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

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

Year 1980

Jan

ROE, RGO VAXs delivered.

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.

Order placed for SIGMA ARGS displays.

Bob Dickens joined Starlink as Head of Starlink (half time).

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

Outline specification of Starlink environment issued (SAG/3/80).

11

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

SMM/2 (RAL)

CAM, MAN VAXs delivered.

Mar 4

Dave Pearce joined Starlink at RL as assistant to Lawden.

22

Draft application programmer environmental description issued.

28

1st Starlink Software Release.

Bridget Astridge (Starlink secretary RAL) left Starlink.

31

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

Starlink started as a standard project within Computing Division, RL.

Starlink officially began offering a service to users.

15

Dave Pearce moved to work on System Software under Walter.

28

SAG/5: All 6 VAXs delivered; not yet running at RGO and MAN.

Starlink Bulletin 1 (ENTERPRISE) issued.

Slavka Cole joined Starlink part time as Starlink Secretary RAL.

May 28

SMM/3 (ROE)

1st SIGMA ARGS image display device installed at RAL.

Jun 27

SAG/6: Bernie McNally now Site Manager at ROE. Local Management Committees set up.

Jul

Starlink Bulletin 2 issued.

VAX installation at MAN completed - last of the original 6 sites.

Sites started to communicate via DECNET at 2.4 Kbaud. Remote file access was the only facility supported.

Initial Site Managers were: CAM - Carol Robinson MAN - Dave Terrett RAL - Lorna Claringbold RGO - Dave King ROE - Bernie McNally UCL - Sid Wright

Aug

Pavelin & Wallace attended `Image Processing in Astronomy' conference at JPL, and visited Kitt Peak, VLA, NRAO (Charlottesville), DEC (Boston).

Sep 1

Patrick Wallace joined Starlink at RL as Head of Applications Software.

4

SMM/4 (CAM)

23

1st release of INTERIM software environment (first Starlink environment).

29

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.

Office moves at RAL caused by opening of R31. People have offices in R27 and R31.

Oct 6

Paper on "The development of Starlink Applications Software" issued.

9

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

SAG/7: VMS 2.0 installed on RAL VAX. Decided not to buy Eigen video system.

24

Grand Inauguration of Starlink at RAL by Mr D N MacFarlane, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Dept of Education and Science.

Nov

Starlink Bulletin 3 issued, together with `Glossy Brochure'.

Dec 3

SMM/5 (RAL)