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Article: 898 of cs.cs2 Newsgroups: cs.cs2 Path:!cnews From: Paul Nothard <> Subject: Tardis Project Message-ID: <> Sender: (UseNet News Admin) Organization: <none given> Distribution: cs Date: Thu, 27 Oct 1994 16:57:00 GMT Lines: 69

 The following is a brief introduction to the Tardis computer
 network, run entirely by students (and ex-students) from DCS.  If
 any of the stuff below interests you, and you think that you would
 like to get involved in Tardis (or if you just want an account where
 you won't get jumped on for finding out UNIX computer systems in
 general) then please contact pjn@tardis for more information.

What is Tardis? 20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)blip2 20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)

  Tardis is a sub-network of the Department of Computer Science at

Edinburgh University. It consists of machines that have been given to the students to set up and run, and to provide an area where students can learn about such things as:

       computer programming in general
       unix programming in particular
       systems administration
  amongst others.  There is also web space available, with the

ability to run CGI scripts etc. from the web pages. Many people currently use tardis, from just having a mail drop with their own name on it to serious work involving systems programming.

What Computers does Tardis Have? 20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)~~

  The current computers that are being used by the Tardis Project are

a couple of Sun 3s, a microVax, an HP9000 and a Sun 4 (not actually here yet, but should be 'real soon now.') The Suns are the main machines, and the others normally occupy certain specific areas rather than being general machines (eg/ the HP is currently running as a WWW/FTP server.) Apart from this there are various drives and interfaces, which all need attention from time-to-time.

Tardis Administration Hierarchy 20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)~

  The hierarchy on tardis is as follows:
       users - people who just want to use the system
       assistants - these are people who actually carry out system
                    administration tasks on tardis, such as back-ups
                    etc.  These are also people who look after
                    specific packages eg/ gcc, latex.
       timelords - these are the `controllers' of tardis.  They look
                   after the tardis management - things such as
                   setting up the machines and designating what tasks
                   they are to be used for.  There are normally two
                   active timelords in CS4 to look after the machines

  Generally, those in CS2 use the system (amongst others from all

over the world,) some of CS3 become assistants (if they so desire) and a couple of people in CS4 will be timelords. In this way the system is always looked after by a suitable number of people.

Tardis Application 20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)20:56, 9 August 2009 (BST)blip2

  If you've read this and are interested in any aspect of tardis

please contact pjn@tardis for more information, or get an application form from ~pjn/Tardis/

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Paul Nothard ..,

       Department of Computer Science
       Edinburgh University, Scotland.
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