[AG-TECH] Bridgeport Room Reservations / Time standards
stevens at mcs.anl.gov
Tue Mar 20 19:40:49 CST 2001
Don, this is a very good idea.. UTC would help resolve confusion..
On Tue, 20 Mar 2001, Don Morton wrote:
> Hello, may I please reserve the Bridgeport Room for 2100-0200 UTC
> on the following Wednesdays:
> 28 March, 4 April, 11 April, 18 April, 2 May, 9 May, 30 May.
> This will be used by Arctic Region Supercomputing Centre and U.
> Montana Missoula (and others) for SC Global, AGN courses, etc.
> planning meetings.
> At this time, I'd like to make the humble recommendation that we
> start using UTC (also known as GMT or Zulu) as a common time
> reference for AGN activities. As a non-Easterner who deals
> with Alaska collaborators, I've found it quite confusing to
> figure out when rooms are available, having to convert between
> Eastern or Central time, Mountain time, and Alaska time. My
> guess is that once there are active international sites, this
> will become impossible (or, at the very least, quite error-prone).
> With a common UTC standard, everybody only needs to understand THEIR
> relation to the standard. For those of you in North America, if you're
> on Standard time, the conversion to UTC is
> EST: + 5 hours
> CST: + 6 hours
> MST: + 7 hours
> PST: + 8 hours
> AST: + 9 hours
> Once you go to Daylight Time, you subtract one from the above. So,
> considering that not everybody switches to daylight time, UTC becomes
> even more convenient - we all only need to know OUR relationship to the
> UTC standard.
> So, just to be stubborn, I think I'll continue to make my reservations in
> UTC, hoping I don't get kicked off the Access Grid :) An additional benefit
> is that when you fly to England or Portugal, you'll have a much easier
> time making these conversions :)
> Don Morton http://www.cs.umt.edu/u/morton/
> Department of Computer Science The University of Montana
> Missoula, MT 59812 | Voice (406) 243-4975 | Fax (406) 243-5139
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