Support for PAW and PIAF
As announced in the last Computer News Letter, René Brun has left ASD group after the recent Program Library release (94B).
On behalf of the user community and his colleagues, I would like to extend sincere thanks to René for his many years of contributions to GEANT, PAW, PIAF and the vital underlying packages used in CERNLIB, such as HBOOK, ZBOOK, ZEBRA.
It is a pleasure to announce the arrival of Julian Bunn, known to many of you for his VXCERN support, into the ASD group, where he is now the PAW/PIAF project leader. This move, at a time when CN, like many divisions, is hard pressed for manpower, is a sign of a continuing committment by CN to support PAW and PIAF. As of 1 January 1995 the PAW/PIAF team will consist of Julian Bunn, Pascal Cheung-mon-chan, Olivier Couet, Nicole Cremel, François Dardare, Maarten Ballintijn and Fred James. Gunter Folger, of the Program Library team, now supports KUIP.
At the recent CN program of work meeting, the division fully recognized the importance of PAW/PIAF and to this end will seek to obtain in the new year a staff post for the team. Furthermore, an upgrade path for the PIAF hardware is being actively discussed and improvements are expected to be in place before the end of the year, with more likely coming during 1995.
Users of PAW can be assured that support and enhancements to the system will continue to be provided, but now with even greater emphasis on agreed user requirements. To this end, we are now soliciting input from all PAW users on areas of the PAW software in which they would like to see changes (see next article). This will help us set priorities for the coming year.