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XEROX 

BUSIINRSS SYSTKIVIS 

System Development Division 
February 15, 1978 



To: W. Shultz 

From: W. C. Lynch 

Location: Palo AltO 

Subject: Pilot Status Report for February 78 

Keywords: Pilot, Status 

File: [lris]<Lynch>Feb78.Status 

Archive document #: To be assigned by Ode Binkley 

Staffing and Equipment 

Tom Horsley has returned full time to Pilot. 

A number of staff members have been helping with the Xerox and SDD recruiting. Bill 
Lynch met with PhD candidates at CMU on February 6th, made a seminar presentation to 
interested B.S. and M.S. candidates on the same date and interviewed the B.S. candidates on 
February 6th- Paul McJones and Steve Purcell interviewed B.S. candidates at Berkeley on 
February 15th, and Dave Redell will do the same at MIT on February 17th. Some good 
prospects have been uncovered. 



Pilot 

The first production release of Pilot (2.0) is still scheduled for 2Q78, a date which is still 
compatible with the current DO delivery schedule. It should be noted that over half of the 
schedule dependencies listed in the Pilot Design Work Plan have not been met. We are 
anticipating rescheduling the release for the end of June, 1978. 

Pilot Work Plan - D13 

The Pilot Design Work Plan ([lris]<Lynch>PilotWp.memo) (approval still pending) is 
being used for planning purposes. The symbols on the subtitles refer to tasks planned in 
that document. The work plan will be updated over the next month for release on March 
15. 1978. 

Pilot Design Spec - D3 

The primary activity has been on the Pilot Design Specifications. Version 1.0 (draft status) 
of the Pilot Design Specifications was produced on February 15. 1978. Planning for its 
review is now under way. 

Pilot Functional Spec - D2 



[lris]<Lynch>Feb78.Status 2 

Feedback is still being collected from the Pilot Functional Specification. Version 2.0 (draft 
status) was distributed on September 14, 1977. 

Hugh Lauer is organizing the revision, with his schedule calling for Version 3.0 to be 
released at the end of March. 

Alto/Pilot Release - D19 

Acceptance testing by Product Software during the last half of January has revealed a 
modest number of difficulties. 



Pilot Testing - Dll, D6 

Due to Toni Shetler's efforts the Pilot Test Plan is now essentially complete and will be 
released soon. 



Assignments 

Bishop: Develop requirements and functions for data management leading to a concepts and 
facilities document and a functional specification. Aid Richard Moore with Records 
Processing specification. Work with Ed Satterthwaite to develop a proposal enabling better 
integrated object oriented programming in Mesa. 

Gifford: Design and implementation of the memory management and file system. Only 1/4 
time now. 

Horsley: Organize the filing structure for holding our various development documents and 
code in a way compatible with the Tools Librarian. Work on the Pilot Install facility. 
Consult on the construction and integration of Pilot microcode. Maintain release 1.0 of 
AlEO/Pilot. 

Lauen Construct a prototype implementation of ByteStreams and make it operational within 
Alto Pilot. Edit the Pilot Functional Specifications. Edit the OIS Mesa Functional 
Specifications. Edit the Pilot Concepts and Facilities. 

Lynch: Review the Pilot Design Specifications. Help with recruiting new personnel for 78. 
Work Plans, DO conversion plans. Pilot Functional Specifications. 

McJones: Take responsibility for editting the Pilot Design Specifications. Take specific 
responsibility for the memory management portions of the Pilot Design Specifications. 
Lead the design effort for the file facilities. 

Purcell: Become intimately familiar with the Pilot process management, memory 
management and file facilities. Actively participate in the design and specification of the 
file facilities. Work on Pogo in the background. 

Redell: Work with the Mesa group in the implementation of the process structure design for 
Mesa 4.0. Take responsibility for the Process structure section of the Pilot Design 
Specifications. Take responsibility for the Low-level Mesa support section of the Pilot 
Design Specifications. Consult in the design of the file facilities. 

Distribution: 
Bergsteinsson 
DeSantis 



[Iris]<Lynch>Feb78.Status 



Cc: 



Harslem 

Heinrich 

Irby 

Lampson 

LeCesne 

Liddle 

Lynch 

Metcalfe 

Reilly, D. 

Reily, J. 

Shultz 

Simonyi 

Sonderegger 

Szelong 

Thacker 

Townsend 

Wallace 

Weaver 

Wick 

White 



Bishop 

Lauer 

Redell 

Horsley 

Gifford 

Purcell 

McJones