The Kentucky Register

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
                              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
       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.
       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.
       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.
       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.
       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
       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.
       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
   SPITBOL  SPITBOL  is a faster version of the SNOBOL4 compiler.  It has
            the ability to produce object decks which  will  run  without
   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
                         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.

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