THIC Meeting for June 27 and 28, 2000


Theme: Acquiring, Storing, & Distributing Data in Government Applications - What's Coming in 2001?




Tuesday June 27, 2000


8:30               Welcome and Announcements


8:35       Dr. P.C. Hariharan, Systems Engineering and Security, Inc., 7474 Greenway Center Dr., Suite 700, Greenbelt MD 20770-3523, Phone: +1-301-441-3694, Fax: +1-301-441-3697,, “THIC Home Page and THIC FTP Site”


8:45       Peter Groel – Mountain Engineering II, Inc., 1831 Lefthand Cir, Longmont CO 80501, Phone: +1-303-651-0277, Fax: +1-303-651-6371, E-mail:  “A Roller Tape Guide for a High Performance Tape Path”


9:15       Ted Schwarz, Peregrine Recording Technologies, 1462 Tamberwood Trail, St.Paul MN 55125-3363, Phone: +1-651-730-4862, Fax: +1-612-331-1211, E-mail: - “Magnetic Tape as the Mass Storage Medium”


9:45       Curt Mulder, Exabyte, 1685 38th St., Boulder CO 80303, Phone: +1-303-417-7205, Fax: +1-303-417-7180, E-mail:, “Thin Tape Handling In a Helical Scan Tape Platform Mammoth Tape”


10:15     Break


10: 45    David J. Kalstrom, Maxoptix Corporation, 3342 Gateway Blvd., Fremont CA 94538 Phone: +1-510-353-9700; FAX: +1-510-353-1845, , "An In-depth Examination of OSD (Optical Super Density) Technology"


11:15     John Stahl – Segway Systems, LLC, 10488 W. Centennial Road Littleton CO 80124-4238, Phone: +1-303-904-6495, Fax: +1-303-904-1001, E-mail:, "An Introduction to Low-Flow Rate Porous Air Bearing Technology"


11:45     Lunch


1:00       Jim Garner, Explorers Club Fellow, 472 Somerset Dr., Golden CO 80401, Phone: +1-800-677-8301, Fax: +1-303-763-8338, E-mail:, ”Data Acquisition on a Mars Field Trip”


1:30       Mark Kempster, MicroContinuum, Inc., 57 Smith Place, Cambridge MA 02138, Phone: +1-301-464-3011, E-mail:, “Terabyte and Petabyte Storage -- Requirements and Capabilities "


2:00       Don Petravick, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, P.0. Box 500, Batavia IL 60510, Phone: +1-630-840-3935, Fax: +1-630-840-2783, E-mail:, “High Energy Physics at Fermilab: Current Practices and Future Directions in Data Storage and Movement”



2:30       Michael Diesburg, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, P.0. Box 500, Batavia IL, 60510,Phone: +1-630-840-2679, Fax: +1-630-840-6650, E-mail:,  “High Energy Physics at Fermilab: Toward Petabyte Scale Scientific Data Distribution”


3:00       Break


3:30       Randy Glissman – Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Intellistor R&D Facility 1751 South Fordham Street, Suite 100, Longmont CO 80503, Phone: +1-303-682-6555, Fax: +1-303-682-6401, E-mail: – “Using Track Following Servo Technology on LTO Tape Drives”


4:00       Kelly Beavers, Ecrix Corporation, 5525 Central Avenue, Boulder CO 80301, Phone: +1-303-402-9262, Fax: +1-303-402-9266, E-mail:, “Handling Severely Distorted Tracks and Other Systemic Problems Typical of Tape Technology”


4:30       Rick Luttrall, Crossroads Systems, 8300 N Mopac Expessway, Austin TX78759, Phone: +1-512-928-7528,E-mail: , “The “Killer App” for Tape SAN Backup”


Wednesday June 28, 2000


8:30       Opening Remarks & Announcements


8:45       Jim Matthews – Metrum-Datatape Inc., 4800 E. Dry Creek Rd., Littleton CO 81022, Phone: +1-303-773-4963, Fax: +1-303-773-4762, E-mail:, “The Merging of Instrumentation Recording and Consumer Storage Technologies”


9:15       Tim Gerchar, Benchmark Tape Systems Corp., 5665 Airport Blvd., Boulder CO 80301, Phone: +1-303-443-7358, Fax: +1-303-443-7359, E-mail:, “DLT for the rest of us”


9:45       John Drollinger, Plasmon Inc., 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs CO 80907, Phone: +1-719-946-0477, E-mail:, “Large Format Optical Storage: Protecting Critical Government Data”


10:15     Break


10:30     Allan Ignatin, Tape Laboratories, Inc., 5301 Beethoven St., Los Angeles CA 90066, Phone: +1-310-577-1700, Fax: +1-310-574-1141, E-mail:, “Heterogeneous Shared Access to Tape Libraries”


11:00     George Williams, NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder CO, Phone: +1-303-497-1843, Fax: +1-303-497-1848, E-mail:, "Slouching towards Better Access Models: The Future of the NCAR Mass Storage System"


11:30     Jim Tummins, StorageTek, 1 StorageTek Dr., Louisville CO 80028, Phone: +1-303-673-7527, E-mail:, “Storage Networking – What is a SAN anyway?”


12:00     Lunch


1:00       Carpool leaves for Storage Tek


2:00       Storage Tek GOLD LAB tour

The StorageTek "Gold Lab" is a 20,000 square foot facility containing approximately 400 pieces of equipment. Virtually every type of StorageTek product is represented, as are server platforms from HP, Sun, IBM, Compaq, Dell, and others. Work conducted at Gold Lab includes proof-of-concept, pre-sales and post-sales support, SAN architecture development, interoperability testing and customer demonstration of proposed solutions. The Lab is a shared resource utilized by StorageTek, StorageTek external partners, VADs, VARs and customers.



Jack Scott – The Evaluator Group, 7720 E. Belleview Ave. Suite 210, Englewood CO 80111, Phone: +1-303-221-7867, FAX: +1-303-221-1615, E-mail: – Title to be Announced