ERIC Number: ED164010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Personal Computers for Science in the 1980's.
Gammill, Robert C.
Increased use of personal computers for scientific research could reduce the dependence of scientists upon organizational affiliations, geographic location, and funding agencies, thereby improving the capabilities of isolated institutions of learning and research, and making rural localities more amenable to high technology. The scientific research base could also be increased as the tools of research support become more widely available. The achievement of these goals includes a number of technical and economic problems, primary of which are secondary storage, display, operating system design, device reliability, and inter-computer communications. The critical long-term problem area, where slow progress is likely, is economical inter-computer communications. The personal computer is more independent, flexible, and dependable and is capable of providing the following general functions because it is not shared: (1) tight coupling between the user or laboratory equipment and programs, (2) dependable access to archival information, (3) user tailoring of the terminal interface and services provided with minimal constraints, (4) user control, (5) continuity of service, (6) independence, and (7) wide access to other computer services. (CWM)
Descriptors: Computers, Economic Factors, Equipment Standards, Futures (of Society), Microcomputers, Performance Specifications, Scientific Research, Technological Advancement
Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Problems of the 80's: The Oregon Report on Computing (Portland, Oregon, March 21, 1978)