Kevin Brady kevin.brady at
Fri May 14 12:00:36 PDT 2004


   I talked to the guys that actually went to Cornell, they are not 
running it, just said they were
   getting it, sorry for the confusion.  As I said, we are opening a 
clean room and need software
   to do exactly what yours does. I lead a group that does alot of 
Web/Perl/Java/Db programming and
   were were going to build something to use from scratch. When I heard 
of your software, I thought
   we could hit the ground runnign and jsut modify what you have for our 
purposes. We are a
   government lab (Our Director, Dr. Bement, is also now acting director 
of NSF), and are
   non-profit, and are trying to save money by developing it ourselves, 
as you said, there is nothing
   out there to buy. We are pretty good, and woudl be willing to try to 
get your software up and running
   to look at here, we may be able to help with making the distribution 
easy to install, we distribute tools
   that auto install. Would it be possible to get the software to try it 

                     Kevin Brady

John Shott wrote:

>I'd be happy to tell you a bit more about Coral.  I'm a bit surprised,
>however, by the claim that Cornell is running it ... while a couple of their
>folks have a version of our remote Coral client running on their computers
>and while I fully expect them to actually begin to run Coral in their
>laboratory over the summer, to my knowledge they don't actually have a
>version of Coral running in their laboratory.  So, I want to make sure that
>we are talking about the same thing.
>Basically, Coral provides the ability to:
>	1. Maintain lists of qualified users on each piece of equipment
>	2. Make reservations on each piece of equipment
>	3. Track usage of equipment by enabling/disabling that equipment
>during usage (with 	optional hardware interlocking of the equipment.
>	4. Allows staff members to recharge their time to other lab users or
>projects or 	accounts.
>	5. Report equipment problem and shutdown conditions.
>This ia a Java application and, as a result, it is reasonably portable to
>different platforms although Solaris and Linux are the platforms upon which
>existing installations are running.  At the moment we support both Oracle
>and Postgres databases.  It has been developed predominantly by personnel at
>Stanford although we now are getting two folks at MIT who have been spending
>a portion of their time over the last year in helping to develop this
>At the moment, we have been running Coral here at Stanford "in production"
>since Jan 1, 2000.  MIT has been running it for a little over a year.
>Minnesota is the first place where non-developers have tried to install and
>configure it ... and, to be honest, we found that it is not as easy to get
>installed and configured as we would have liked.
>As a result, we are working on repackaging it so that it is easier to
>install and configure and are hoping to have that repackaged version
>available during the summer.  At the moment we have a waiting list of one
>other lab at Stanford, 3 other labs at MIT, and several of the NNIN sites
>(including Cornell) who are interested in running Coral in their
>Because NSF has supported (at least indirectly) much of the effort
>associated with developing Coral, we have been planning on giving Coral away
>to other US universities ... well, at least to other NNIN sites.  By the
>same token, we are not interested in letting for-profit organizations have
>it or run it.  To be honest, we haven't really considered a policy relative
>to national labs ... and that is clearly something we would have to
>consider.  Part of our quandry is that, at present, we really have no direct
>support for distributing this elsewhere ... and yet are doing our best to
>try to be good citizens in this regard as it is our belief that Coral does
>useful things in laboratories of this type and that there is, to our
>knowledge, no commercially available software that does what Coral does.
>I hope that helps to answer your questions ... let me know if you would like
>any further information.

Kevin Brady, Group Leader
Electronic Information Group
Semiconductor Electronics Division
Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
kevin.brady at  (301) 975-3644

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