Accession Number : AD0699653

Title :   PURPOSE AND PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN OF THE 'SATURN' ANALOG-DIGITAL SYSTEM,

Corporate Author : FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Nikolaev,N. S. ; Kozlov,E. S. ; Maksimov,M. M.

Report Date : 10 OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The 'Saturn,' a system of analog and digital computers, was designed for solving complex boundary-value problems as encountered in the development of oil and gas deposits. The complex problem of automatic switching of network resistances was aggravated by the lack of reliable, inexpensive high-speed relays. The most promising was found to be the RES-6, an armatureless potted reed-type relay, with an operating speed approaching that of contactless relays, electrical characteristics similar to those of contact relays, reliability exceeding that of both types, and capable of 20-25,000,000 operations before failure. The analog part of the 'Saturn' (called the 'Vega') consists of a network unit with 1,024 junction points, a boundary-condition unit, an automatic measuring unit, a main control panel, and a channel-switching unit for connecting the various units to the network. Its peripheral equipment includes an alphanumeric print-out, a device for scanning and recording equipotential and force lines, and equipment for coupling the analog and digital units. The digital part is based on the 'Minsk-12' vacuum-tube computer augmented by auxiliary ferrite operational data accumulators.

Descriptors :   (*PETROLEUM INDUSTRY, DATA PROCESSING), (*ANALOG-DIGITAL COMPUTERS, USSR), BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS, ELECTRIC RELAYS

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE