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Finding Aid to the David Ritchie Papers, 1962-2011 (bulk 1971-2011)



Repository: Fermilab History and Archives Project
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Creator: David Ritchie (1944-)
Title: David Ritchie Papers
Dates: 1962-2011
Bulk dates: 1971-2011
Size: 6.25 linear feet (4 records cartons, 3 document cases) and 2 rolls
Materials in collection: Address books, calendars, CDs, correspondence, floppy disks, log books, minutes, notes, photographs, posters, presentation slides, published material, reports
Abstract: David Ritchie worked in Fermilab Computing from 1971 until 2011.
Identification number: 2012.002
Location: Portions of the collection are housed in the History and Archives Project House on the Fermilab site and portions are housed offsite.
Language: English

Biographical Note

David J. Ritchie was born on November 20, 1944 in Wichita, Kansas to Mary Louise Parker Ritchie and Robert Bowland Ritchie. He had one brother, Robert.1 He received his B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1966, his MS in Physics from Cornell University, and his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 1971.2 His PhD advisor was Eugene C. Loh and his thesis was titled "Measurement of the Differential Cross Section for the Photoproduction of Eta Mesons at 4 and 8 GeV and Momentum Transfers from -0.3 to -0.8 (GeV/c)2."3

Ritchie was hired as a "Programmer II" by Fermilab in September of 1971. During his time at Fermilab, Ritchie was involved in many aspects of Fermilab computing. He made particularly significant contributions to MULTI, a data analysis program developed by J. Frederick Bartlett at CalTech, by creating documentation for the program and interfacing it with various data acquisition systems. In 1988, Ritchie was leader of the DEC Systems group within Central Facility Operations of the Computing Department. Between 1989 and 1990, Ritchie was part of Distributed Computing and served as DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) Systems group leader, Distributed Software group leader, and a member of the Special Projects group. In late 1990, Ritchie became part of the Headquarters Staff where he was part of Applications and M.I.S. Projects. In 1990, Ritchie was also reclassified as a physicist. Ritchie became Fermilab's first webmaster in 1994. In 1993 or 1994, Ritchie became head of the Databases and Information Department and remained in this position until 1997 or 1998, when this department was dissolved and he became part of Online and Database Systems. In 2002, he became part of D0 Computing and Analysis. Afterwards, he served as part of the Facilities Group and later the Communications and Outreach Group.1

Ritchie retired in October 2011.4

References

1. Interview with David Ritchie, 2012 October 4.

2. "HEPNames Profile: David J. Ritchie." INSPIRE. Retrieved 15 October 2012.

3. Resumes. Fermilab Computing David Ritchie Papers (2012.002: Box 1, Folder 1). Fermilab History and Archives Project, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL

4. Teckenbrock, Marcia. "David Ritchie retires after 40 years at Fermilab."Fermilab Today. Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Retrieved 2012 October 15 from http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive_2011/today11-10-05_DavidRitchieReadMore.html

Fermilab Computing 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 papers primarily consist of material related to Ritchie's work in Fermilab Computing. About two thirds of the collection consists of Ritchie's calendars (1976-1992) and logbooks (1990-2008). Also included are Ritchie's resume, Computing Division organizational charts and phone lists (1994-1995), correspondence regarding a variety of subjects related to Fermilab computing, some writings by Ritchie, slides of talks given by Ritchie, materials related to Ritchie's work on committees and groups at Fermilab, materials related to scientific computing at Fermilab, materials related to administrative computing at Fermilab, materials related to the development of the Fermilab website, materials related to computing facilities and infrastructure at Fermilab, materials related to the CHEP '95 Conference (including photographs) and the Fermilab booth at the Supercomputing Conference (2007-2011), and miscellaneous slides from talks and documents collected by Ritchie related to computing in high energy physics.


Arrangement

SERIES I: BIOGRAPHICAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES II: ADDRESS BOOKS AND CALENDARS. Organized into the following subseries: Address books, Calendars.

SERIES III: LOG BOOKS. Organized into the following subseries: Set 1 (unnumbered, 1990 - 1997), Set 2 (numbered, 1997 - 2000), Set 3 (unnumbered, 2000 - 2001), Set 4 (numbered, 2000 - 2003), Set 5 (numbered, 2002 - 2004), Set 6 (unnumbered, 2003 - 2008), Unnumbered and undated.

SERIES IV: CORRESPONDENCE. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES V: WRITINGS BY RITCHIE. Organized into the following subseries: Published writings, Fermilab technical publications and miscellaneous.

SERIES VI: TALKS BY RITCHIE. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES VII: COMMITTEES AND GROUPS. Organized into the following subseries: Committee on 32 Bits, Internal Assessment Group, Communications and Outreach Group.

SERIES VIII: SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING. Organized into the following subseries: Experiments, MULTI, Online Computing, Open Science Grid, Miscellaneous.

SERIES IX: ADMINISTRATIVE COMPUTING. Organized into the following subseries: Matrix, MISCOMP, Miscellaneous.

SERIES X: FERMILAB WEBSITE. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES XI: COMPUTING FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE. Organized into the following subseries: Central Computing Upgrade Project, Grid Computing Center, Critical facilities monitoring system (SiteScan Web), Temperature monitoring and control (Sensatronics and ANSYS), Miscellaneous.

SERIES XII: CONFERENCES. Organized into the following subseries: CHEP '95, Supercomputing Conference 2007, Supercomputing Conference 2008, Supercomputing Conference 2009, Supercomputing Conference 2010, Supercomputing Conference 2011.

SERIES XIII: MISCELLANEOUS COMPUTING ACTIVITIES. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES XIV: PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES XV: PHOTOGRAPHS. Arranged chronologically.


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Related Material

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

David Ritchie's Fermilab website

Fermilab Computing Publications (2012.004). 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
National Accelerator Laboratory. Computer Department
Particles (Nuclear physics)--Data processing


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item title or description]. Fermilab Computing David Ritchie Papers (2012.002: 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 September to October 2012.


Box List

SERIES I: BIOGRAPHICAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL Dates Items
Includes Ritchie's resume and Computing Division and Fermilab organizational charts.
Arranged chronologically.
box   1 folder   1 Resume 1971 February 1 1
box   1 folder   23 Computing Division and Fermilab organizational charts, with accompanying correspondence 1994 February-1995 June 8
SERIES II: ADDRESS BOOKS AND CALENDARS Dates Items
Contains Ritchie's address books and calendars with notes on his activities.
Organized into the following subseries: Address Books, Calendars
    Address Books
box   4   1978-1979 address book 1978-1979 1
box   4   undated address books undated 2
    Calendars
box   4   1976 Calendars 1976 6
No missing months.
box   4   1979 Calendars 1979 11
March missing.
box   4   1980 Calendars 1980 10
May and September missing.
box   4   1985 Calendars 1985 2
No missing months.
box   4   1987 Calendars 1987 2
No missing months.
box   4   1988 January - June Calendar 1988 January - June 1
box   4   1990 Calendars 1990 11
April missing.
box   4   1992 Calendars 1992 10
June and November missing.
SERIES III: LOG BOOKS Dates Items
Contains Ritchie's log books from 1990 to 2008 containing miscellaneous notes on his activities.
Organized into the following subseries: Set 1 (unnumbered, 1990 - 1997), Set 2 (numbered, 1997 - 2000), Set 3 (unnumbered, 2000 - 2001), Set 4 (numbered, 2000 - 2003), Set 5 (numbered, 2002 - 2004), Set 6 (unnumbered, 2003 - 2008), Unnumbered and undated
    Set 1 (unnumbered, 1990 - 1997)
Various subjects.
box   5 volume   1 1990 August: Physics 1990 August 1 1
No table of contents.
box   5 volume   2 1990 November - 1993 October: Physics 1990 November 30 - 1993 October 4 1
No table of contents.
box   5 volume   3 1990 December 1990 December 4 - 12 1
No table of contents.
box   5 volume   4 1990 December - 1991 July 1990 December 7 - 1991 July 15 1
No table of contents.
box   5 volume   5 1993 July - November 1993 July - November 1
No table of contents.
box   5 volume   6 1993 November - 1994 February 1990 December 13, 1993 November 24 - 1994 February 1 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   1 1994 April - September 1994 April 14 - September 1 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   2 1994 June: Digital libraries 1994 June 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   3 1994 July - August 1994 July 18 - August 22 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   4 1994 August - October 1994 August 29 - October 24 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   5 1994 October - December 1994 October 31 - December 8 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   6 1995 January - June 1994 December 12, 1995 January - June 1
No table of contents.
box   6 volume   7 1995 June - July 1995 June 6 - July 10 1
No table of contents.
box   7 volume   1 1997 February - March: Carl Albright's Gauge Class 1997 February 27 - March 22 1
No table of contents.
    Set 2 (numbered, 1997 - 2000)
SVX and Matrix.
box   7 volume   2 Book I, Matrix and SVX: 1997 June - December 1997 June 23 - December 3 1
Table of contents: Matrix and SVX.
box   7 volume   3 Book II, SVX: 1997 December - 1998 February 1997 December - 1998 February 1
Table of contents: SVX.
box   7 volume   4 Book IV, SVX: 1999 September - 2000 June 1999 September 15 - 2000 June 29 1
Table of contents: SVX, Version cut (1999 December).
box   7 volume   5 Book V, SVX: 2000 June - November 2000 June 15 - November 18 1
Table of contents: Harvest Project, SVX.
    Set 3 (unnumbered, 2000 - 2001)
Fndaub and fndaut.
box   7 volume   6 Fndaub and fndaut support: 2000 August - 2001 November 2000 August - 2001 November 20 1
No table of contents.
    Set 4 (numbered, 2000 - 2003)
D0 Build System and other subjects.
box   7 volume   7 Book I, D0 Build System: c. 2000 - 2001 March c. 2000 - 2001 March 7 1
Table of contents: D0 Build System.
box   8 volume   1 Book II, D0 Build System: 2001 February - May 2001 February 23 - May 14 1
Table of contents: D0 Build System.
box   8 volume   2 Book III, D0 Build System: 2001 May - August 2001 May 15 - August 2 1
Table of contents: D0 Build System.
box   8 volume   3 Book IV: 2001 August - November 2001 August 3 - November 2 1
No table of contents.
box   8 volume   4 Book V: 2001 November - December 2001 November 16 - December 4 1
No table of contents.
box   8 volume   5 Book VI: 2001 December - 2002 February 2001 December 5 - 2002 February 1 1
No table of contents.
box   8 volume   6 Book VII: 2002 February - March 2002 February 8 - March 1
No table of contents.
box   8 volume   7 Book VIII: 2002 March - May 2002 March - May 6 1
No table of contents.
box   9 volume   1 Book IX: 2002 May - c. June 2002 May 17 - c. June 1
No table of contents.
box   9 volume   2 Book X: c. 2002 June - August c. 2002 June - August 1
No table of contents.
box   9 volume   3 Book XI: c. 2002 August - November c. 2002 August - November 19 1
No table of contents.
box   9 volume   4 Book XII: c. 2002 November - December c. 2002 November - December 1
No table of contents.
box   9 volume   5 Book XIII: c. 2002 November - 2003 January 2002 November 14 - c. 2003 January 1
No table of contents.
box   9 volume   6 Book XIV: c. 2003 January - May c. 2003 January - May 1
No table of contents.
    Set 5 (numbered, 2002 - 2004)
Operations project and other subjects.
box   9 volume   7 Book I: 2002 December 5 - 2003 April 2002 December 5 - 2003 April 1
Table of contents: Operations project I.
box   10 volume   1 Book II: 2003 June - July 2003 June 9 - July 1
Table of contents: operations.
box   10 volume   2 Book III: 2003 August - November 2003 August - November 1
Table of contents: Aperture, Lepton Photon Conference FCC Lobby 2003 August, and Rob's Conference senior year first semester
box   10 volume   3 Book IV: 2003 November - 2004 January 2003 November 8 - 2004 January 1
Table of contents: Minutes of OPS Meeting, DZero stuff and interviews, Lobby Display, HDCF, Project Presentations, Aperture Discussions, Lacrosse Discussions, and Abbott Labs Discussion.
box   10 volume   4 Book V: 2004 February - October 2004 February - October 1
Table of contents: Operations project interviews, CD Division Lobby, Existing Aperture, Discussions with Gerry Bellender
box   10 volume   5 Book VI: 2004 November - 2005 October 2004 November - 2005 October 25 1
Table of contents: Liebert SNMP card in UPS [Liebert network interface], Paula Garrett, RSS info, Power Logic, Home Stuff, Temp. Elect Certificates.
    Set 6 (unnumbered, 2003 - 2008)
Various subjects.
box   10 volume   6 2003 May - August 2003 May 20 - August 1
No table of contents. Includes notes by Richard Thomas.
box   10 volume   7 2006 June - 2007 January 2006 June 15 - 2007 January 2 1
Table of contents: Temperature Monitors, Access to web area, Temperature Monitors Table, Site Scan Web Install.
box   11 volume   1 2007 June - October 2007 June 8 - October 8 1
Table of contents: Aperture Vista, Data Collection, SC2007 Content, Summer Student Matters
box   11 volume   2 2007 October - 2008 June 2007 October 9 - 2008 June 24 1
No table of contents.
box   11 volume   3 2008 April - June 2008 April - June 1
No table of contents.
box   11 volume   4 2008 June - July 2008 June 24 - July 30 1
Table of contents: UIUC Visit, Power Logic
    Unnumbered and undated
Object oriented design.
box   11 volume   5 Object Oriented Design Course undated 1
No table of contents.
SERIES IV: CORRESPONDENCE Dates Items
Contains correspondence, mostly related to Ritchie's work at Fermilab. Additional correspondence can be found throughout the collection.
Organized into the following subseries: General Correspondence, Proposal Reviews
    General Correspondence
box   1 folder   2 1960s correspondence 1962 March 14-21 2
Subjects discussed include Ritchie's admission to Carnegie Institute of Technology.
box   1 folder   2 1970s correspondence 1971 March 23-1978 November 7 6
Subjects discussed include organization of on-line computer development, Ritchie's work with E63, article "Impure Mathematics" by M.D. and A.E.W. [letter discussing this article is from Martin Gardner, author of the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American], a tour of Fermilab given by Ritchie, and others.
box   1 folder   2 1980s correspondence 1981 May 21-1989 July 19 14
Subjects discussed include Ritchie's assistance with various experiments (including E557/E672, E609, and E617), appointment of Hugh Montgomery to Head of the Computing Department, appointment of Ritchie to Summer Program Committee, HEPAP Sub-Panel on Computing Needs at Fermilab (Includes document titled "Fermilab Computing Needs Through the Eighties"), HSC50 v350 software, appointment of Ritchie to the Library Committee, move of the VAX cluster, selection of Computing Department newsletter editorial board, migration of the VAX Cluster to a new level of operating system, conversion of VM/HPO to VM/XA on Amdahl 5890, and others.
box   1 folder   2 1990s correspondence 1990 January 17-1995 January 25 17
Subjects discussed include Security Incident Report, reclassification of Ritchie from Programmer to Applications Physicist II, Ritchie's presentation on library automation work, Ritchie's resignation from SIST Committee, invitation to Ritchie to join the Computing Division's ES&H Committee, Ritchie's assistance in the library, REQSTATUS, SSC site design and Fermilab organizational structure [correspondence between Ritchie and Robert Adair], FY95 budget, Ritchie's participation on the Computer Database Subcommittee, Current Software Management Practices in DBI, and others.
box   1 folder   2 2000s correspondence 2008 September 16 1
Subjects discussed include date of the first collection of data at Fermilab.
    Proposal Reviews
box   1 folder   3 Reviews by Ritchie of proposals to NSF and DOE, with related correspondence 1983 March 29-1988 June 3 5
SERIES V: WRITINGS BY RITCHIE Dates Items
Contains printed copies, reprints, and drafts of writings by Ritchie. Reprints and photocopies of articles that were available through INSPIRE and did not have notes on them were returned to donor.
Organized into the following subseries: Published writings, Fermilab technical publications and miscellaneous.
    Published writings
box   1 folder   4 Reprint of "A Simple Method for Deriving Maxwell's Relations."American Journal of Physics, volume 36, number 8, p. 760, 1968 August 1968 August 1
box   1 folder   4 Reprint of "A Memory Resident Overlay Handler for RT-11 V3."Proceedings of the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society. San Francisco--November 1978, pp. 701-705 (with Y. Kang) 1978 November 1
box   1 folder   4 Reprint of "The RT-11 MULTI Project at Fermilab."Proceedings of the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society. New Orleans, Louisiana--April 1979, pp. 1381-1384 (with L.M. Taff and T.D. Lagerlund) 1979 April 1
    Fermilab technical publications and miscellaneous
box   1 folder   5 Draft of "Magnet Test Facility Programming Work" 1982 February 5 1
box   1 folder   5 Draft of "FNAL Cluster Acquisition History" (with Steve Kalisz and Keith Chadwick) 1988 January 11 1
box   1 folder   5 Draft of "The Implementation of the Fermilab Library Automation System" (with annotations) 1990 April 28 1
box   1 folder   5 Draft of "Preprint Processing Program Specification" (with Paula Garrett), includes accompanying correspondence 1992 May 11 2
box   1 folder   5 Printed copy of "A Guide to the Preprint Bulletin Boards developed by Paul Ginsparg, LASL" documented by David Ritchie 1993 March 26 1
box   1 folder   5 Draft of "Implementation Plan for Unix Database Server to Handle Tracking of Computing Hardware, Software, and Services" by Nancy Hughart and Ritchie 1993 November 12 1
box   1 folder   5 Printed copy of "The Improbability Scale" (with note regarding article) 2005 March 31 1
box   1 folder   6 Printed copy of "Python for Middle School Students" 2002 May 30 1
box   1 folder   5 Printed copy of "Report of the Mixing Sub-Group of the Delta Working Group (Other B Physics)" (with annotations) >undated 2
box   1 folder   5 Draft of "A Memory Overlay Handler for RT-11 V3" (with Y. Kang) undated 1
SERIES VI: TALKS BY RITCHIE Dates Items
Contains copies of transparencies from talks given by Ritchie and related materials.
Arranged chronologically.
box   1 folder   7 "RT/RSX MULTI" at Topical Conference on Computerized Data Acquisition Systems (1979 May 15), copy of transparencies 1979 May 15 1
box   1 folder   7 "Information Management as an Aspect of an Experimental Facility and its Support" at Snowmass (1990), copy of transparencies 1990 1
box   1 folder   7 "World Wide Web: Informal Discussion about the Place of WWW in the Lab" (c. 1994), copy of transparencies c. 1994 1
box   1 folder   7 "Bringing the Web to Fermilab" at "The Once and Future Web" Symposium at SLAC (2001 December 3), program and copy of transparencies 2001 November 29-December 3 2
SERIES VII: COMMITTEES AND GROUPS Dates Items
Contains materials related to Ritchie's work for Fermilab committees and groups.
Organized into the following subseries: Committee of 32 Bits, Internal Assessment GroupCommunications and Outreach Group
    Committee on 32 Bits
box   1 folder   8 Correspondence regarding committee establishment, work, and minutes 1980 February 6-March 26 5
box   1 folder   9 Notes by Ritchie from three meetings (1980 February 19, March 5, and March 12) 1980 February 19-March 12 3
box   1 folder   10 Minutes by Ritchie of three meetings (1980 February 19, March 5, and March 12), with accompanying correspondence and revisions 1980 February 25-April 10 11
box   1 folder   8 VAX11 780 System Configuration guidelines and specifications (1979 October c. 1980 5
box   1 folder   8 Miscellaneous notes, printed material, and drafts of correspondence 1980 February-March 28, undated (c. 1980) 7
    Internal Assessment Group [preparation for Tiger Team assessment]
box   13 folder   9 Charter of Internal Assessment Group 1990 June 1
box   13 folder   9 Correspondence 1990 July-August 2
box   13 folder   9 Pre-assessment schedule undated (c. 1990) 1
box   13 folder   9 Packet of miscellaneous correspondence and documents undated (c. 1990) 1
    Communications and Outreach Group
box   1 folder   11 "Computing Division Fiscal Year 2008 Tactical Plan Status: Fiscal Year 2008 Tactical Plan Status Report for Communications and Outreach," by Ritchie (2008 June 30) c. 2007-2008 8
Includes slides from Ritchie's presentation, slides from 2007 and 2008 Computing Division tactical plan presentations by others, written Computing Division tactical plans by others, and other materials
box   1 folder   12 "Computing Division Fiscal Plan Review: Fiscal Year 2009 Tactical Plans for CD/CDO/PRS/COM," by Ritchie (2008 September 25) c. 2007-2008 11
Includes slides from Ritchie's presentation, outlines by Ritchie on "Fiscal Year 2009 Plan for Communications and Outreach," correspondence, and other materials
SERIES VIII: SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING Dates Items
Contains materials related to scientific computing at Fermilab, including examples of dialogs regarding computing for several experiments. Scientific computing consists of computing activities directly related to Fermilab's scientific mission.
Organized into the following subseries: MULTI, Online computing, basic systems, Open Science Grid, Miscellaneous.
    Experiments
    Experiment 557/Experiment 672
Materials related to E557 (Hadron Jets experiment with spokesperson Ernest I. Malamud) and E672 (Hadron Jets experiment with spokesperson Andrzej Zieminski) with software contact Bert Pifer.
box   13 folder   1 Correspondence regarding experiments 1983 February 3-1984 July 10 7
    Experiment 594
Materials related to E594 (Neutrino experiment with spokesperson James K. Walker and software contact Linda Stutte).
box   13 folder   2 Correspondence regarding experiment 1979 February 9-1981 July 10 4
box   13 folder   2 "Scanning Station Software Time Estimates" report by K. Eng, D. Ritchie, and L. Stutte 1981 June 5 1
box   13 folder   2 "Detailed Estimates of Various Hardware Options for E-594 Multiple Station Scan System on the PDP11/60" undated 1
    Experiment 653
Materials related to E653 (Particle Search experiment with spokesperson Neville W. Reay).
box   13 folder   3 Correspondence regarding experiment 1982 November 23-1984 December 20 6
box   13 folder   3 Notes 1983 January 25-1984 December 18 5
    Miscellaneous
box   13 folder   4 List of experiments by assigned PDP11 1982 November 9 1
box   13 folder   4 List of software contacts for data acquisition by Jeff Appel 1983 December 19 1
box   13 folder   4 List of approved experiments c. 1982-1983 1
    MULTI
    Related records
box   1 folder   15 Correspondence regarding MULTI 1978 March 23-1985 May 31, 1997 March 19 23
Includes notes by Ritchie explaining significance of some of the letters and a letter from Ritchie explaining the significance of the RTMULTI V1A compiler listing and the history of MULTI.
box   14   RTMULTI V1A compiler listing with Terry Lagerlund's annotations 1978 June 1
box   1 folder   16 Memos on "MPS Online Software and RSX-11 Implementation" 1978 November 9-11 2
box   1 folder   16 Notes on MULTI 1980 December-1982 April 28 2
box   1 folder   16 Brief report on DUMAND muon string test, with accompanying correspondence 1982 January 7 2
box   1 folder   16 "World's Largest RTMULTI CAMAC List" printouts 1982 February 24 3
box   1 folder   16 Copies of transparencies titled "MULTI's View of the World" 1983 June 1
    Program
box   12 folder   1 RT-MULTI 1984 July 16 - 17 4
Three 5 1/4-inch floppy disks with accompanying list of files on the disks
box   12 folder   2 RT-MULTI, V2.1 1984 August 23 4
Three 8-inch floppy disks with accompanying list of files on the disks
box   12 folder   2 MULTI, Northwestern University 1993 February 3 1
One 5 1/4-inch floppy disk
    Online computing
    Basic systems
box   1 folder   13 "Bison Core Management Procedures" by A. E. Brenner 1972 April 13 1
box   1 folder   13 Correspondence regarding Linker 1974 May 28-1978 November 25 3
box   1 folder   13 "CATV Multiplexing of Bison Net" by Greg Chartrand 1977 July 29 1
box   1 folder   13 Printout of "Lnkpat: Collected patches it Linker" by Ritchie 1978 October 15 1
box   1 folder   13 "Staffing in the Data Acquisition Software Group" by David Ritchie, with accompanying correspondence 1984 December 4-7 2
box   1 folder   13 "Bison Room Hardware Configuration" by Data Acquisition Hardware Group and Data Acquisition Software Group 1986 April 18 1
    "Historical mile post" documents
Contains documents collected under this label by Ritchie.
box   1 folder   14 Cover letter from Ritchie accompanying documents 1991 June 21 1
box   1 folder   14 "Organization of On-Line Computer Development" memo by A. E. Brenner 1971 March 23 1
box   1 folder   14 Notes by Ritchie on "Needs for BSX0" 1971 October 25 1
box   1 folder   14 "BISON-NET" note by T. Droege 1973 October 18 1
box   1 folder   14 "BISON-NET, A High Speed Block Multiplexer Channel for Interconnecting Computers via Camac" report by D. Curtis, T. Droege, R. Dunne, and R. Martin 1975 November 5 1
box   1 folder   14 "The Supported Fermilab Computer-BISON and Mini BISON" report by A. E. Brenner 1977 February 21 1
box   1 folder   14 "BISON Interrupt and Gate Control" report by A. E. Brenner and R. G. Martin 1977 November 1 1
box   1 folder   14 "RTMULTI-Status and Directions of Motion" report by L. M. Taff and MULTI Co-workers 1978 October 1
box   1 folder   14 "Performance Measurements on Revised CAMAC System" report by T. Lagerlund 1979 May 15 1
box   1 folder   14 "CDF Data Acquisition/System Software Group" report by I. Gaines 1980 October 2 1
Early note describing the beginning of the CDF data acquisition system.
box   1 folder   14 Index to "Bison Notes" undated 1
    Open Science Grid
box   1 folder   17 Open Science Grid Mid-Year Metrics, 2008 June 2008 June-2009 December 20 4
Includes "Open Science Grid Research Highlights June 2007-June 2008," miscellaneous graphs, "Annual Report for Period 09/2007-08/2008," and "Open Science Grid: Report to the US Department of Energy, December 2009"
box   1 folder   18 "Open Science Grid This Week" newsletter 2009 March 19-May 18, undated (c. 2009) 4
Includes correspondence, notes, and miscellaneous material
    Miscellaneous
box   12 folder   3 E665 data acquisition system 1983 November 22 1
8-inch floppy disk
box   1 folder   19 "Software Improvements with Regard to Measurement Efficiency (including Procedures)" report undated 1
SERIES IX: ADMINISTRATIVE COMPUTING Dates Items
Contains material related to administrative computing at Fermilab. Administrative computing consists of computing related to the administration and operation of Fermilab functions other than the scientific mission, such as management of assets or payroll.
Organized into the following subseries: Matrix, MISCOMP, Miscellaneous.
    Matrix
box   1 folder   20 Correspondence regarding Matrix 1996 December 6 1
box   1 folder   20 "Phase II Implementation Memorandum of Understanding between the SVXII Project and the Computing Division" by J. Spalding and J. Butler 1997 February 6 1
    MISCOMP [Modern Information System for Computing Division's Operation Management and Planning]
box   1 folder   21 Draft of "MISCOMP Project: Overall Project Definition" by Vicky White and Ritchie 1991 June 6 1
box   1 folder   21 Draft of "MISCOMP Project: Project Plan" by Ritchie, Mark Steinbacker, and Vicky White 1991 June 10 1
box   1 folder   21 Correspondence regarding MISCOMP 1992 June 17-1993 November 10 3
box   1 folder   21 "MISCOMP Taskforce Task 24: Design and Implementation of Procedures and Forms for Tracking Fixed Assets, Systems and Consumables" 1993 June 15 8
box   1 folder   21 Presentation goals and agenda 1993 July 2-23 2
box   1 folder   21 Copies of slides from presentation "MISCOMP: Overview" c. 1993 July 23 1
box   1 folder   21 Copies of slides from presentation "MISCOMP: Financial Management" c. 1993 July 23 1
box   1 folder   22 "MISCOMP Lab-Wide Review, Reviewers Comments and Presentations" booklet 1993 November 1
box   2 folder   1 Miscellaneous undated 11
Includes project schedules, lists of tasks, and other materials
    Miscellaneous
box   2 folder   2 ESHPAC Database Project, miscellaneous material 1991 November 6-December 1 4
Includes "Baseline Definition" document, "Analysis Effort, Statement of Work" document, correspondence, and other materials
box   2 folder   2 "Proposed Meeting Maker Roll-out Plan" by Ritchie, with accompanying correspondence 1994 April 13 2
SERIES X: FERMILAB WEBSITE Dates Items
Contains materials related to the development of Fermilab's first homepage on the world wide web.
Arranged chronologically.
box   2 folder   3 Correspondence regarding design of Fermilab's first homepage, with accompanying early draft of website and meeting minutes 1994 February 23-March 18 5
box   2 folder   3 Miscellaneous material on development and history of website 1994 March 21-2001 November 27 5
Includes meeting minutes, website draft, printout of the homepage on 1996 September 13, history of the website, and other materials
SERIES XI: COMPUTING FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE Dates Items
Contains materials related to the management of computing facilities and infrastructure at Fermilab, which consists of the management of the physical computers themselves and their housing.
Organized into the following subseries: Central Computing Upgrade Project, Grid Computing Center, Critical facilities monitoring system (SiteScan Web), Temperature monitoring and control (Sensatronics and ANSYS), Miscellaneous.
    Central Computing Upgrade Project
box   2 folder   4 "Request for Information," with accompanying correspondence 1985 July 1-3 2
box   2 folder   4 "Implementation Plan, Central Computing Upgrade Project," by J. A. Appel, H. Montgomery, J. Pfister, Ritchie, and V. White 1986 July 2-7 2
box   2 folder   4 "Communications Strategy for New Acquisition System" by Greg Chartrand 1986 December 16 1
box   2 folder   4 Vendor visits itinerary 1987 June 16 1
    Grid Computing Center
box   2 folder   5 Automatic shutdown, miscellaneous material c. 2004-2006 17
box   2 folder   6 Tape robot room, miscellaneous material c. 2005 10
    Critical facilities monitoring system (SiteScan Web)
box   2 folder   7 Configuration Service Agreement 2005 June 28 1
box   2 folder   7 Specification undated 1
box   2 folder   7 Notes undated 1
    Temperature monitoring and control (Sensatronics and ANSYS)
box   2 folder   8 Correspondence 2005 March 19 1
box   2 folder   8 "Cooling Audit Summary" 2006 1
box   2 folder   8 "Temperature Monitoring in GCC" report by Constantine Mukasa 2006 1
box   2 folder   8 Miscellaneous material c. 2004-2008 7
    Miscellaneous
box   14   Plaque created from Bison Computer Room sign and PDP11 programming card and signed by Computing Division staff on the closing of the Bison Computer Room 1991 March 14 1
box   2 folder   9 Page from "Online Support Department CD Annual Status Review" by Ruth Pordes summarizing computers owned by Fermilab 1991 October 30 1
box   2 folder   9 McClier Study: Evaluation of Fermilab's computing facilities and growth requirements, miscellaneous material c. 2002-2003 10
SERIES XII: CONFERENCES Dates Items
Contains materials related to the CHEP '95 conference Ritchie and others at Fermilab organized, and various Supercomputing Conferences at which Fermilab Computing had an informational booth designed by Ritchie and others at Fermilab.
CHEP '95, Supercomputing Conference 2007, Supercomputing Conference 2008, Supercomputing Conference 2009, Supercomputing Conference 2010, Supercomputing Conference 2011.
    CHEP '95
[Computers in High Energy Physics Conference, 1995 September 15-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil]
See also: Photographs from conference
box   2 folder   10 Drafts of promotional image based on painting by Angela Gonzales undated (c. 1995) 3
box   2 folder   10 Notes c. 1996-1997 7
Includes notes on Progress of CHEP96 CD-ROM, Status of CHEP95 Work, and other subjects
box   2 folder   10 Correspondence regarding CHEP95 CD-ROM 1997 January 2
    Supercomputing Conference 2007
Fermilab's booth included a large timeline of supercomputing at Fermilab printed on fabric spiral.
box   2 folder   11 Booth content: Experiment Results c. 2007 6
Includes lists of events and notes
box   2 folder   12 Booth content: Science Results c. 2007 4
Includes lists of events
box   2 folder   13 Booth content: Technology (Part 1) c. 2007 5
Includes lists of events, copies of articles and documents related to the history of technology at Fermilab, notes, and miscellaneous material
box   12 folder   4 Booth content: Technology (Part 2) c. 2007 1
CD titled "Pixel Artifact Files" containing PowerPoint presentations, movie clips, and other files
box   2 folder   14 Booth content: Miscellaneous 1 c. 2007 18
Includes lists of events, histories of computing at Fermilab, notes, and miscellaneous material
box   2 folder   15 Booth content: Miscellaneous 2 (Part 1) c. 2007 14
Includes lists of events, correspondence, and miscellaneous material
box   12 folder   4 Booth content: Miscellaneous 2 (Part 2) 2007 October 17 1
CD titled "MP2 files for John Urish burned on Mac"
box   2 folder   16 Booth design and miscellaneous content c. 2007 21
Includes layouts of booth, drafts of spiral and graphics, notes, and miscellaneous material
box   2 folder   17 Booth design focus group c. 2007 5
Includes notes and miscellaneous material
box   2 folder   18 Booth expenses c. 2007-2008 6
Includes summaries of cost of booth
box   2 folder   19 Booth installation and set-up c. 2007 2
Includes instructions for assembling spiral and miscellaneous material
roll   1   Draft of spiral (printed on paper) c. 2007 1
roll   2   Notes from focus group meetings on computing technology, data and storage, experimental physics (titled "programmatic"), facilities, networking, people c. 2007 6
    Supercomputing Conference 2008
box   2 folder   20 CDMS Music Midi Project c. 2008 9
Includes reports, notes, and printed photographs of dark matter single towers, LED lights, and other items
box   2 folder   21 "Data:" Graphs and tables of data related to Fermilab computing c. 2008 9
box   2 folder   22 Freeman Decorating proposal and invoices, with accompanying notes and correspondence c. 2008 9
box   2 folder   23 SandboxStudio invoices, with accompanying correspondence and notes c. 2008 4
box   3 folder   1 Tax-exempt status for Fermilab, correspondence and notes c. 2007-2008 3
box   3 folder   2 Miscellaneous material related to a "2008 June 27 meeting with John [Urish] and Ruth [Pordes]" c. 2008 19
Includes reports, notes, correspondence, and other materials related to booth planning
box   3 folder   3 Miscellaneous material c. 2007-2008 33
Includes correspondence, notes, SIST flyers, and other material
    Supercomputing Conference 2009
box   3 folder   4 Booth rental c. 2008-2009 6
Includes correspondence, contract, and other materials
box   3 folder   5 Proposals c. 2009 5
Includes evaluations of proposals, notes, timelines, and slides from Freeman capabilities presentation
box   3 folder   6 Miscellaneous material c. 2009 61
Includes statements of requirement, requests for information, requests for proposals, correspondence, notes, slides from "SC09 Booth Selection for Fermilab CD" presentation, and other materials
    Supercomputing Conference 2010
box   3 folder   7 Booth content c. 2010 6
Includes summary description of booth, statements of work, COMPASS Project Summary, and supercomputing display proposals
box   3 folder   8 Miscellaneous material c. 2010 18
Includes bookmarks distributed at conference, summary of CAPTAN, correspondence, printed photographs of the booth, notes, marketing plan, tentative budget, and other materials
    Supercomputing Conference 2011
box   3 folder   9 Miscellaneous material c. 2011 3
Includes correspondence, invoice, and exhibitor's contract
SERIES XIII: MISCELLANEOUS COMPUTING ACTIVITIES Dates Items
Contains materials related to various activities by Ritchie and others in computing at Fermilab.
Arranged chronologically.
box   3 folder   10 "Ballam Committee revisited" notes 1984 December 6 1
roll   1   "CD in Support of Top - Then" and "CD in Support of Top - Now" posters on Computing Division support of the discovery of the top quark c. 1995 2
box   13 folder   6 "Pictures at an Exhibition" notebook assembled by Ritchie, Part 1: Printed photographs of about half the people in the Computing Division 2004 January 9 1
box   13 folder   7 "Pictures at an Exhibition" notebook assembled by Ritchie, Part 2: Printed photographs of locations of Computing Division's equipment and facilities 2004 January 9 1
box   13 folder   8 "Pictures at an Exhibition" notebook assembled by Ritchie, Part 3: Printed photographs of locations of removal of ADIC Tape Robot to make room for installation of new computing farms 2004 January 9 1
box   3 folder   11 Printed photographs and names of students who worked under Ritchie from 2005 to 2008 c. 2008 1
box   3 folder   11 "A History of Electronic Music Pioneers" by David Dunn 2009 February 10 1
Mentions role of Jeff Mack, a Fermilab engineer in the Computing Division, on page 25
SERIES XIV: PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES Dates Items
Contains materials collected by Ritchie related to computing in high energy physics.
Arranged chronologically.
box   3 folder   12 Computing for Particle Physics: Report of the HEPAP Subpanel on Computer Needs for the Next Decade 1985 August 1
box   3 folder   13 "Perspectives: Success Factors in Critical Technologies" report for the Computer Systems Policy Project 1990 July 1
box   3 folder   13 Illinois: Gateway to Advanced Computing and Communications report by the Illinois Coalition 1991 November 1
box   3 folder   14 Copies of slides from "World Wide Web: Networked Information" by Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, Jean-Francois Groff, and Bernd Pollermann c. 1992 1
box   13 folder   5 "Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace" by Kevin Hughes 1994 May 1
box   3 folder   15 Slides from "State of Readiness of LHC Computing Infrastructure" presentation by Janie Shiers at CHEP (2006 February in Mumbai, India) 2006 February 1
box   3 folder   16 "Handouts for various talks" on relativity and special relativity by various presenters (1964 and undated) undated 4
box   3 folder   17 Slides from "dCache in a Facility Data Storage Setting" presentation by Robert D. Kennedy of Fermilab Computing Division undated 1
SERIES XV: PHOTOGRAPHS Dates Items
Contains color photographs from throughout the collection.
Arranged chronologically.
box   12 folder   5 "Some of the computing equipment for which the Computing Department supplies software" 1977 June 24 2
Color polaroids of equipment with equipment labeled.
box   12 folder   6 Photographs from CHEP '95 Conference. 1995 30
One diapositive of Angela Gonzales's artwork for the conference, 28 color photographs of people, and one color photograph of Rio de Janeiro.