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Preparations for the Year 2000 at the James R. Macdonald Laboratory.
This page remains here merely as a curious historical artifact.
Don't be surprised when the links don't work!
FLASH: It's 0100 hrs on 01 January 2000 and we're still here! (We told you so! :-)


Generally speaking, the JRM Lab has no systems critical to either human safety or equipment protection that are sensitive to computer clock functions. We therefore have little to fear from the so-called "Millennium Bug". Nevertheless, we have looked into our systems in some detail to guarantee smooth operation of the lab into the coming year.

Presented below is an outline of the Y2K status of all our major computer systems and computer-driven facilities. Hyperlinks in this outline typically point directly to the relevant Y2K statements made available by the developers of the software or the manufacturers of the equipment.

Any systems not listed are systems with either no computer dependencies or systems that are the responsibility of the University. Our 1950s vintage Tandem van de Graaff, for instance, has no computer controls, and the power used to run it is provided by KSU (literally, since the Tandem is on the "old power" inner campus distribution net).


  • Computer Hardware and Operating Systems

    • PDP-11 and RSX-11M

      Digital transferred control of their PDP-11 and RSX properties to Mentec in 1994. The Linac control computer uses these systems running specialized Fortran programming. RSX does not generally set the real-time clock correctly after 01 Jan 2000, but the effects are limited to convenience time-stamping functions. These venerable components will likely be replaced by our new Vista-derived system by Spring 2000 anyway.

    • MicroVaxes and VMS

      Compaq verifies that there are no issues with our VMS -based systems. This is true of Compaq Fortran as well. We should thus have no problems with data acquisition or analysis.

    • Motorola MVME Front-Ends and pSOS+

      Motorola reports no problems with our data-acquisition front-end preprocessors. They run the pSOS+ real-time OS, which is certified by Integrated Systems.

    • Sun Servers and Solaris

      The departmental unix system is the responsibility of the Physics Computing Support Center. We rely on this system for network connectivity and C language cross-compilations. Sun reports that both our Ultra 10s and our SparcStation 5s are compliant, and that our current patch level of Solaris will keep working.

    • Intel-based PCs and Win32/NDS

      There are generally no hardware issues with Intel microprocessors and motherboards; there are issues with some older BIOSes. Similarly, when run at the latest patch levels there should be no problem with Microsoft Windows NT Server, Windows NT Workstation, or Windows 95/98. The vast majority of our machines are running NT along with Novell Directory Services. We have checked the older machines running Win95 for specialized tasks to insure their operation, and have spot-checked a representative sample of NT boxes. No problems were found.





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