ERIC Number: ED027737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Feasibility Study for a Remote Terminal Central Computing Facility Serving School and College Institutions. Volume I, Functional Requirements.
International Business Machines Corp., White Plains, NY.
The economic and technical feasibility of providing a remote terminal central computing facility to serve a group of 25-75 secondary schools and colleges was investigated. The general functions of a central facility for an educational cluster were defined to include training in computer techniques, the solution of student development problems in mathematics and the sciences, and basic administrative tasks. An analysis of task requirements in terms of demand estimate s was followed by the selection of equipment and systems structure for four model regions differing in number of schools and average enrollment. The delineated systems were then validated by sampling actual requirements of a geographic area approximating one of the model regions and fitting derived demand requirements to system capacities. The Computer System Simulator program developed by IBM was also employed to evaluate the system's workload capacities and determine probable response times. Both simulation techniques indicated the system configurations would be entirely feasible and within given cost ranges. A recommendation was made for further study and pilot implementation. Details of cost estimates and simulation procedures are included in appendices. (SS)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Centralization, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Storage Devices, Computers, Cost Effectiveness, Data Processing, Educational Specifications, Evaluation Methods, Facilities, Facility Case Studies, Facility Inventory, Input Output Devices, Models, Problem Solving, Programing, Scheduling, School Administration, Systems Development
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: International Business Machines Corp., White Plains, NY.