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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.
1 Introduction to Minicomputers
Advantages of the Minicomputer
Factors Resulting in Low Cost
The Central Processor
Peripheral Devices for Minicomputer Systems
Visual Display Unit (VDU)
Emulators, Loaders and Other Systems Utilities
Engineering Diagnostic Software
Program Development ('debugging') Software
Compilers and Assemblers
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
4 Selecting the Minicomputer System
The Feasability Study
Use of Consultants
Preparation of Tender
Evaluation of Manufacturers
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Applications
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
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- © Newnes 1976
- 1st January 1976
- eBook ISBN:
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