9. Michigan State University (MSU)

posted Dec 5, 2010, 9:40 PM by Jeff Ogden   [ updated Dec 10, 2010, 8:55 PM ]
On Sep 14, 2010, at 5:01 PM, Rich Wiggins wrote:

MSU did indeed run MTS, precisely to run Confer.  . . .  We ran it Second Level under (well above, depending on your perspective) VM.  Jim Bodwin installed it.  I have a hilarious story about Jim in the basement of El Az.

On Sep 17, 2010, at 6:32 PM, Rich Wiggins wrote:

[A note addressed primarily to Paul Wolberg an MSU staff member in the 1980s.]

. . . We did indeed run MTS at MSU.  We most definitely did.  We ran it to run Confer.  Paul Hunt [CIO at MSU] wanted conferencing at MSU.  I guess The Well was not as easily ported, and we had a virtual environment that could run Confer.  Paul Hunt wanted MSU to be a leader in social networking int in the 1980s.  It's likely that's not a vision we all understood. 

So Paul said we would run MTS and Confer.  UM's Jim Bodwin came to EL a half dozen times to get it going.   You were part of the project. You and Jim and I had some fun times getting it going under VM.

As I recall, MTS went in surprisingly easily.  It woke up in the virtual environment and just worked.  We maybe did 5 IPLs.  More testimony as to the elegance of MTS.

MSU  ran MTS in production for 3 or more years until other online social networking tools matured and became more popular.   It was still mostly server-side code back then, and it took a while for things to evolve to a true peer-to-peer world.  MTS was mostly host-side, as of the times.

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On Dec 2, 2010 1:58 PM PST, as part of a longer message Jim Bodwin wrote:

I can confirm that I installed MTS under VM/370 at MSU.  And I can also confirm the dinner at El Az!  I think that the margaritas had something to do with the fact that it was so memorable.