Accession Number : AD0914142

Title :   Machine for Information Display and Simulation (MIDAS)

Descriptive Note : Research rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL UNDERWATER SYSTEMS CENTER NEW LONDON CT

Personal Author(s) : Krajec, Andrew C

PDF Url : AD0914142

Report Date : 25 Sep 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The machine for Information Display and Simulation (MIDAS) is a tool for basic display research and a simulator for evaluating console design. A Data General Supernova Minicomputer directs the operation of two independent high- resolution display controllers. A Honeywell DDP-516 Minicomputer executes real- time mathematical models of the AN/SQS-26 sonar system and its environment and targets. Control of the wide dynamic range of display parameters (e. g., refresh rate and video and reflection signals) are accessible to the experimenter for display research. The simulation capabilities of MIDAS are demonstrated by its display-level simulation of the AN/SQS-26 MOD Display Subsystem in order to evaluate the subsystem prior to specification. The MIDAS hardware is described with emphasis on that which is special purpose as opposed to commercially available equipment. The discussion of software also emphasizes the special purpose category, which consists of control, display interaction, modeling, and analytical efforts. A typical sequence for initiating an experiment is described, and current plans and accommodations to expand MIDAS are discussed.

Descriptors :   *DISPLAY SYSTEMS, CATHODE RAY TUBES, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, INPUT OUTPUT DEVICES, INTERACTIONS, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PLAN POSITION INDICATORS, REAL TIME, RESOLUTION, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES, SIMULATION, SONAR EQUIPMENT, VIDEO SIGNALS

Subject Categories : Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware
      Acoustic Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE