Finding Aid to Fermilab Computing Division Publications, 1973-1996



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Creator: Fermilab. Computing Division
Title: Fermilab Computing Division Publications
Dates: 1973-1996
Size: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Materials in collection: Newsletters, manuals, and guides
Abstract: Publications, including newsletters, manuals, and other guides, produced by the Fermilab Computing Division and its predecessors.
Identification number: 2012.004
Location: The collection is housed in the History and Archives Project House on the Fermilab site.
Language: English

Chronology

1972: NAL Computer Department established with Al Brenner as its head.

1974: NAL Computer Department renamed Fermilab Computing Department.

1984: Hugh Montgomery becomes head of the department.

1987: Jeff Appel becomes head of the department.

1989: The Fermilab Computing Department, the ACP (Advanced Computer Program) group, and some personnel from other departments in the Research Division merge to create the new Computing Division, which is headed by Thomas Nash.

1998: Matthias Kasemann becomes head of the division.

2002: Victoria White becomes head of the division.

2011: The Computing Division becomes the Computing Sector, which includes the Scientific Computing Division and the Core Computing Division.


Scope and Content

The publications include newsletters, policies, manuals, guides, reports, and histories produced by Fermilab Computing.


Arrangement

SERIES I: COMPUTING NEWSLETTERS. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES II: OFFICE COMPUTING NEWSLETTERS. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES III: POLICIES. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES IV: MANUALS AND GUIDES. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES V: REPORTS. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES VI: MISCELLANEOUS. Arranged chronologically.


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Related Material

Computing Bits (Fermilab Computing Sector newsletter; archives available back to 2007 [newsletter titled "CD Tracks" prior to 2011])

Fermilab Computing Timeline Spiral (PDF) created for the Supercomputing 2007 Conference

David Ritchie Papers (2012.002). Fermilab History and Archives Project, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL


Controlled Access Terms

This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:

Computers
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Computing Department
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Computing Division
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Computing Sector
National Accelerator Laboratory. Computer Department


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item title or description]. Fermilab. Computing Division. Publications (2012.004: Box [Box number], Folder [Folder number]). Fermilab History and Archives Project, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by David Ritchie in 2011 and 2012.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Valerie Higgins from 2012 September to October.


Box List

SERIES I: COMPUTING NEWSLETTERS Dates Items
Contains Fermilab computing newsletters. Published under the titles "NAL Computer Group Newsletter," "NAL Computer Department Newsletter," "Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter," "Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter," and "Computing News."
Missing three to four issues from 1975 November through 1976 June, possibly missing issues from 1978 August through 1979 April, missing issues from 1982 January through December, possibly missing issues from 1983 March through 1984 February, possibly missing issues from 1993 November through 1994 May.
Arranged chronologically.
    Volume I, 1973
box   1 folder   1 NAL Computer Group Newsletter, Volume I, Number 1 1973 November 1
    Volume II, 1974
box   1 folder   1 NAL Computer Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 1 1974 January 1
box   1 folder   1 NAL Computer Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 2 1974 February 1
box   1 folder   1 NAL Computer Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 3 1974 March-April 1
box   1 folder   1 NAL Computer Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 4 1974 May 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 5 1974, June-July 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 6 1974 August 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 7 1974 September 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 8 1974 October-November 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume II, Number 9 1974 December 1
    Volume III, 1975
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume III, Number 1 1975 January 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume III, Number 2 1975 February 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume III, Number 3 1975 March-April 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume III, Number 4 1975 May-June 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume III, Number 4 [sic; actually Number 5] 1975 July-August 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume III, Number 6 1975 September-October 1
    Volume IV, 1976
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IV, Number 4 1976 July-August 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IV, Number 5 1976 September-October 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IV, Number 6 1976 November-December 1
    Volume V, 1977
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume V, Number 1 1977 January-February 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume V, Number 2 1977 March-April 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume V, Number 3 1977 May-June 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume V, Number 4 1977 July-August 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume V, Number 5 1977 September-October 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume V, Number 6 1977 November-December 1
    Volume VI, 1978
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VI, Number 1 1978 January-February 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VI, Number 2 1978 March-April 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VI, Number 3 1978 July 1
    Volume VII, 1979
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VII, Number 1 1979 May-June 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VII, Number 2 1979 September-October 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VII, Number 3 1979 December 1
    Volume VIII, 1980
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VIII, Number 1 1980 March-April 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VIII, Number 2 1980 May-June 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VIII, Number 3 1980 July-August 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume VIII, Number 4 1980 September-October 1
    Volume IX, 1981
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IX, Number 1 1981 January-February 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IX, Number 2 1981 March-April 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IX, Number 3 1981 July-August 1
box   1 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume IX, Number 4 1981 November-December 1
    Volume XI, 1983
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XI, Number 1 1983 January-February 1
    Volume XII, 1984
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XII, Number 1 1984 March-April 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XII, Number 1 errata 1984 April 25 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XII, Number 2 1984 July-August 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XII, Number 3 1984 September-October 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XII, Number 4 1984 November-December 1
    Volume XIII, 1985
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIII, Number 1 1985 March-April 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIII, Number 2 1985 May-June 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIII, Number 3 1985 July-August 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIII, Number 4 1985 September-October 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIII, Number 5 1985 November-December 1
    Volume XIV, 1986
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIV, Number 1 1986 January-February 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIV, Number 2 1986 March-April 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIV, Number 3 1986 May-June 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIV, Number 4 1986 July-August 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIV, Number 5 1986 September-October 1
box   2 folder   1 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XIV, Number 6 1986 November-December 1
    Volume XV, 1987
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XV, Number 1 1987 January-February 1
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XV, Number 2 1987 March-April 1
box   2 folder   2 "PRINTIT" supplement 1987 March 6 1
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XV, Number 3 1987 May-June 1
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XV, Number 4 1987 July-August 1
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XV, Number 5 1987 September-October 1
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XV, Number 6 1987 November-December 1
    Volume XVI, 1988
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 1 1988 January-February 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 2 1988 February-March 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 3 1988 April-May 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 4 1988 May-June 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 5 1988 July-August 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 6 1988 August-September 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 7 1988 October-November 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 8 1988 November-December 1
    Volume XVII, 1989
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 1 1989 January-February 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 2 1989 February-March 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 3 [draft] 1989 April-May 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 3 1989 April-May 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 4 1989 May-June 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 5 1989 July-August 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Department Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 6 1989 August-September 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 7 1989 October-November 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVII, Number 8 1989 November-December 1
    Volume XVIII, 1990
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 1 1990 January-February 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 2 1990 February-March 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 3 1990 April-May 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 4 1990 May-June 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 5 1990 July-August 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 6 1990 August-September 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 7 1990 October-November 1
box   1 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XVIII, Number 8 1990 November-December 2
    Volume XIX, 1991
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 1 1991 January-March 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 2 1991 April-May 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 3 1991 May-June 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 4 1991 July-August 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 5 1991 August-September 1
box   2 folder   2 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 6 1991 October-November 1
    Volume XX, 1991-1992
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XX, Number 1 1991 December-1992 February 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XX, Number 2 1992 February-March 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XX, Number 3 1992 April-June 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XX, Number 4 1992 July-August 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XX, Number 5 1992 September-October 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XX, Number 6 1992 November-December 1
    Volume XXI, 1993
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume NLXXI [Volume XXI], Number 1 1993 January-February 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XXI, Number 2, with accompanying supplement 1993 February-March 2
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XXI, Number 3 1993 April-May 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XXI, Number 4 1993 June-July 1
box   1 folder   3 Fermilab Computing Division Newsletter, Volume XXI, Number 5 1993 August-October 1
    Volume XXII, 1994
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXII, Number 1 1994 June 1
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXII, Number 2 1994 August 1
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXII, Number 3 1994 November 1
    Volume XXIII, 1995
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXIII, Number 1 1995 February 1
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXIII, Number 2 1995 May 1
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXIII, Number 3 1995 September 1
box   2 folder   2 Computing News, Volume XXIII, Number 4 1995 December 1
    Volume XXIV, 1996
box   1 folder   3 Computing News, Volume XXIV, Number 1 1996 April 1
    Miscellaneous
box   1 folder   3 Pages 31 to 33 from unidentified Fermilab Computing Department newsletter c. 1974-1989 3
SERIES II: OFFICE COMPUTING NEWSLETTERS Dates Items
Contains issues of the "Office Computing Newsletter," a "newsletter written for the non-programmer who needs to work with computers for their data processing and word processing."
Arranged chronologically.
    Volume 1, 1986
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 1 1986 June-July 1
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2 1986 November-December 1
    Volume 2, 1987
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 1 1987 February-March 1
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 2 1987 April-May 1
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 3 1987 June-September 1
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 4 1987 October-November 1
    Volume 3, 1988
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 1 1988 February-March 1
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 2 1988 April-June 1
    Volume 4, 1989
box   2 folder   3 Office Computing Newsletter, Volume 4, Number 1 1989 July-August 1
SERIES III: POLICIES Dates Items
Contains policies written by or governing Fermilab Computing.
Arranged chronologically.
box   2 folder   4 "Fermilab Computing Division Policy on Digital's Alpha (AXP) Systems" (edited by Joseph Stith, approved by Thomas Nash) 1992 December 21 1
box   2 folder   4 "Fermilab Policy: Publishing and Accessing Information on Electronic Networks" 1995 June 16 1
SERIES IV: MANUALS AND GUIDES Dates Items
Contains manuals, users guides, and guidelines written by Fermilab Computing.
Arranged chronologically.
box   1 folder   4 "Guide to Using the Document Database - DOCDB" by Penelope Constanta-Fanourakis, Data Acquisition Software Group of the Fermilab Computing Department 1988 March 29 1
box   1 folder   5 "Fermilab Central Computing Facility VAX Cluster User's Guide" by Lauri Loebel, Applications Group; written May 1987, revised December 1988 1988 December 1
box   1 folder   4 "Read This! Or, What I Did In My Free Time" ["notes meant to help the people who take over my former USG responsibilities"] by L. Loebel 1989 September 1
box   1 folder   6 "Understanding and Using Computer Networks" (Second edition) by Uday Pabrai, Cary Dowat, and Janet Carlson of Fermilab 1991 July 1
box   2 folder   8 "Canopy 5.0" by George Hockney, Paul Mackenzie, and Mark Fischler 1992 February 1
box   1 folder   4 "Consultants' Guide to Computing Division Supported WWW Servers" by Janet Weber and Jonathon Streets, with annotations 1992 October 2
box   1 folder   4 "Guidelines to Selecting a CAD Software Package" by CAD Tools Committee 1993 February 1
box   1 folder   4 "DCD Release Note 28.0: FNAL Mail Server/Gateway User Guide" by Tim Doody 1993 October 19 1
box   1 folder   4 "Fermilab UNIX Summary Card" undated 1
SERIES V: REPORTS Dates Items
Contains significant reports pertaining to Fermilab computing.
Arranged chronologically.
box   2 folder   9 "Report of the Study Group on an ANL-NAL Computer Facility" by the Atomic Energy Commission 1970 August 1
box   2 folder   5 "Future Computing Needs for Fermilab: Report of the Ballam Committee" 1983 December 1
box   2 folder   5 "Computer Control of Large Accelerators: Design Concepts and Methods" 1984 May 1
box   2 folder   5 Draft of "FNAL Cluster Acquisition History" by David J. Ritchie, Steve Kalisz, and Keith Chadwick 1988 January 11 1
box   2 folder   6 "Computing Division: Joint Offline-Model of Computing Strategy Meetings Towards an FY91 Model/Plan. Wednesday April 26, 1990-Thursday June 7, 1990" 1990 April-June 1
SERIES VI: MISCELLANEOUS Dates Items
Contains histories written by Fermilab Computing.
Arranged chronologically.
box   2 folder   7 Photocopy of "Computing at Fermilab, the First 14 Years: A Photographic Retrospective" book by G. Bellendir, C. Canada, S. Dolosic, J. Ingebretsen, E. Kubaitis, J. Nicholls, and D. Ritchie 1984 October 1