstand- ing errors in logic or coding. The consultants cannot be expected to analyze program logic or provide programming services. KEYPUNCHING Keypunch machines are available to users on a first-come first- served basis in McVey Hall. A staff of keypunch operators is also available to provide keypunching and verifying services. The keypunch supervisor in Room 64 may be consulted for cost estimates and approximate turnaround schedules. This service can be charged to the user's project number. Keyverifying is available at a lower priority than keypunching. NEW PROGRAMS AND SYSTEMS For the benefit of new and returning faculty members, staff and students, a list of new programs which have been implemented at the Computing Center since last May is printed below. A brief description of each system is included; more detailed information may be obtained in the consulting room. AUTOFLOW AUTOFLOW is a flowcharting program which produces two- dimensional flowcharts of FORTRAN or COBOL source programs. CALL/OS An improved version (version 2) of the CALL/360 time-sharing system has been implemented. PCAP Princeton Electrical Circuit Analysis - this new system should be used instead of the old ECAP program. SAS Statistical Analysis System - SAS was obtained from North Carolina and has been updated to include some new procedures. SIMSCRIPT SIMSCRIPT II.5, a faster version of SIMSCRIPT II has been implemented. SPITBOL SPITBOL is a faster version of the SNOBOL4 compiler. It has the ability to produce object decks which will run without recompilation. SPSS Statistical Package for Social Sciences. SPSS has been updated and includes some new routines. SPSSG Statistical Package for Social Sciences. SPSSG is a smaller version of SPSS that uses less than 134K and can be used for jobs which do not require the full capabilities of the larger SPSS. SPECIAL USER SERVICES The Research and Development Group at the Computing Center is concerned with bridging the communication gap between the computer user and the computer professional. Faculty, staff and students may be interested in the following special services that are coordinated through this group. User's guides, program documentation and general information hand- outs are available at the consulting room. User consultation, explained previously herein, is also provided. The Computing Center maintains a large library of programs and is continuously expanding this library. Individual assistance is available to help the used utilize these programs and systems. Special appointments can be made at the consulting room. Staff members are available to meet with user groups to explain a specific topic related to use of the Computing Center. For example, course instructors can arrange for an explanation of Job Control Language for a class; or a department may arrange for a lecture on Computing Center services. For more information or to arrange an appointment, contact Mrs. Lavine Thrailkill at 8-2916.