Process accounting - did anyone ever use it?

Peter Schow pschow at
Thu May 30 16:09:20 CDT 2019

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 2:01 PM Dave Wade via cctalk
<cctalk at> wrote:
> Did anyone ever use process accounting?  Did they actually bill departments
> (funny money)?

Starting in the 60's, many centralized academic computing centers
(mine included) operated on a cost-recovery basis and had accounting
groups (people) and processes to bill back departments for usage. It
was funny money for some chargebacks (e.g. student allocations) but it
also involved very-real funds when external grants were used to pay
for resources.   Most of this disappeared starting in the 90's when
departmental computers became possible.

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