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== Year 1980 ==

|| Jan ||<-7> ROE, RGO VAXs delivered. ||
|| ||<-7> Many sites expressed dismay at the prospect of Versatecs only, without lineprinters. It was hoped that sufficient funds would be available for a cheap printer at each site. ||
|| ||<-7> Order placed for SIGMA ARGS displays. ||
|| ||<-7> Bob Dickens joined Starlink as Head of Starlink (half time). ||
|| ||<-7> RAL Estimates (80/81) and Forward Look: ||
|| || DMY || 8 || 8 || 8 || 7 || 6 || 6 ||
|| || Staff costs/overhead || 114 || || || || || ||
|| || Recurrent || 351 || || || || || ||
|| || Capital || 650 || || || || || ||
|| || Total || 1115 || 461 || 527 || 529 || 502 || 440 ||
|| Feb 6 ||<-7> Outline specification of Starlink environment issued (SAG/3/80). ||
|| 11 ||<-7> SAG/4: Most sites felt a lineprinter was needed. Site managers approved - Dave Terrett (MAN), Sid Wright (UCL), Dave King (RGO), Carol Robinson (CAM).||
|| 14 ||<-7> SMM/2 (RAL) ||
|| ||<-7> CAM, MAN VAXs delivered. ||
|| Mar 4 ||<-7> Dave Pearce joined Starlink at RL as assistant to Lawden. ||
|| 22 ||<-7> Draft application programmer environmental description issued. ||
|| 28 ||<-7> 1st Starlink Software Release. ||
|| ||<-7> Bridget Astridge (Starlink secretary RAL) left Starlink. ||
|| 31 ||<-7> Bob Fosbury became the first registered Starlink `User' when he signed up at RGO (6 weeks before Barry Kent - claimed as first user in Bul 3). ||
|| Apr 1 ||<-7> Starlink started as a standard project within Computing Division, RL. ||
|| ||<-7> Starlink officially began offering a service to users. ||
|| 15 ||<-7> Dave Pearce moved to work on System Software under Walter. ||
|| 28 ||<-7> SAG/5: All 6 VAXs delivered; not yet running at RGO and MAN. ||
|| ||<-7> Starlink Bulletin 1 (ENTERPRISE) issued. ||
|| ||<-7> Slavka Cole joined Starlink part time as Starlink Secretary RAL. ||
|| May 28 ||<-7> SMM/3 (ROE) ||
|| ||<-7> 1st SIGMA ARGS image display device installed at RAL. ||
|| Jun 27 ||<-7> SAG/6: Bernie McNally now Site Manager at ROE. Local Management Committees set up. ||
|| Jul ||<-7> Starlink Bulletin 2 issued. ||
|| ||<-7> VAX installation at MAN completed - last of the original 6 sites. ||
|| ||<-7> Sites started to communicate via DECNET at 2.4 Kbaud. Remote file access was the only facility supported. ||
|| ||<-7> Initial Site Managers were: CAM - Carol Robinson MAN - Dave Terrett RAL - Lorna Claringbold RGO - Dave King ROE - Bernie McNally UCL - Sid Wright ||
|| Aug ||<-7> Pavelin & Wallace attended `Image Processing in Astronomy' conference at JPL, and visited Kitt Peak, VLA, NRAO (Charlottesville), DEC (Boston). ||
|| Sep 1 ||<-7> Patrick Wallace joined Starlink at RL as Head of Applications Software. ||
|| 4 ||<-7> SMM/4 (CAM) ||
|| 23 ||<-7> 1st release of INTERIM software environment (first Starlink environment). ||
|| 29 ||<-7> Meeting to discuss End-User Environment (based on draft SGP/6 produced by Lawden). Decided that command language is to be designed by Walter & Wright (monitored by Shortridge). Timescale - Nov 80: Technical proposal produced; Dec 80: Primer presented to community; Feb 81; Ready. ||
|| ||<-7> Office moves at RAL caused by opening of R31. People have offices in R27 and R31. ||
|| Oct 6 ||<-7> Paper on "The development of Starlink Applications Software" issued. ||
|| 9 ||<-7> RAL Estimates (81/82) and Forward Look: ||
|| || DMY || 8 || 8 || 8 || 7 || 6 || 6 ||
|| || Staff costs/overhead || 112 || 112 || 112 || 98 || 84 || 84 ||
|| || Recurrent || 333 || 350 || 355 || 342 || 392 || 378 ||
|| || Total || 445 || 463 || 467 || 440 || 476 || 462 ||
|| 20 ||<-7> SAG/7: VMS 2.0 installed on RAL VAX. Decided not to buy Eigen video system. ||
|| 24 ||<-7> Grand Inauguration of Starlink at RAL by Mr D N MacFarlane, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Dept of Education and Science. ||
|| Nov ||<-7> Starlink Bulletin 3 issued, together with `Glossy Brochure'. ||
|| Dec 3 ||<-7> SMM/5 (RAL) ||

The Starlink Chronicle is rather long so it is divided into sections.

  • Site openings lists when each Starlink node was opened.

  • The dates when each node switched from VAX/VMS to Unix.

  • The milestones of the Starlink Project.

The detailed chronicle is broken into groups, each of a few years.

Starlink: Chronicle (last edited 2009-09-15 17:15:45 by MalcolmCurrie)