Goals of the User Migration Task Force
This task force was born in December 1993 with the reorganization of CERN CN Division. Its mandate is to coordinate the efforts put into migrating the interactive user community off the IBM/VM mainframe.
CN has started a gradual run-down of the CERNVM service in both the batch and the interactive areas. At the end of 1994, the machine will be reduced to half of its present capacity. This decision was taken after arranging that most of the BATCH usage by the LEP Collaborations be moved elsewhere by December 1994, as has been the case.
The UMTF (``User Migration Task Force'') has two years to complete its work since it is presently planned that the remaining VM/CMS service will be phased out at the end of 1996. In this time we must address and resolve the migration problems associated with the move of the interactive usage, mostly towards a UNIX Desktop environment.
The activities of the UMTF are available through WWW and will be published regularly through the standard channels (CERN newsgroups, Newsletters, user meetings, etc). You can find the information using your preferred WWW browser and navigating through:
The information you will find there concerns all the activities launched at CERN in order to propose an adequate interactive environment to the physics users who will move to UNIX-based systems, as well as what is going on in other HEP laboratories who are joining forces (in the HEPiX context) in similar efforts.
We will have a regular section in this Newsletter dedicated to these efforts. If you are interested in giving feedback or sharing your experience with us, please contact the author (Miguel.Marquina@cern.ch ).