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INSPIRE Updates a Classic
Computer Power Awareness: Use It when You Need It
Bike to Work Day Is May 12

SLAC Today

Tuesday - May 10, 2011

INSPIRE Updates a Classic

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The INSPIRE website.
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INSPIRE , the next-generation high energy physics information system developed by a team from CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC, is nearing production status but still very much open to feedback.

INSPIRE is the successor to SPIRES-HEP, the 40-year-old information system originally designed to provide access to preprints, or scientific papers that have not yet been published in peer-reviewed journals. Timely access to preprints can prevent duplicated effort, confirm or discount the direction of a proposed experiment or provide a vital clue to a struggling researcher, but the publication process can take weeks, months—even years. In addition to providing access to preprints, SPIRES now serves a role in providing access to all high energy physics literature, both pre- and post-publication, and is even used to ensure that the preprint version is unified with the final published version.

SPIRES-HEP has been responsible for a series of milestones in its day—including becoming the first database accessible through the World Wide Web in 1991. But SPIRES-HEP has been feeling its age, according to SLAC's Manager of Scientific Information Systems Travis Brooks.

"We get about 50 emails per day" for SPIRES problems, Brooks said, including an increasing number of complaints that SPIRES is simply obsolete—too slow and lacking in features compatible with modern systems. INSPIRE is designed to address these increasingly common complaints, offering faster searches, a variety of search and display options, and more detailed record pages, to name only a few of the upgrades.   Read more...

Computer Power Awareness:
Use It when You Need It

Most of us at SLAC need computers many hours of the day, but how often do you think about the energy to keep those bits of information flowing?

On a recent sample survey to determine what office equipment was present and powered on at SLAC, my colleague Rohendra Atapattu and I discovered that more than 70 percent of the roughly 400 desktop computers observed were powered on (not in sleep or hibernation) after working hours.


Bike to Work Day Is May 12

(Photo by Mike Woods.)

Get those bikes tuned and ready—the San Francisco Bay Area's 17th Annual Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 12. Perennial SLAC volunteer bikers Kirk Stoddard, Judy Fulton, Dwight Harbaugh and Mike Woods will once again host an Energizer Station for bike riders on the Quadrus lawn opposite the SLAC Main Gate. Don't forget to stop by for bike bags, biking brochures, snacks, and big smiles.




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