Prentice-Hall NJ 1967, first edition; 629 pages, Index, photographs of old equipment; diagrs.,tables.
Condition: Good overall, cloth hardcover; binding a bit shaken but sound, shelfwear at spine ends; pages are clean & unmarked.
Keywords: data processing centers, on-line SABRE, papertape, photos of vintage computer equipment, computers in the 1960s, torn-paper-tape switching center, multiprogramming, time sharing, message queuing
Categories: 1960's computers and computing, Computer Science, Computers and Society, Databooks, Handbooks, Manuals, General microcomputer and Misc. manufacturers, Hardware, Human-Computer Interaction, Programming and Programming Languages, General Programming, Philosophy of Programming, Word Processing, Data Processing
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Item DescriptionAn essential handbook in the expanding field of data processing... Describes clearly & fully the available hardware and techniques as well as methods for tackling design calculations & estimating response times... The use of terminals, communication lines and random access files are analyzed, & advances in time sharing, man-machine conversations, reliability engineering & degradation procedures are discussed. For illustrative purposes the author cites (existing) systems, airline reservations and Project Mercury satellite control' (from the dustjacket)
Jacket photograph of roomfull of big computers & data processing center people with telephones. photos in the text include A Typical Torn-Paper-Tape Switching Center and a Queue of Messages waiting to be delivered (hanging papertape strips)...
CONTENTS includes Techniques - inline processing, telecommunication links, online systems, centralizing of information, multiprogramming, shared computers, linked computers, time sharing, large networks; Response Time - types of response time, system operation, Time-Sharing Systems - online programming, time division, supervisory programs, QUICKTRAN processor etc; Reliability & Standby;
The Man-Machine Interface - types & configurations of terminal; error control; man-machine language; the Future; Conversations with a Computer - airline reservations; problem-oriented language; untrained operators; teaching;
The Organization of Data in the Processing Unit; The Programs; Flow of work through a typical system APPLICATIONS - basic functions of an on-line system; The Real-time Computer in a technical System; The Information System in a business environment; Simulaitons; Manufacturing control;
Telecommunications Facilities; Terminals & Displays - manual input, devices for output of infomration etc; Message Switching; Banking; Probability & Queuing Theory; Estimating the Random-Access File Sizes; Core Storage Sizes; Accuracy & Security; Estimating the Terminal Requirements; System Testing;MUCH MORE.