Accession Number : AD0738078

Title :   The Feasibility of Using Minicomputers for Reducing Large Problem Solving Costs.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : GRUMMAN AEROSPACE CORP BETHPAGE N Y RESEARCH DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Kottler,Carl F. , Jr. ; McGill,Robert

Report Date : FEB 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Significant advances in the miniaturization of digital computers, resulting from stringent size and weight constraints imposed by spacecraft requirements, have brought about a new generation of high speed minicomputers of very low cost, low installation and running expenses, and extremely high reliability. This report documents an investigation that was made of the feasibility of using minicomputers to reduce high costs associated with solving certain classes of problems on large scale systems. It is shown that certain minicomputers, which can be bought at a price equivalent to one month's rental of a large system, can provide speed and accuracy comparable to the large scale computer, but at a far lower cost. A sample program run on an IBM 360/75 for analysis purposes is described in some detail. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DIGITAL COMPUTERS, COST EFFECTIVENESS), TIME STUDIES, EFFICIENCY, COSTS, DATA PROCESSING, DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE