Re: [SI-LIST] : SI FAQ Proposal

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From: Istvan NOVAK (istvan.novak@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 05:19:51 PST


Ray,

The FAQ on Signal Integrity is a very good idea, at the same time it may not
be easy to create one for everyone's satisfaction (OK, lets settle for the
majority). You manage the SI-list in a very professional way, by setting
the minimum number of rules, leaving maximum freedom for opinions. That is
what this list is all about. The minute we try to 'coordinate' questions
and contributions, or we try to decide which question is 'worth' answering,
it becomes a reflection of the moderator's views. And we know very well
that in signal-integrity (probably more than in any other areas of life),
single best solutions dont exist. There are so many interrelated issues and
constraints that every person may find a different optimum for his/her
problem. Though I am very much interested in all areas of signal integrity,
and also probably I have more experience in some of these areas than people
who have started working on such topics only recently, I would opt not to
filter questions and contributions more than how you do on the SI-list
itself.

Still, some sort of bigger database to look up threads/ links. topics would
be useful, and we have to appreciate the framework that Andrew created. On
the other hand, as Mitch pointed out recently, there are several good
websites already on different aspects of signal integrity. Mitch's list is
just the tip of the iceberg, there are many others out there. These
websites obviously reflect their creator's opinions and views, exactly as
the FAQ sections would reflect their moderator's view.

My suggestion is to create a reference website, which intead of inviting
contributions/questions specifically for the FAQ, aimes to
reference/organize the available links out on the web, including the
threads of the SI-list. It is, of course, still subjective, so I would keep
the 'policing' rules at a
minimum, since as we know, there is no stupid question, only stupid answers.
To undertake such an organizing job is also a huge task, because web links
come and go by the minute. One example may be what started out as the
FibreChannel home page from Schelto van Dorn http://www.schelto.com/.

thanks

Istvan Novak
SUN Microsystems

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Anderson <Raymond.Anderson@eng.sun.com>
To: <si-list@silab.eng.sun.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2000 7:17 PM
Subject: [SI-LIST] : SI FAQ Proposal

>
> Si-list members-
>
> Long time subscribers to this mailing list will remember discussions
> from time to time about the need for a proper FAQ on Signal Integrity
> and/or high-speed digital design topics. So far it has been agreed that
> much effort would be required and a few pople have volunteered to help
> distribute some of the load - but until now there hasn't been much
> activity.
>
> I was recently contacted by Andrew Phillips who is keen to see such an
> FAQ-building project happen. He thinks it would help to have a central
> website to handle coordination of information gathering and
> dissemination activities. He has put together a preliminary version of
> such a website that can be viewed here:
>
> http://www.scs.ch/~andrew/hsdd/hsdd.html
>
> At the moment Andrew has listed a few 'topics' on high-speed digital
> design that should be persued - there are of course many more that need
> to be included. He is looking for volunteers who would like to be
> involved with working on each topic - specifically topic coordinators
> (responsible for a particular topic) and topic peers (to help compile
> and review information). Follow the links on the site if you are
> interested in getting involved.
>
> The site also includes other sections with general SI links, articles,
> news etc. So far there isn't much there - Andrew has included them as
> ideas. He is looking for any constructive suggestions.
>
> This sounds like a great way to coordinate an FAQ-building project -
> what do you think? Want to get involved? Check it out.
>
>
> -Ray Anderson
> si-list administrator
>
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