Digital Technical Journals - rescanned and OCRed
Thanks to Colin Butcher of XDelta,
10 years after they were first made available at the OpenVMS Advanced Technical Symposium, the entire set of 42 journals has been re-scanned and converted to machine readable text.
They are available at http://www.dtjcd.vmsresource.org.uk/.
The image file of the CD first created as a CD for the 2006 HP OpenVMS Advanced Technical Symposium in Nashua. containing the complete set is available via http://vmsresource.org.uk/dtj_archive.html
These journals provide an in-depth understanding of why computer systems work as they do. They provide a unique insight into the rigours of the design process and the architectural approach to implementation. Most of the articles describe in detail the very first time that any of these products and processes were created. The engineers and scientists involved have made the effort to clearly describe what they did, how they did it and, crucially, why they did it the way that they did it.
The journals document the work of people at Digital Equipment Corporation with the ability, skills and determination to "do it right". CPUs , memory, I/O, storage and networks are all changing dramatically in terms of performance and capacity, yet the fundamental principles hold true. As a result, the systems and software (such as OpenVMS itself) have been able to evolve while continuing to deliver mission-critical availability and performance. They have also maintained an astonishing level of backwards compatibility across a wide range of hardware platforms and machine architectures. These unique achievements are due to the outstanding design skills of the engineers, their insights, their clear understanding of the core issues and their ability to plan for the future.
Please also admire the work of the editors and technical authors who worked with the engineers and scientists to create the Digital Technical Journals - and don't miss the artwork on the covers.
As an educational resource to illustrate the art of computer systems engineering these journals are hard to beat.