CSIRO Computing History, Appendix 5: References

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Robert C. Bell

Appendix 5: References

References

  1. Austin, B.J., Holden, T.S. and Hudson, R.H. (1967)
    DAD, the C.S.I.R.O. Operating System
    CACM vol 10, no. 9. Sep.
  2. Willis, J. B. and Deane, J. F., 2006 “Trevor Pearcey and the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?”.  Historical Records of Australian Science, Vol 17, no. 2, pp 209-255.
  3. CSIRO DCR Newsletter no. 42
  4. Gilbert, C.D. (1975)
    The Evolution of Csironet
    ?
  5. McCann, Doug & Thorne, Peter (2000)

The last of the first
(Available on-line at https://cis.unimelb.edu.au/about/csirac/the-last-of-the-first-csirac-ebook.pdf ).

Pearcey, T (1988)
A History of Australian Computing.
CSIRO Library 004.0994 Pea

Bennett, J.M. et. al. (ed) (1994)
Computing in Australia – The Development of a Profession
Hale & Iremonger in association with the Australian Computer Society Inc.

Webb, E.K. (ed) (1997)
Windows on Meteorology
CSIRO Australia

Garratt, J.R. et al (1998)
Winds of Change
CSIRO Australia

 

Philipson, G. (2017)
A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing
https://www.technologyonecorp.com/media/documents/vision-splendid/A-Vision-Splendid_The-History-of-Australian-Computing.pdf

 

CDC 7600
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDC_7600

Annual report

CSIRO (Australia). Division of Computing Research.
1968-84
on-line
https://discovery.csiro.au/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=CSIRO1179819780001981&context=L&vid=CSIRO&lang=en_US&search_scope=All&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=default&query=any,contains,CSIRO%20Division%20of%20Computing%20Research%20Annual%20Report&offset=0

 

 Trevor Pearcey CSIRO PH file at NAA part 1 and part 2

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=11589409

National Library – Trove

A search for CSIRO Division of Computing Research led to

Pictures, photos, objects

This contains pictures from the 1950s to 1980s of CSIRAC, DCR, and the logic diagrams for CSIRO Mk 1.  It also includes correspondence from the University of Melbourne concerning CSIRAC from 1956-1963 – these letters show the wide variety of interests in using CSIRAC – e.g. the United Permanent Building Society asking for repayment calculations.

 

CSIRO Division of Computing Research
Annual reports: 1967-68 to 1983-84
https://ap01-a.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/view/delivery/61CSIRO_INST/1279819770001981

CSIRO Computing Research Section, Division of Computing Research and CSIRONET Newsletters

Below is a list of tagged items on interest in these newsletters, in addition to the ones already highlighted in chapter 2.  (These tags are attached to Rob. Bell’s paper copies, to allow easy access to items of particular interest.)  CSIRO libraries provided scans of newsletters 1-5, 7, 8, and 10, while Rob Bell has scanned 6, 9, 11-27, 32, 37, 42, 47, 54, 61, 67, 69, 78, 92, and part of 154.  Some of these are accessible from these web pages.  A request has been made to CSIRO libraries to scan the complete set.

Serial_Number Date Tag
13. 1-6-1966 DAD outline
15. 1-8-1966 Pictorial information
17. 1-10-1966 DAD Accounting
17. 1-10-1966 DAD storage costs $7.50/Mbyte
21. 1-3-1967 Saving documents
25. 1-7-1967 Long jobs – scheduling
27. 1-9-1967 Disc files
27. 1-9-1967 Saving documents on drum – FLUSH
28. 1-10-1967 CRS -> DCR
28. 1-10-1967 Document saving, flush
30. 1-12-1967 Documents in DAD
30. 1-12-1967 DAD – CACM
30. 1-12-1967 Charges
30. 1-12-1967 3200 disc access
32. 1-3-1968 DISCDOCS
34. 1-5-1968 PDP-8 and network
34. 1-5-1968 Disc control statements
34. 1-5-1968 Disc cleaned at weekends
34. 1-5-1968 FRED – editing program
35. 1-6-1968 DRLIST
36. 1-7-1968 Pearcey – talk
36. 1-7-1968 Charge increase
37. 1-8-1968 Pearcey – leave
37. 1-8-1968 Disc saving
38. 1-9-1968 Remote teletypes
39. 1-10-1968 FRED enhancements
40. 1-11-1968 Random Access
40. 1-11-1968 John O’Callaghan
40. 1-11-1968 COSY (COmpressed SYmbol – source code maintenance)
41. 1-12-1968 Brian Austin departure
41. 1-12-1968 Robin Stanton commencement
42. 1-2-1969 Picture Language Conference
42. 1-2-1969 3600 disc expunge
43. 1-3-1969 Scheduling
45. 1-5-1969 Librarian seeking mathematicians
46. 1-6-1969 Secondary Schools Conference
46. 1-6-1969 Link – Clayton-Highett
47. 1-7-1969 DAD – lecture
47. 1-7-1969 Flushing
48. 1-8-1969 Small computers
48. 1-8-1969 Pearcey – paper
48. 1-8-1969 Migration of files: drum to disc
49. 1-9-1969 Tape holdings
49. 1-9-1969 HP minis
53. 1-1970 Charging for overheads
53. 1-1970 Charging – pictures
53. 1-1970 Destroying documents
54. 2-1970 Disc storage charges
54. 2-1970 DFLOCATE command no longer updates activity date (clobber of “touch” command)
54. 2-1970 Disc access improvements
54. 2-1970 Disc storage charges
54. 2-1970 $202/Mbyte/month
54. 2-1970 Access to CDC 6600
61. 9-1970 Pearcey return
61. 9-1970 Flush – disc
61. 9-1970 Miss Australia entrant
62. 10-1970 Non-CSIRO usage
62. 10-1970 Network – expansion to interstate
64. 12-1970 Disc – charging change
65. 1-1971 Network hardware ordered
66. 2-1971 Pearcey departure for CDA
67. 3-1971 Weekend time, scheduling, turnaround
67. 3-1971 Flushing action – graph
67. 3-1971 HSM – file profiles
67. 3-1971 Network diagram
69. 5-1971 Disc documents copied to tape before flushing – HSM
70. 6-1971 Ewens to install DAD on CDC system in US
70. 6-1971 Computing charges
78. 2-1972 Unified document storage – HSM
78. 2-1972 Archive and automatic retrieval
79. 3-1972 FRED intro
79. 3-1973 Network project
80. 4-1972 Network in place
80. 4-1972 Network dubbed CSIRONET
80. 4-1972 Unified document system in use
Sheet 4-1972 Random Access Storage
82. 6-1972 Unified Document system expansion
83. 7-1972 Talk on document management
84. 8-1972 Scheduling – graduated priority
85. 10-1972 TED – a great new way to edit
86. 11-1972 Life – Conway cell game
87. 12-1972 Cyber 76
87. 12-1972 CSIRONET diagram
87. 12-1972 DFSSAVE – flush to tape
89 2-1973 Recent hardware problems (moving)
91. 4-1973 3600 relocation – 5-day outage
92. 5-1973 Document retention and archive
92. 5-1973 Document charging – by size x retention_period
92. 5-1973 Documents – automatic retrieval = HSM
93. 6-1973 Documents – no automatic retrieval for console access
93. 6-1973 “Bank-book” charging
95. 8-1973 SCOPE 2 permanent files
96. 9-1973 Cyber 76 and CSIRONET report
97. 10/11-1973 ARCHMOD – suppress automatic retrieval
97. 10/11-1973 DAD wind-down – disc removal
98. 12-1973 A letter from the Chief …
98. 12-1973 CYBARITES
101. 3-1974 PF purging
104. 6-1974 DCR orders two Cyber 172s
105. 7-1974 Mass storage
105. 7-1974 Charge $100/Mbyte/month
105. 7-1974 Purging
107. 9-1974 Cyber 76 files
107. 9-1974 Archiving – no, flush – yes
107. 9-1974 10th anniversary – pictures
109. 11-1974 48 kbit/s line
109. 11-1974 Art
110. 12-1974 PF rules
111. 1/2-1975 COM Unit is Ordered
113. 4-1975 PF management – small files and the use of UPDATE
113. 4-1975 DCR has mangled my files
114. 5-1975 FLUSH
114. 5-1975 Building extension
115. 6-1975 Building extension
116. 7-1975 COM arrives
116. 7-1975 PF IDs
116. 7-1975 System disc increased – big files held for about one day
120. 11-1975 Cyber FS to be supplemented by an archive/retrieve procedure currently under development.
120. 11-1975 3600 phase-out
120. 11-1975 DR retrieval delays
121. 12-1975 DAD DR only for temporary storage
122. 1/2-1976 CSIRONET map
123. 3-1976 Job priorities, CPU slicing
124. 4-1976 Interactive charge based on number of concurrent users
124. 4-1976 3600 decommissioning, DR archiving
124. 4-1976 DRBACKUP – TED box program
124. 4-1976 Charging policy lecture
124. 4-1976 Minister Jim Webster visit
125. 5-1976 PF Common Set – no backup
126. 6-1976 DRBACKUP
127. 7-1976 DR charge increase by 80%
128. 8-1976 CSIRONET T-shirt
129. 9-1976 Microfiche save printing time/costs: total printing about 140,000 pages per day (56 boxes!)
130. 10/11-1976 ED – editor on Cyber 76
131. 12-1976 3600 phase-out
132. 1/2-1977 ED
133. 3-1977 Divisional reorganisation
135. 5-1977 ED replaces TED – TED removed on 16 May 1977
136. 6/7-1977 New Chief – Peter Claringbold
138. 12-1977 Automated archive service under investigation
140. 4-1978 FLUSH interrogation
140. 4-1978 Card punching and archival storage
143. 10-1978 Letter, R. Bell, charge increase
145. 2-1979 FACOM project
146. 4-1979 Letter, R. Bell, Some ED Thoughts
147. 6-1979 Hardware Aspects of CSIRONET, including CSIRONET Terminal growth
147. 6-1979 ED contests
148. 8-1979 R Bell visit
148. 8-1979 R Dakin commencement and Calcomp ATL
149. 10-1979 Columnist Peter Heweston joins DCR
150. 12-1979 Disc storage usage
150. 12-1979 Stings and Things by Scorpio (pseudonym for R. Bell) – first column
151. 1-1980 ATL
152. 4-1980 New computer hall
152. 4-1980 Cost of Computing
152. 4-1980 Unused hours
153. 6-1980 Cyber 76 and new Cyber 700 and SCOPE 2
154. 8-1980 ATL install
154. 8-1980 ATL photos
155. 10-1980 CSIRONET NEWS replaces DCR NEWSLETTER
155. 10-1980 VLSI Design Section
158. 4-1981 Record number of Cyber-76 Users – 160 interactive users and 57 batch peripherals
159. 6-1981 Terabit File Store Facilities
161. 10-1981 Computing perspectives, including resources allocation and charging
161. 10-1981 Kaye Challis departure
162. 12-1981 Calculating Artefacts – Peter Heweston
163. 2-1982 ATL relocation
163. 2-1982 Chief on a hot tin roof
164. 4-1982 TFS for DCR staff
166. 8-1982 Stings and Things – FSes – tree-structured, HSM and long filenames
169. 2-1983 Cyber 205 announcement and specifications
171. 6-1983 TFS on M-180
171. 6-1983 Globalisation of Csironet
172. 8-1983 Letter – daily computer use and Csironet – Art Raiche
172. 8-1983 Last ‘Stings and Things’ by Scorpio – R. Bell
172. 8-1983 20 years of DCR – Elliott 803
173. 10-1983 First Cassandra column – Charles Johnson
175. 2-1984 TFS production
175. 2-1984 TFS charges 0.16c/Mbyte/month c.f. disk $5.98/Mbyte/month
176. 4-1984 Csironet to be more commercially independent: review outcomes
177. 6-1984 Cyber 205 news
177. 6-1984 Cyber 205 arrival – pictures
178. 8-1984 Cyber 205 experiences – R. Bell
179. 10-1984 Cyber 205 launch – Barry Jones and Keith Boardman
179. 10-1984 Henry Hudson: in memorium
180. 12-1984 Csironet User Groups
181. 2-1985 CSIRONET Comes of Age – automonous
181. 2-1985 CSIRONET Mail System
181. 2-1985 CSIRONET The case of the slow 205
181. 2-1985 CSIRONET User Groups
181. 2-1985 Cyber 205: Global Weather Prediction: Bryant J McAvaney
181. 2-1985 TATTACH procedure – Rob. Bell
182. 4-1985 Cyber 76 decommissioning
182. 4-1985 DSIR takes steps towards supercomputing
183. 6-1985 Marketing Milestones – Telecom contract
183. 6-1985 CSIRONET Board of Management
183. 6-1985 Cyber 205 file storage and backup
183. 6-1985 The Phantom Circuit – Peter Heweston – new column
183. 6-1985 Senior Adviser – John O’Callaghan
184. 8-1985 UNIX on CSIRONET workstations
184. 8-1985 CSIRONET Motion Picture
184. 8-1985 DIT Chief – Dr G E Thomas
185. 10-1985 Last chance to leave the Cyber 76
185. 10-1985 The Phantom Circuit: “move to UNIX – last OS move we all make”
186. 12-1985 Farewell to the Cyber 76
187. 3-1986 *MAIL comes of age – charges
187. 3-1986 Operating System Upgrade for Cyber 205 – Dave Micklethwaite – allows > 1 job per user!
187. 3-1986 A User’s Experience of the Cyber 205 – Bob Gingold
188. 5-1986 CSIRONET Management Restructuring – Peter CLaringbold retires
189. 7-1986 *MAIL – Making Life Easier – R. Bell
189. 7-1986 Archive your files on the TFS: charges -> (10c/file+40c/Mbyte)/month.
189. 7-1986 Big Changes for CSIRONET News – no technical material
190. 9-1986 Management of Cyber 205 changed
190. 9-1986 Picture: Peter Price, Roger Brown et al
190. 9-1986 Cyber 205 system upgrade – array bounds checking, strip-mining of loops
190. 9-1986 Ovens River bridge designed
190. 9-1986 Network 15th birthday
190. 9-1986 Charles Johnson consultant
191. 12-1986 JIS chooses CSIRONET
192. 3-1987 Network Automation formed
192. 3-1987 ULTRANODE
192. 3-1987 Supercomputing with CSIRONET – Cyber 205 purchased, util -> 80%
193. Winter-1987 Preparing for commercialisation
193. Winter-1987 Csironet advertisement – Sussan case-study
194. Spring-1987  CSIRONET Commercialisation Announced – publicly unlisted company owned jointly by Idaps Australia Limited and CSIRO

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