Accession Number : AD0634325

Title :   AN EVALUATION OF COMMERCIAL TIME SHARING SYSTEMS.

Descriptive Note : Management sciences research rept.,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE INST OF TECH PITTSBURGH PA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ADMINISTRATION

Personal Author(s) : Gold, M. M. ; Stedry,A. C.

Report Date : 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The design of computers and systems which afford simultaneous multiple-user access has been a subject of industrial and academic research for several years. Installation of several 'time-shared' computer systems has proceeded with additional research and development devoted to their improvement. The major effort evidenced, however, has been directed to the development of these facilities as systems with only secondary attention paid to the requirements of the potential users and almost none to management users -- the subject of interest here. In this paper we will attempt to evaluate certain aspects of time-shared systems using the requirements of the potential managerial user as units of analysis. Possible applications of time-sharing are discussed. Description of usage in extant systems is included where applicable but the far-more-vast potential uses constitute the prime focus. In addition, two commercial time-sharing services available to many companies are described in detail as possible predecessors of envisioned gigantic centralized computer systems whose economies of scale and elimination of reduntant data storage make their use by even the largest of companies advantageous. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTERS, *OPERATIONS RESEARCH), (*MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, COMPUTERS), DATA PROCESSING, COMMERCE

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Operations Research
      Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE