[ RadSafe ] Backwards compatability for radiological software run on newe...

JPreisig at aol.com JPreisig at aol.com
Mon Oct 6 11:15:41 CDT 2014

      Well, for old software, if you can get the  source code, update the 
computer code, change input/output devices as  needed.  This can be a long 
process.  Recompile the code and get it  running. 
      Many radiation computer codes are available  from the RSICC 
(Radiation Shielding Information Center at OakRidge National  Lab).  See their 
website.  Some of the computer codes at RSICC were  written for older computers 
(CDC, Cray, DEC etc.).  They may need some  modification.
     For some computer codes, the original   writers of the code may have 
more modern versions, which may be available, for  the asking or a slight 
fee.  Contact them by email and/or ask around.   Search the internet.
RESRAD emanates from Argonne National Lab, I think.  There should be  
fairly modern versions of Microshield and CAP-88 available somewhere.   Buying a 
new version of such codes may be preferable to modifying the old source  
    If you tell me what you are trying to do (i.e. the  relevant problem), 
I might be able to suggest some relevant computer  codes.  But I am a 
Fortran Programmer (a programming dinosaur????) and  might not have much knowledge 
of the latest hardware/software.  email  me???
Take Care.
     Regards,   Joe Preisig
PS  MCNP is a sophisticated Monte Carlo code for neutron/gamma/photon  
problems, but it takes a while to learn.  MCNPX is a neutron/hadron  transport 
code for use at higher energies.  Other such codes are  available.  Team USA 
isn't building many new particle accelerators these  days --- they just use 
the CERN Large Hadron Collider or whatever world  accelerator is relevant.
In a message dated 10/6/2014 9:47:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
bsdnuke at gmail.com writes:

Group,  what experience is there for "backwards" compatability for "old"  
software like CAP88-PC, Microshield, RESRAD/RESRAD-Build and the  newer
Windows operating systems.  I currentl run the above on an  emulator running
Windows XP on a Macbook.  I am considering a  Surface-3 tablet which is
running Windows 8.1 I think.

Thanks in  advance,

Scott  Davidson
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