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ERIC Number: ED094709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct-23
Pages: 7
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The Minicomputer as Support for Academic Computing Requirements. A Preliminary Look at Some Results of an NSF-Supported-Experiment to Evaluate Minicomputer Use.
Swoyer, Vincent H.
The National Science Foundation financed a project enabling 10 small, nonresearch colleges to purchase minicomputers for academic and administrative use. The purpose of the study was to determine whether an owned minicomputer is a better investment for such small colleges than a time-sharing system or a cooperative arrangement. The colleges purchased Digital, Hewlett-Packard, or Data General computers and support hardware and software. The project, which began in 1970, is not finished, but preliminary results indicate that there is a great preference for the minicomputers, and that they have provided satisfactory services for much lower cost. The college found that one full-time person's effort was needed to operate and sustain the systems and that the 16-bit word length is preferred over the 12-bit. In addition, the computing capacity of the minicomputers was reasonably comparable to larger machines. (WH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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