Users Group on Microprocessor Support (UGMS)
Chris Parkman ECP/ESS and Ludwig Pregernig CN/CE
At a recent UGMS meeting, participants qualified UGMS as an excellent forum for information exchange on microprocessor related issues and you, too (although not a UGMS member) can contribute to and benefit from this exchange, and here is how.
At first, a few words about UGMS. The group's mandate (as defined by MACCSE, the Management Advisory Committee on Computing Support for Engineers) is to advice the central support team (CN/CE-MS, also known as ``PRIAM'': Project Interdivisionel d'Assistance aux Microprocesseurs) on support requests, and to foster the exchange of information among microprocessor users. Currently, its members come from accelerator (4 members) and research divisions (8 members), from TIS (Technical Inspection and Safety, 1 member), and from the service providers (CN/CE, 3 members). They meet about five times per year. UGMS covers a wide field of topics, ranging from microprocessor chips (e.g.; Digital-Signal Processors, embedded controllers), over embedded systems (e.g.; VME) to software issues (e.g.; operating systems, development software, etc.).
You can easily benefit from the work of this group. Just call (or send an e-mail to) the UGMS member of your choice, if you are looking for information or advice in the area which UGMS covers. Somebody else might already have worked in the same field as you, or maybe has encountered a similar problem and found a solution. Even if an immediate answer to a specific problem cannot be found, UGMS, most likely, can get you into contact with other people working in the same or a similar field, who would share their information with you. And sharing information with others is your way to contribute. If you have any particular experience on, new products, new methods, or if you have experienced specific problems on a project, let UGMS know about it, so that other people can benefit from your experience. For your convenience, here is the current UGMS member list: