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The coordination activities provided to the DCS researchers were:
- Academic Coordination
The coordination appropriate to each research project varied according to its nature. Effort was concentrated on the following aspects:
- Minimise duplication of funding by holding informal discussions with investigators prior to submission of formal applications.
- Promote ongoing liaison between research teams.
- Review the objectives of each project in the light of the results obtained, and the progress of the programme as a whole.
- Industrial Coordination
The main task was fostering industrial interest in the programme, with the objectives of promoting collaborative projects and facilitating technology transfer via:
- Inviting industrial researchers to technical meetings and conferences.
- Organising dissemination meetings specifically for industry.
- Developing links between specific companies and research groups.
- Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Support
- Access to specialised services such as the FR80 microfilm recorder, mainframes and microelectronics design and fabrication.
- Support for the Unix operating system.
- Software to link troff to the FR80.
- Assembly and distribution of software to drive the Cambridge Ring.
- Construction of 6 Cambridge Rings for the DCS equipment pool and procurement from industry of a further 10 6-node ring systems.
- Procurement, distribution and maintenance of the equipment pool.
- Ran the Programme's electronic mail facility.
- Placed EMR contracts for
- Unix X25 communications software,
- the Pascal Plus compiler from Belfast
- X25 communications software for Unix from the University of York.