Accession Number : AD0737234

Title :   Limits in Computing Power,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Ware,Willis H.

Report Date : OCT 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : In its few decades of existence, digital computer performance has increased staggeringly. In the 1930s, computers performed operations a few per second; the largest contemporary machines are approaching 100 million per second. Most of this ratio of 8 orders of magnitude--has come from advances in electronic technology--relays to vacuum tubes to discrete solid state circuits to integrated microcircuits; some has come from internal logical organization and system architecture. Ultimately, the principles of physics must limit computer speeds. This paper, drawing on a number of research results, attempts to estimate the performance yet possible to achieve; but to put the subject in context, the authors briefly review some problems which demand super computers.

Descriptors :   (*DIGITAL COMPUTERS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)), DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, TIME STUDIES

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE