Accession Number : ADA193671

Title :   Recoding GCSNAST for the VAX 11/780.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 25 Jan 85-9 Mar 88,

Corporate Author : MOREHOUSE COLL ATLANTA GA

Personal Author(s) : Jones, Arthur M

PDF Url : ADA193671

Report Date : 09 Mar 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The object of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a computer programming setting in which a wide variety of computer hardware exist. Such a setting, of course, is in no way unusual, to the contrary, it may in fact represent the norm. But because the criteria used generally to select hardware include a host of factors other than machine performance, environments such as that described above will continue to exist as long as there remains a variety of hardware in the marketplace. This project was intended as an experiment in making the most of that variety within the context of an organization which engages in research/production activities. Project activities were conducted on a minicomputer (DEC VAX 11/780) and a variety of microcomputers. Equipment was selected and environments were structured to resolve the following issues: 1) whether the acquisition of a software-specific microcomputer rather than a general-purpose one can be cost-effective; 2) whether a network of microcomputers can provide a program production environment alternative to the minicomputer; 3) whether a useful alternative microcomputer programming environment can be embedded within a minicomputer; and 4) whether microcomputers on the low end of the price range could provide an adequate programming environment.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, *MICROCOMPUTERS, *MINICOMPUTERS, ACQUISITION, COMPUTERS, COSTS, ENVIRONMENTS, NETWORKS, PRODUCTION, SETTING(ADJUSTING)

Subject Categories : Computer Hardware
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE