a by Ray Smelek/Boise I am pleased to announce Bill Murph Boise Division as Marketing Man extensive marketing experience at • Bill will be moving to Boise in early January; in the meantime, will be formulating marketing strategy for Boise products while he phases out of his current position. H E w L E n ~ p A c K A R D BOISE DIVISION NEWS by Ray SmeleklBoise I know there is considerable concern in the field regarding the long availability on 7970 Magnetic Tape Drives. First I want t o assure you that everyone in Boise e is equally concerned and striving hard to r e d ~ ~ cit. Before I elaborate on what we are doing to rectify the situation I want to fill you in on hat lead us to this predicament. Many people feel this transfer asf Mag Tapes from Mountain View to Boise was untimely and poorly planned. Well, in looking back one Isan always see ways of doing things better, but by and large the transfer came off very smoothly. What w e did not anticipate was the sudden demand on Tape Drive deliveries. You people in the field did an outstanding job in signing OEM's during the summer. The order rate in August, September, and October has been over 200% of a customers supplied with units. All prices quoted in this Newsletter are domestic USA prices only (Conrinued on page 2) I Company Private work our way out of this long availability situation and still maintain good relationships with our customers BOISE DIVISION NEWS - (Continued from page 1 ) overtime and have several people on loan in Bo~sewho are spending full time expediting material to ensure the pull-ups occur on time. P,lso, we did work the three days prior to Thanksgiving. I expect our availability to be down to 8-10 weeks by April. We must be careful we don't over produce and end up with an inventory problem in the months to come. I'd welcome the opportunity to speak to you regarding your specific customer situation and any insights you have about the future requirements for Mag Tape Drives. In the meantime, keep selling. You can help by continuing to review your customer's needs. Do not keep units scheduled in tight if your customer does not really need them. Keep us informed of his needs. If we work closely together, I know we can HrwLETTIP*cX*eD maintenance charge of $2.00 and $3.00 respectively. The time base generator is standard in a M-Series DOS svstems The standard MI230 119662Bi and oution 203 of the MI260 119655B) include the privleged'interrupt card, SUMMARY OF DOS-IIID DATA COMMlINICATION INTERFACES AND DRIVERS by Dan Jorgenson DOS-IIIB logicallphysical data communication drivers and hardware Interfaces currently released (as of December 15, 1974) are listed below. All drlver software and a new comprehensive driver manual 124307-90012) are shipped with DOS-lllB 124307B) and serviced under the DOS hardware service contract. I Terminal I I Although r,ot a logicallphysical type, the Hardwlred Serlal Interface IHSI) driver is also sh~pped with D O S - l l i B the r-,ameof D V R 67 and works with the HP 12889A card. It enables h ~ q hspeed data transfer between two DOS systems. ' (Continued on page 31 a l I lnd~catesthe log~cald r ~ v e rw~lloperate w ~ t hp h y s ~ c a driver ( a t the Intersection of row and column) nomenclature ATDOI = asynchronous term~naldrlver =1 PMTOl = page mode t e r m ~ n a dl r ~ v e r=1 D V R 7 2 : Driver "72" SLC = Synchronous L~ne Control Package Notes (1) HP 2640A presently supported n character rnode A page mode Logical D r ~ v e rI S LUI rently b e ~ r r g (2) PMTOl ?upports B e e h ~ v eSuper Bee I I Computer Term~nnl,Model 1 1 2-0600 000 ( F o r m ~ HP r 261 6 A ) wrltten ' 7 HP Computer Museum www.hpmuseum.net For research and education purposes only. SUMMARY OF DOS-IIIB DATA COMMUNICATION INTERFACES AND DRIVERS - ( C o n t i n u e d f r o m page 2) has been claimed that the REMACS and satellite CPU's can be intermixed on the same cable, but the level of software support for this approach is unknown. UPGRADING E X I S T I N G CUSTOMERS - Those customers that received DOS-IIIB without one 01 all of these drivers may order then1 individually at $25.00 per tape. Pan M The central host system must be a MODCOMP II computerwith 32K or more of memory, a disc, a console device, and theextended disc version of M A X Ill Version F operating system. The satellite system must be a MODCOMP II computer with at least 24K words of memory, and the non-discversion of M A X Ill. (However, one of the examples shown in the MAXNET Ill brochure indicates that a MODCOMP Ill computer can also be a satellite computer.) The lower cost MODCOMP I computer (for dedicated applications) is n o t available as a satellite computer. This can be compared t o HP's BCS based 2105 for dedicated applications where l o w cost is very important. M A X N E T Services Each computer system (satellite and host) in a MAXNET I l l network has all the software capabilities of a system using the extended disc version of the standard M A X Ill Version F operating system. In addition the MAXNET Ill system provides the following functions and system tasks. DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS SALES AMPLIFIER ADDENDUM Operator Directives - Satellites and Hosts by David Borton FIL RAS The past t w o months have seen (changes in the distributed systems products available from the competition. In particular, t w o packages have been announced and another is expected soon. MODCOMP and I B M have both announced new packages for linking computers together. DEC is also expected t o announce a distributed system package by April 1975. Data General could quite easily join the group also by enhancing their present multi-CPU package t o include longer distance hardware (their Dresent hardware has a limit of 75 feet). - RRS RDF - RTK RTA RTE RTD BTK - BGV - RBP - RFO RHD RFI - - - - MODCOMP MODCOMP announced a distributed systems package in October, 1974, called MAXNET Ill. The software prices are $3000 for the first satellite and $500 for each additional satellite. Hardware communication techniques supported include parallel techniques for local high-speed transfers (100K vvords per second), hardwired serial for up t o one mile at speeds from 15K t o 125K words per second, and synchronous and asynchronous modem communications for longer distances at speeds up t o 9600 bits per second. The prices for this hardware range frorn $500 t o $2000 per computer. The serial hardwired technique is the same technique used by the REMACS remote measurement box and costs about $1250 This technique is a multi-drop scheme with up t o 4 drops. It - Initial program load a remote system. Create or change a logical file assignment in a remote system. Remote task resume. Create or change a logical file default assignment in a remote system. Remote task kill. Remote task activate. Remote task establish (make core resident). Remote task deestablish. Background take (HOST only t o regain use of the batch processing task). Background give (HOST only t o allow satellite computers t o use a batch processing task). Remote batch processing (SATELLITE only t o use background and peripherals of the HOST for program development). Remote task information. Remote task hold. Remote logical file interrogation. Rex Services and F O R T R A N Calls -- available to assembly language and F O R T R A N users. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Remote Remote Remote Remote Remote Remote Remote Remote Remote task establish. default assign. task resume. task deestablish. task information file assign. task activate. task kill. task hold. (Continued on page 4 ) DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS SALES AMPLIFIER A D D E N D U M - (Continued from page 3) System Tasks - provided by M A X N E T I l l which can be included at system generation time. As can be seen from these calls, MODCOMP offers extensive capabilities in coordinating tasks between computers in a network. Features not provided are the named remote file access calls and the requested program load feature. (MODCOMP does provide a forced load only, however.) -'3 1. A link task ( L K T ) which interfaces t o the logical I10 system and allows device independent I10 transfers over multiple computer links. 2. A loader task (LDR) which enables loading of tasks from a host system dlsc t o a satellite computer. 3. A simultaneous output task (SYC) that takes data written t o one device and outputs that same data t o t w o devices. IVormally this is used t o output system messages t o consoles at satellite and host systems simultaneously. 4. MAXNET Ill Linking Loader which looks at the computer link for binary data during remote fill operations. This loader will perform a checksum calculation on a record by record basis and request a fixed number of retries if an error is detected. 5. A software core device interface which allows a user t o transfer data to and from core partitions defined at system generation time either locally or remotely. Normally these partitions will be subdivisions of global common areas. I B M announced a distributed system package for the 370 t o System17 computers in October 1974. It basically makes a product out of equipment that had been furnished before on an RPQ (special) basis only. The package is called Distributed Intelligence System ( D I S ) and is provided at no charge. It operates with 370's using the following access methods: Basic Sequential ( B S A M ) , Basic Direct ( B D A M ) , and Virtual Sequential (VSAM). DIS provides data transmission capabilities so that the user does not have t o concern himself with data communication protocols. This is essentially equivalent t o HP's approach. I B M also provides program preparation capabilities for the System17 on the 370. In fact, this was the orlginal technique. Not until the spring of 1974 was local program preparation available on the System17 The conflguratlon is as follows I I BLOCK MULTlPLEXER CHANNEL up T o 64 PORTS SENSOR-BASED CONTROL UNIT - $35,000(%75tmanth) SZMI 277K bps coax up to 1 mile IS! mm~nrnl II ADAPTER ADAPTER ADAPTER SYSTEM17 SYSTEM17 SYSTEM17 1 SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS GROUP by Peter Rosenbladr You may not have heard about us, but we are here to help you be successful. W e are part of Bill Klrause's organization and look at ourselves as the "Development group with an ear to the field." Our charter is to develop and maintain applications software packages which can enable you to sell more system~s. Our produc;ts are based on hardware and software components created by Data Systems R 8 D Lab. While we are not here to solve a particular customer's problem, we are in a position to develop a solution for a class of problems which will enable your customers to get on the air quickly, or we may be able to develop dedicated system solutions for particular end-user markets. Sl210 IS NOW MI210 The Sl210 Data System (19657B) is now playing on the M Series team. Although this change in nomenclature is minor, the MI210 is a seasoned veteran and will round out the M-Series team identity by anchoring the starting position. Like the former Sl210, the MI210 consists of 2108A processor, 16K words X2 memory, dual channel port controller, memory protect, disc loader ROIVI, power fail recovery system, time base generator, 5 Mbyte cartridge disc, paper tape reader, single bay cabinet, ASR33 console printer and DOS-IIIB software. A new data sheet is ava~lablefor the MI210 system: publication number 5952-4659. MI280 ADDED TO LINE-UP NEW SALES POWER IN THE M-SERIES LINE-UP The newest member of the team is the MI280 Sales Order Processing System, a merchandizing extension of the Ml260, based on the 19655B. The MI280 fields the ball with ON-TOP, an application software package. This hard hitting software as well as the MI280 is described in the Product News section of this Newsletter. by Dan Jorgenson The M-SERIES TEAM OF THE 2000MX SYSTEMS Effective January, 1975, several changes and additions have been made to the M-Series COS systems to simplify and strengthen your selling efforts. As a result of the preceding changes, our M-Series team looks like this: Let us have your inputs as t o where w e should apply our creativity. ~ W L E T T I P * C ~ R D Sl250 DATA SYSTEM DELETED Because of the similarity in configuration and capability of the MI260 Data System (19655B) and the Sl250 Data System (1966063, the Sl250 has been deleted from the Corporate Price List effective January, 1975. This action will simplify your selling efforts by focusing selling activity on one rather than t w o data base management systems. However, you may sell an equivalent S/'250 system by adding the following accessories to the Ml260. (Continued on page 61 For comparison, HP discounts computers and the 2640 according to this schedule: NEW SALES POWER IN THE M-SERIES LINE-UP (Continued from page 5) New price information sheets are available for the above systems: System 2100121MX Products Qty Percent Discount Pub. No. NEW OPTION FOR Ml230, MI260 2640 A new option 217 has been created for the M-Series DOS systems (Ml230, MI2601 to add dual channel port controller to the 1/0 extender. This option is necessary for large system configurations. Product Oescription Price Service 196628-21 7 (M1230) Add Dual Channel port controller t o 110 extender (HP 12898A) $500 $10 196558-217 (MI2601 Add Dual Channel port controller to I10 extender (HP12898A) 500 10 Percent Discount A ) Quant~tySix or more (applies to any customer who buys six or more at one ti me). 12% 8 ) Volume Agreement (Customer must sign a Volume Purchase Agreement) C) HP Computer System OEM (Customer must have a current OEM agreement with HPI The option will be on the January, 1975 Corporate Price List . H E w L E r r I w c X m D TEXAS INSTRUMENTS ADDRESSES OEM MARKET TI has also limited charges for software documentation to the first system purct~ased by Dave Carver Texas Instruments has announced a formal OEM discount schedule for its 960B and 980B minicomputers, 912 and 913 CRT term~nals, and Silent 700 series hardcopy terminals. Hardware is discounted as follows: Equipment Quantity Percent Discount and By announcincj a formal OEM dgreelnent, TI has made, for the first time, a significant move towards addressing the OEM market. Note that HP offers a better computer products discount schedule, and a competitive CRT schedule. HP does not discount telepr~rlters. IHEWLETT#PICL<ID 0-4 5-9 10-24 25 - 4 9 50 - 200 0 15 17 19 20 C R T Terminal 0-4 5 - 24 25 - 49 50 - 99 100 - 499 500 up 0 10 15 20 25 35 Teleprinter 0-4 5 - 24 25 - 49 50 - 99 100 - 499 500 UP 0 10 12 15 17 20 Computer . - - MPE C IN USE hy Jean~ M i c h e l Gahet The new version of the HP 3000 Multiprogramming Executive seems to accommodate users with requirements for high reliability, even when the system is not attended. A simulation of a solid state problem undertaken by Doctor Barna of HP Labs was successfully run on an almost finished Version C of MPE last October As the following printout indicates, the program was launched Friday, October 31, at 2:40 A M and completed running Monday, November 4, at 9.28 A M , this is over three days and 17 hours of CPU time out of iour days of connect tlme. (Continued o n page 71 '3 MPE C I N USE - (Continued from page 6) memory can fit in the 5 114 inch mainframe. A key point is that the 11/04 will not be available in quantities until summer 1975. Sell the standard features and expandability of the 21MX, plus its availability now. New Versions of DEC POP-8 Digital has just introduced t w o additions to its 12-bit PDP-8 line of minicomputers. The original P D P 8 I A is now called the 8/A-100, and is priced at $1,745 with 1K of semi-conductor RAM memory. The t w o new versions differ in type of memory used: the 8/A-200 will have 4K RAMS, and the 8/A-400 will m e either 8K or 16K core memory modules. Price for the 8/A-200 with 4K is $1,995 (list), including battery backup. For the 8/A-400 with 8K of core, list price is $2,795; with 16K, list is $3,795. Additional core modules are priced at $1,500 for 8K, and $2,500 for 16K. HEwLErrlPAcnRD "RECENT MINICOMPU'TER COMPEI'ITIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS" by Dave Carver Digital Equipment Corporation PDP 11/04 DEC has just introducted a sirniconductor memory version of the low end PDP 11105. Called the 11104, it is a minimum capability, low-priced computer aimed at dedicated control type applicatioris that require more I/O capability than hardwired controllers. It uses the same instruction set as the 11/05, and can accept all standard PDP 11 options. The 11/04 is mounted on one board instead of the t w o occupied by the 11/05, and is purported to be 20% faster than the 11/05. Mainframe size is 5 114 inches high, with nine slots. PRICING: The PDP-8 family has less processing power and I10 capability than the 11/04, and is for such applications as small test systems and special terminals. Deliveries of the new machines will not begin until July for Core, and September for RAM memory. HP is still the leader in semiconductor technology. Data General ECLIPSE Most of you have heard of the ECLIPSE, what Data General claims to be a major new product line. Here is the "Competitive Spec Sheet": There are t w o initial versions of the ECLIPSE, the S/100, aimed at the OEM market, and the S/200, intended for large systems applications. Both ECLIPSE models are priced substantially above the 21MX, and fall in the same general price range as the lVova 840 and DEC's 11/45. The major features of the ECI-IPSE are an optional error correction capability, cache semiconductor memory that may be interleaved, and a fast floating point processor (hardwired) that operates in parallel with the CPU. Core memory may also be interleaved up to eight ways. Data General NOVA 830 The 11/04 strengthens DEC's price advantage over the 2'1 MX in the low-end, minimum capability market vvhere the customer needs no features such as EAU, flclating point, and parity. The 11/04 is more densely packed than the 11/05, and appears to have more I10 real estate available. 3:ZK of Data General recently announced the Nova 830, which is nothing more than a Nova 840 repackaged with slower, cheaper 16K core memory modules. The 840 uses only 8K modules, priced at $3,200 per 8K with 800 nanosecond cycle time. The 830 uses 16K, 1000 nanosecond modules priced at $3,500 per 16K. As with the 840, parity is not available on the 830, and maximum memory is 128K words. Nova 830 prices are identical to the "future" Nova price curves distributed during the October New Product Tour. (Continued on page 8) "RECENT MINICOMPUTER COMPETITIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS" - (Continued from page 7) 51460 Price Bll,@O (1 6K Cwe, EAU) With [email protected]: With memury management and [email protected]: t6,g00 SIMO $16.= 21,300 Not Availsble 24,600 Pro 16 bits 4 accumulators, two of which Registers act as f &x 16 Memory Registers Hardware Stack Direat addreseing of 32K words. Multilevel indirect. indexed and immediate also available. Totel ancements: rnetic (EAUI: Srandard t: $C,m $71 00 - 32K words - SfZOO 128K words CORE: $2,7Ml per 8K Semi~ondwctorwith cache: $4,200 per 8K lnterMng): CORE: up t o 8 way Semiconductor: up t o 4 way CORE: 800 ns Semiconctu~ior: 700 ns with 200 ns cache memory ion): 5 bits per word; Cost: $?,ooa,plus $1.oOo per 8K of memory Pcvaikabl$with CORE or Semiconductor memory. "RECENT MINICOMPUTER COMPETITIVE ANNO'UNCEMENTS" - (Continued from page 8) bit word count register in DEC's tape controller, the largest data block that can be read, or written, is limited t o 2048 bytes. When talking about IBM compatiblity, block transfers of 7200 bytes are common (1 track of an IBM 2314 disc drive). H L w L r n f i K A R D SELL HP! 3000 MPE C O N TEST SITE by Jean-Michel Gabet The first test site for MPE Version C has been one of the t w o 3000's used in the Cupertino plant for production and order processing. Although some problems were discovered and fixed through running the Operating System in that environment, the reaction of its users was extremely favorable. The use of the spooling facilities has increased the work they can accomplish as well as removing some of the burdens of controlling the way their jobs were running. Line printer permanent availability is the simple, most appreciated feature when running in session mode. Also batch users find it very convenient to feed a spooled card reader, have these read and walk out confident that the job will be automatically scheduled t o run without any more human intervention. For those users who don't like punched cards manipulation, the STREAM command has been found very useful, still leaving terminals ready for further use. The reception of this new system was good enough to prompt users of the nearby 3000 t o insist that their system too be run on Version C. On the operation management aspect of the test, it has been reported that because batch is not hand fed the system shows less idle CPU time, that is more efficiency in CPU utilization and more throughput. Comments also were made to the effect that the new system had successfully managed t o give the console operator many means to control and modify system load and activity when and if it is so desired. This testing was conducted in a production environment which by essence is not a "forgiving" one and which cannot afford too much downtime. If this reception of the new MPE by those users is a forerunner of the one that our customers will experience, the results should certainly be encouraging. H E W L E ~ ~ K A R D ANNOUNCING THE M / 2 8 0 SALES ORDER PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH ON-TOP by Barry Klaas MAG TAPES - DID YOU KNOW by Dave Bowers Here is a piece of information tha't can be used t o lock-out DEC tape drive competition. Because of a 10 1 Now you can offer the MI280 Data Management System, a sales order processing system complete with application software. The MI280 can now be ordered for a price of $70,235. The MI280 is a merchandising extension of the Ml260, 19655B, which has n o w been configured to include options and components that serve sales order processing requirements. The (Continued on page 10) MI280 2000MX Datu Mailayernent Syrtein Penny Hanney of Ciipertino portrays entry of order information on the 2640 termindl wriile the 2762A p i i r ~ t stht. picking list and the 72987A piirits the invoice Not shown is the 2675A console Sell the M/280 to big indu\ti y execijtives ANNOUNCING THE MI280 SALES ORDER PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH ON-TOP - (Continued from page 9) object~veof the M/280 introduction is t o help you sell more DOS systems. A new Data Systems promotion approach for the MI280 will be used--90,000 copies of the 8 page sales brochure will be distributed t o the readers of lnfosystems via the January Issue. The combinatlon of O N TOP and 2000MX Data Management Systems answers botti hardware and application software needs of users Model/Option Number 196556 Featuring the HP 21 M X minicomputer, The new MI280 Data Management Systern provides an on-line, multiple terminal DOS solution t o sales order processing problems. Utilizing ON-TOP, HP's new sales order processing application software, users can n o w put their order processing fcrnction on-line while minimizing any programming costs. The lLl1280 with the ON-TOP (On-line Ternrina Order Processor) software provides an easy, orie-step means of handling all of the sales order information processing functions normally encountered in business. sales order entry, order update, order inquiry; customer ~ ~ p d a t e ; product and product line inquiry; pick list printing; Invoicing; quoting, iriitiation of credit mernos; sales activity analysis. During order entry operations, the system w ~ l lperform pricing, allocate inventory, total orders, check credit, and print pick lists and invoices. Logging and recovery as well as several batch programs are included. The ON-TOP software, working w i t h the HP MI280 2000MX Data Management Systern, can handle u p to ten intcractve order processing terminals, local or remote. Description BMMC Service Basic system ~ncludes HP 2108A M I 2 0 24K word mleroprogramable processor, paper tape reader, 2762A terminal printer, 4.9 rnbyte d~sc,1600 BPI magnetic tape, system table, double bay cabinet, disc operating system software. IMAGEj2000 software. -162 Expands memory to 32K -214 Multiple port I10 extender, 12979A -305 ON-TOP, sales order processing software. 24386A 243428 Purchase, Price TCS, terminal control system software 12987A Line printer, 200 LPM (Coritinued on page 1 11 ANNOUNCING THE MI280 SALES ORDER PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH ON-TOP - (Continued from page 10) I ON-TOP now appears on the Corporate Price List and Data Systems Availability Schedule. ON-TOP is distributed in source form. ON-TOP uses single channel terminal drivers and individual terminal interface cards rather than logicallphysical drivers and multiplexer. LITERATURE AND PROMOTION I W280 OPTIONS Tne Mi280 B r o c h ~ r e ,Oh-TOP Data Snee~,and S a r s Training Manual are being distributed to the field. As mentioned, the MI280 Brochure is being distributed to the 90,000 readers of Infosystems as a removable insert in the Januarv issue. Also available is extensive ON-TOP Reference Manual (24386-90001) explaining the details of executing ON-TOP and an ON-TOP Technical Manual (2438690002) encompassing software installing instructions, program narratives and source listings. Remember, using an MI280 with ON-TOP, your customer can get up-and-running fast, reducing application development expense and time to become operational. HEwLEmJmcmnD WHO'S PLAYING 2ND FIDDLE NOW? by Bob Kadarauch The following appeared in December 16 issue of Electronic News: Specific customer configuration requirements oi:her than the above may also be satisfied by building from the basic 19655B or 19657B with other combination:^ of options and components. DOS Ill, TCS, IMAGE/2000, 32K Memory, and hardcopy printing are requirements in any such system. ON-TOP SOFTWARE ON-TOP, sales order processing application software, is offered for $1,500 as option 305 o n 196558. Alone, ON-TOP may be ordered as follows: 24386A ON-TOP. Requires a DOS I I I based system with IMAGEi2000 end TCS. Prwided on paper tape. $3,000 -tMt Provided on 1600 BPI magnetic tape n/e -101 Provided on 880 BPi magnettc tepe nlc Competition over CRT terminals made b y minicomputer manufacturers promises t o heat t o a new intensity early next year when Digital Equipment comes out with a VT-51 programmable CRT incorporating a copier unit that produces a paper record of screen display information. The new CRT from DEC is said t o represent direct competition for the recently-introduced 2640 intelligent CRT from Hewlett-Packard, which is believed t o planning a copier offering for its terminal. Go get those customers NOW, why wait for DEC? HEwLErrJ.wcKAnD HP BEATS IBM by Eric Grandjean W h o said ~tcouldn't be done? Conaratulat~onst o Denls Ferland of St. Louis w h o didn't selyone, b u t TWO 3000 svstems last m o n t h - ~ I Custorneri checking out The Yew 96MXSystern. One of these systems was purchased by Nooter Corporation of S t . Louis, makers o f large steel and alloy plat boilers. Impressively enough, the decision at Nooter t o g o the 3000 was made by a man w h o was Manager of "Common", and I B M user's group in the St. Louis area. Our 3000 system will replace their 1130 as well'as an I B M 360120. The other 3000 system was ordered b y Warren and Van Praag, a well established civil engineering consulting firm, also located ~n St. Louis. This will be their first in-house computer; they have been using Time Share services until n o w . Tom Roberts talking ubout The 21MX. Breaking into the A t o m ~ cEnergy Corrrmiss~on'slargest facility in Oakridge, Tennessee, is n o small task The rewards of success are large sales t o one of the country's largest m ~ r ~ i c o m p u t eusers. r To keep the momentum going In HP's sales effort, Tom Roberts In Atlanta, put together a major HP cornputer capab~lities 1 96MX product Ihne, Distr~huted Systems, and.. HP's Fourier Analyzer Ttie presentatior! Included Russ Stewart, Dennis McGini,, Emil Ar,jrnoonie, Gerald Prlebe, and Ker, Posse a f r o m HP Atlanta, and Jim Schmidt and Bob Kresek of Cupertirio HP's f r s t orders from U n ~ o r iC a r b d r Oakridge should be comlng 11) the next co~uplemonttis. w E w , . m r f i * ~ h , ~ P ? a A A 3. What software and manuals are available, compatible, and shipped with each of our software systems. D 4. Cross reference guides relating hardware devices and their manuals t o required interfaces. LISTINGS AVAILABLE FOR BASIC CON'TRIBllTED I-IBRARY 5. Cross reference guides linking hardware devices to available drivers. by Ginny Loyola The document providing the information is titled "Documentation Index". A new option is n o w offered t o Time-share and other HP BASIC users. Who Gets It Customers can buy listings of all the BASIC Contributed Library programs in bulk form as follows: Each field office worldwide supporting Data Systems products Distribution Frequency - monthly and it is mailed under the Librarian label. H E W L ~ ~ P * C X * R D THE CANADIAN CHAIN by P. Danzer-Rarnirez Don Thornson has been ~ l a n n i n qan HP computer chain in B.C.! His most recknt sale, a 2000F system t o Vancouver City College, is a link in this chain, Please note that listings for a single program are not separately available. TSBi2000E and 9830 users (and Other custO'ners without mag tape capability) will find these listings useful to convert TSBi2000F Droqrams for use on their . equip ment . " E W LE ~ ~ P * C X * R D AN ESP GUIDE TO SOFWAIIE AND MANUALS by Chuck Ackerrnan DATA SYSTEMS DOCUMENTATIO INDEX -- WHAT IS IT?? WHAT GOOD IS IT?? WHO GETS IT?? What Is lt/What Good Is It In your support of Data Systems products, have you needed information on: a 1. Complete lists of Data Systems product manuals, current and obsolete, sorted by part number, rriodel number and manual type, (i.e., languages, applications, operating and service interface, operating guides, subsystems, etc.) 2. C o m ~ l e t e lists of current supported divisional software products and associated part numbers for both the 2000 and 3000 product line. Reference selling is the basis for Don's plan. Once an HP system is installed in an area, other prospects can be shown HP's capabilities. I For examole. Vancouver City Colleqe 113,000 enrollment) had been buying time'from the IBM system at Simon Frasier University. The operating system was very unreliable, the response time poor, and the expenses were high. Don arranged for a terminal to be brought to the college which was hooked into the 2000F at the Vancouver School Board. Thus, t w o terminals operating from these t w o different systems were placed side by side and compared for response time and reliability for a three month period. The resulting typical response time for the HP system was less than one second, the IBM system was five to six seconds. In addition to good reliability and response time, the college wanted a system with extensive application software and a large program library. Some time ago, Don had Carol Scheifele demonstrate IDF capabilities. At their own expense, Vancouver City College sent their CAI coordinator t o Cupertino who worked with Don Lund for three days to learn more about IDF, PILOT and Coursewriter. Impressed by these features and satisfied that a 2000F could meet all their needs, the college placed their order (Continued on page 14) THE CANADIAN CHAIN - (Continued from page 13) in October and the system was installed the first week of December. They've ordered a plotter and nine terminals with their system and plan t o expand to 32 tgrminals in the near future. They're also a candidate for a 3000 system t o replace the Honeywell 200 presently used for administrative applications. DEMO CENTER ORGANIZED by Stan Shell Already the college is a reference account for t w o community colleges in the Vancouver area. These t w o schools are starting t o get ports into the system and Don plans t o continue the chain and sell them their o w n computer system--soon! ~~~LETT~PACXARD - CURRICULUM PROJECT NEWS! by P. Danzer- Ramirez The last book set in the secondary math Curr~culum Project book series has just been released. Entitled Finite Mathematical Systems, this set conslsts of a Student Text and a corresponding Teacher's Notes. The books were authored by Charles H . Lund of the St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, Minnesota F-roi~tR O M :St1111St1~11, f j o t ~I.!!/dsu,s,SUIIIljoot, L I I I l~l u i ~ L)lli I> Because f i n ~ t e systems often are not covered by standard textbooks, or are only covered br~efly,the subject matter is discussed q u t e thoroughly, Including pencil-and-paper exercises in addition to computeroriented exercises The unlt b e g ~ n swith a review of some important properties f r o m the system of whole numbers and then branches off Into a svstem without nurrrbers Each section is written on a "stand alone" bas~c,allowing teachers considerable flexibility in assignments dependn g upon student ability and mater~alsava~lable As w ~ t hthe other Computer Curr~culumProject books, Flnite Mathematical Systems was designed to p r o v ~ d e students w i t h an opportunity t o use a coniputer as a problem-solving tool within a particular subject area and to provide teachers w ~ t hproblems, solutions and ideas t o better "enrich" their instructional endeavors P r ~ c e d at $3.00 each, Finite M a t h e n ~ t i c a l Systerns (Order number 5951-5603 for the Student Text, and 5951-5604 for the Teacher's Notes) can t ~ c : ordered from: Hewlett-Packard Company Curriculum Project 333 Logue Avenue Mountain View, CA 94043 Orders under $20.00 lnust riclude paymerit. 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Alice Blurn, our new secretary, will be intercepting your calls if both lines are busy. Alice just joined Systems Engineering after being with Technical Publications for 3 years. Madeline Lornbaerde and Ralph White have spent the last few weeks setting up in the HP 3000 SE support role. You can contact them any way you want -- phone, TWX, letter or personal visit and ask them for any kind of software support or help you need to close some HP 3000 business. In most cases, they w~illtry to fulfill your request personally, drawing on their wide HP 3000 experience and factory contacts. If they cannot solve your problem themselves, they will pass it on to someone who can; but final respor\sibility for getting you an answer stays with them. Alan Mitchell, the 3rd member of the support team, will continue to be responsible for providing a strong HP contribution to the HP 3000 Users Group, a job in which he has been held in hiqh esteem for the past year. Alan is also about to set up-a much improved and expanded HP 3000 Contributed Library, so if you have any ideas . you feel strongly about, let him know ( ~ 2 8 6 6 )Watch this space for more news. The remainder of the HP 3000 Group will be operating in a project-mode to ensure that future software products come to you with full support and documentation. Once again, if you have any ideas you feel strongly about in this area, let me know. 'Stan Shell is putting the final touches to a Demo-Center Policy. Watch this space. H E W L E T T ~ P A C X I R D Page Madeline was with ltel Leasing at one time and has a C ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Ralph ~ C has good S P L ~ F O R T R A N ~ Sbackground. a more commercial bias and has worked in the Applications Group for 2-112 years before coming to Systems Engineering. (Ralph wrote l ~ l S l 3 0 0 0and some financial-type packages.) So, if you need technical info, a demo', got problems with a benchmark, or anything else; contact Ralph or Madeline. They are waiting for your call. This service is available world-wide. Bob Johnson Lornbaerde Orly Larson Alan M~tchell D ~ c kSleght Bob Strand Bob Unanski Jim Willits CUSTOMER MAINTENANCE TRAINING SCHEDULE by Tom Lowe Some changes have been made to the Maintenance Training Schedule published in the Data Systems Newsletter of October 15. The 21MX course announced for the week of March 24-28 has been postponed one week due to the holiday, and w ~ l lnow stalt March 31. A 7970B course will be conducted dur~ngthe week of March 17 to 21. P r ~ n t e dIn U . S . A .
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