1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Author: Peter C. Sanderson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483192239

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Minicomputers illustrate some of the potential pitfalls and benefits that can be gained if a minicomputer system is chosen wisely. This book is divided into five chapters—introduction, software, programming, selecting the minicomputer system, and applications. This text specifically discusses the advantages of the minicomputer, peripheral devices for minicomputer systems, arithmetical software, and operating systems. The nature of programming language, typical minicomputer assembly language functions, and feasibility study are also elaborated. This monograph likewise covers the preparation of tender, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) applications, and unusual applications of minicomputers. This publication is beneficial to all potential users such as scientists, research workers, process control engineers, and business managers, including educationalists concerned with computer education.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction to Minicomputers

    Advantages of the Minicomputer


    Current Uses

    Factors Resulting in Low Cost

    Store (Memory)

    The Central Processor

    Peripheral Devices for Minicomputer Systems


    Visual Display Unit (VDU)

    Environmental Requirements

    2 Software

    Operating Systems

    Emulators, Loaders and Other Systems Utilities

    Engineering Diagnostic Software

    Arithmetical Software

    Program Development ('debugging') Software

    Compilers and Assemblers

    Applications Software

    3 Programming

    First Stages in Designing a Program

    The Nature of Programming Language

    Machine Code and Assembly Language

    Typical Minicomputer Assembly Language Functions

    Minicomputer Assembly Language Addressing

    High-level Languages and the Minicomputer

    Languages for Real-Time Processing

    Program Development

    4 Selecting the Minicomputer System

    The Feasability Study

    Use of Consultants

    Preparation of Tender

    Evaluation of Manufacturers

    5 Applications

    Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Applications

    Process Control

    Numerical Control fo Machine Tools

    Laboratory and Research Applications

    Patient Monitoring System

    The Minicomputer and Data Communications

    Minicomputers in Education

    Unusual Applications of Minicomputers

    Large Mainframe Monitoring

    Fire Services Applications


Product details

  • No. of pages: 118
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483192239

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