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Sverre Jarp IT/DI
All Divisions at CERN have by now created Web pages to inform
and track progress concerning Y2K compliance. IT and its services
can be reviewed at
In this article I want to highlight two Y2K-testing services that are being made available to help users verify their own software
A dedicated cluster for "Y2K" testing ("Y2KPLUS"),
comprising all the relevant "flavours" of Unix has
been established as an AFS cell (
The status of this cluster as it evolves, with a table showing the machines with the corresponding level of operating system plus CERN certification status, can be checked at URL:
Over the coming weeks, the various IT service units will perform internal testing on the cluster, but a news item (to be issued after Easter) will inform users how they can test as well. Since the AFS cell is different from the default CERN cell, users can only see the part of their own files that is world-readable in the CERN cell. User accounts are specially allocated and the detailed procedure for logging on will be explained in this forthcoming news article.
The intention for each 'test run' is to allow testers to start transactions in 1999 and then move the clock forward so that it is possible to check the results in year 2000. As required, this whole manouver will be repeated several times.
NICE applications will be tested in three different scenarios.
the full explanation.
Most users are expected to be satisfied with the basic scenario
(using their own PCs). If somebody needs access to the advanced
scenarios, please contact Alberto Pace directly. The NICE section
will test several key applications (the ones that they are
responsible for), but, in principle, every owner of a software
package on NICE will have to perform his/her own testing. The
testing status of NICE can be consulted at
For matters related to this article please contact the author.