Subject: Re: PLEASE READ: New Raith Reservation Policy Semi-Final Proposal Going Into Effect 2/10/2004
From: "Guanxiong Li" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 23:40:24 -0800

I have a question on the reservation policy. I do not understand the
examples in the policy. Why are two seperate 5h slots not allowed? Since
they are seperate, the two reservations must be made at two seperate moments
in time. Each 5h slot is ok with the 8h cap regulation. Could you explain
it? Thanks. -lgx

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Topinka" <>
To: <>
Cc: "John Shott" <>
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 10:51 PM
Subject: PLEASE READ: New Raith Reservation Policy Semi-Final Proposal Going
Into Effect 2/10/2004

> New Raith Reservation Policy Semi-Final Proposal Going Into Effect 12:01am
> 2/10/2004
> Hi everyone.
>        This email summarizes the consensus that was reached at the end of
> Raith townhall meeting (on 2/2/2004) about a new Raith reservation policy
> which will go into effect 12:01am Tuesday, February 10th.  James asked me
> to summarize and send this out to the group since he has been working
> extremely hard this week on Raith maintenance, training, and other issues
> and hasn't had time to finish off his Raith-Townhall-meeting-minutes email
> yet.  We are hoping that by sending this email now, people who have
> questions and/or concerns about these new policies will have enough time
> try and talk to somebody who was at the Raith townhall meeting on 2/2/2004
> and/or to email the raith@snf list.
> The basic policy is pretty simple:
> =============================
> At any given moment in time, you may be signed up for no more than 8 total
> hours on the Raith.  (Note please! This is a *reservation* cap, not a
> *usage* cap- as soon as you finish a given reservation, that time comes
> your total and you may sign up for any available block)
> one exception to the 8 hour cap: if you are somebody who absolutely needs
> longer than 8 hours per write-session, you may sign up for ONE slot at a
> time which is up to 10 hours long.  (to clarify with some examples: two 4h
> sessions are ok, one 10h session is ok, but two separate 5h slots are Not
> ok.)  No going over these caps by even a half an hour without talking to
> James first, please- the entire offending reservation will be removed.
> =============================
> Also: in conjunction to this new reservation cap, we are hoping to open up
> the coral reservation window to two weeks, but John Shott is still working
> on that option.  The hope is that this will help to eliminate the
> advance 30-minute slot signup problem.   John is also trying to get the
> coral system to allow us to make reservations which *begin* at 7*24 hours
> in advance as opposed to *ending* at 7*24 hours in the future- this would
> eliminate the need for the current practice of sending out emails to the
> list each time you start a new reservation.  (although, hopefully, with
> 8 hour cap and a 2-week reservation window, the entire 30-minute pounce
> problem will no longer be a problem).
> A side note: I would respectfully suggest that we not snap-judge the
> success or failure of this new policy right away, because the first week
> going to be seriously messed up no matter what we do due to the fact that
> entire days are being pre-reserved for planned maintenance on the
> Raith.  We're basically thinking of trying this policy at least until the
> middle of March to see how it works.
> A final note: we are in the process of assembling a list of "raith
> which we will post next to the Raith with email addresses and phone
> so that anybody (beginners OR experts) can call a fellow student Raith
> with questions about problems they're having, or also with questions about
> their gdsII patterns, optimal writing voltages, and aperatures.
> Thanks for reading this!  I for one am optimistic that this will turn out
> to be a pretty good working solution for a Very popular resource.  Have a
> great weekend!  -Mark