Package - AS/6100 - UNT purchased an AS/5000
National Advanced System AS/5000 4 megabyte CPU and 3.5 billion byte disk storage subsystem purchased; Academic disk storage was set to 1.1 billion bytes, 4.7 times that available on the IBM 360/50 which was retired.
Contents of first Benchmarks Newsletter
First issue of Benchmarks is published with Claudia Putnam (now Claudia Lynch) as editor. Sandy Franklin (now Sandy Burke) typed it and Lynne Adkins (now Lynne Rutherford) created the logo.
VM/370 installed – memory requirements no longer used to determine job class
SAS installed for the first time
MUSIC acquired as the academic interactive operating system for the AS/5000.
The College of Business and Computer Science “Computer Centers” were formed.
1981 – Tom Madron, Ph.D, hired as head of Academic Computing
Computing Center RJE installed in the ISB (now Sycamore Hall)
TI-745 Silent 700 terminals available for check-out from the Computing Center to faculty members.
TI-745 Silent 700 Terminal
Steve Minnis becomes head of Technical Support after Jerry Waldon leaves
1982 – Construction of the cable television-based local area network begins
Automated tape library management system (TMS) acquired
1983 – Construction completed on the computer rooms on the 5th floor of the General Academic Building (GAB)
Steve Glick in GAB 550 - 1986
Three VAX 11/780s purchased and installed in the 5th floor GAB rooms
A VAX 6310 - UNT purchased three VAX II/780s
National Advanced Systems AS/8040 (for instruction and research) and AS/6650 (for administrative computing) purchased; AS/5000 is retired
SIMS (Student Information Management System) development begins
Sytek local area network becomes operational
SPSS X is released
Computing Center reorganization: Coy Hoggard is Manager of Information Systems; Tom Madron is Manager of Computer Services. The Manager of Academic Services (vacant), Manager of Technical Support (Steve Minnis) and Computer Operations Manager (Ray Sanders) report to Tom Madron.
HP2680A laser printer capable of printing 45 pages per minute installed
HP2680A Laser Printer
“Protocol Converted” ports added to the AS/8040. Eight metro lines installed.
Sixty-four terminals installed on the 5th floor of the GAB and in the Business Administration Bldg
Twenty-four terminals replace IBM 029 keypunch machines in the ISB
1984 – Four megabytes of memory added to the AS/8040 bringing the total capacity to twelve megabytes
Dr. Bob Brookshire becomes Manager of Academic Computing
The first Help Desk – located in ISB 110 – is established.
Dave Molta hired as a part-time employee to administer the HP-2000 and do statistical consulting
Dave Molta today
1985 – NTSU becomes a node on the Tager microwave network
Tager Network Operator
HRMIS, Human Resources Management Information, development begins
City power outages result in battery fire in the GAB
AS/8040 upgraded to sixteen megabytes of memory , making it an AS/8043
NTSU becomes a BITNET site
Richard Harris promoted to associate vice president for computing
1986 – VAX 11/780s upgraded to 785s and configured into a cluster.
A Graphics Lab opens in the basement of the ISB
AS/8043 upgraded to a dual processor NAS/8083 increasing academic CPU power 80 percent and administrative CPU power 211 percent
Key punch machines replaced with microcomputers in the Data Entry section of the Computing Center
IBM 029 keypunch machine
HP-2000 moved to the Physics Department
1986 – Tom Madron and Bob Brookshire leave the Computing Center
Dave Molta becomes acting head of Academic Computing Services
Coy Hoggard (Administrative Information Systems) and Steve Minnis (Computing Services) report to Richard Harris
HP-2680A laser printer installed in the Business Administration Bldg
NTSU joins TEXNET
Richard Harris and Philip Baczewski circa 1987
1988 – Dave Molta named head of Academic Computing Services
Billy Barron hired as VAX System Manager
UNT BBS implemented on the VAX cluster
Project Eagle – the NTSU and GTE voice response project – begins
Eight 2400/1200/300 BPS modems installed on the metro lines
UNT becomes an ARPANET node
Arpanet circa 1980
1989 – Title changes: Steve Minnis becomes Director of Computing Technical Services; Coy Hoggard becomes Director of Administrative Computing; Dave Molta becomes Director of Academic Computing
Official count of Computing Center Employees is 76.75 full time equivalent (FTE)
Total operating budget for the Computing Center is $3, 776,270
Microcomputer Support Group – reporting to the Director of Academic Computing – formed from a consolidation of academic and administrative support groups
HP ScanJet installed in the ISB Graphics Lab
Six IB AT-compatible PCs and six Macintosh SEs linked to a file server on a Novell Local Area Network installed in ISB110.
A Macintosh SE computer
Desktop laser printing available from ISB 110 to an Apple Laserwriter II and an HP LaserJet II.
Apple Laserwriter II
The last keypunch machine available for public use is removed from the area near the ISB RJE.
ANUNEWS and Netware VMS installed on the VAX cluster
VAX cluster connected to USENET
Sixteen 2400 baud modems installed on local dial-up lines
A 24 baud modem
Eppy the Eagle at UNT - 1988