[OT?] Best Practices for Scientific Computing

John Berninger John_Berninger at ncsu.edu
Tue Aug 14 11:43:18 PDT 2001

The best document of this type that I've seen is still the Kirch paper,
located at http://www.unix-vs-nt.org/kirch/; the rest of the site,
http://www.unix-vs-nt.org/, has a few other very interesting articles
(especially the one from Lucent / Bell Labs entitled "Providing Reliable
NT Desktop Services by Avoiding NT Server").
On Tue, 14 Aug 2001, Bob Drzyzgula wrote:

> Has anyone ever encountered a managment-oriented, MBA-speak
> document which outlines "best practices" for scientific and/or
> research computing? At work, we're struggling against an
> "enterprise-wide" deployment of Windows 2000 and Active
> Dirctory, the details of which [1] have us deeply concerned
> that we will soon be severely constrained in our ability to
> continue our use of Unix- and Linux-based systems as our
> primary computing platform. Research being only 10% of the
> organization, we're kind of in a tail-wagging-the-dog
> situaion, so the best-case outcome would probably be if
> we could simply convince them that they'll be better off
> just leaving us alone...
> If anyone has or can tell me where to find documents
> describing generally accepted paths to excellence in
> research computing, and you can share them, I'd be most
> apprecitive. I found one document that is the kind of
> thing I'm looking for:
>  http://www.itc.virginia.edu/rctf/rctf_final_report.pdf
> but more would be better.
> Thanks,
> --Bob Drzyzgula
> [1] Single domain, enterprise-wide, if that means anything
> to you.
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Thank you,
John Berninger

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