The Digital Computer

The Digital Computer

The Commonwealth and International Library: Applied Electricity and Electronics Division

1st Edition - January 1, 1964

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  • Author: K. C. Parton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181110

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The Digital Computer focuses on the principles, methodologies, and applications of the digital computer. The publication takes a look at the basic concepts involved in using a digital computer, simple autocode examples, and examples of working advanced design programs. Discussions focus on transformer design synthesis program, machine design analysis program, solution of standard quadratic equations, harmonic analysis, elementary wage calculation, and scientific calculations. The manuscript then examines commercial and automatic programming, how computers work, and the components of a computer installation. Topics include central processor, input and output peripheral devices, peripheral storage devices, basic computer elements and operations, basic process of computer operations, automatic programming facilities, working of automatic programs, and solution of quadratic equations. The text takes a look at the use of computers by small organizations, responsibilities of a central computer service, computer approach philosophy, and computer acceptance. The manuscript is a vital source of data for computer science experts and researchers interested in the digital computer.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 The Basic Concepts Involved in Using a Digital Computer

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Elementary Wage Calculation

    1.3 Scientific Calculations

    1.4 Conclusions

    Chapter 2 Simple Autocode Examples

    2.1 Solution of Standard Quadratic Equations

    2.2 Harmonic Analysis

    Chapter 3 Examples of Working Advanced Design Programmes

    3.1 Machine Design Analysis Programme

    3.2 Transformer Design Synthesis Programme

    Chapter 4 Commercial Programming

    4.1 Solution of Quadratic Equations

    4.2 Typical Commercial Application

    Chapter 5 Automatic Programming

    5.1 Automatic Programming Facilities

    5.2 The Working of Automatic Programmes

    Chapter 6 How Computers Work

    6.1 Numbers

    6.2 Basic Computer Elements and Operations

    6.3 Control Functions

    6.4 Arithmetic Operations

    6.5 Basic Process of Computer Operations

    6.6 Conclusions

    Chapter 7 The Components of a Computer Installation

    7.1 The Central Processor

    7.2 Peripheral Storage Devices

    7.3 Input and Output Peripheral Devices

    7.4 Time-Sharing

    Chapter 8 Computer Approach Philosophy

    8.1 The Master Concept

    8.2 The Servant Concept

    8.3 Comparison of the Two Approaches

    8.4 Conclusions

    Chapter 9 Computer Acceptance

    9.1 Understanding

    9.2 Imagination

    9.3 Co-Operation

    9.4 Changes in Staff Activities

    Chapter 10 The Responsibilities of a Central Computer Service

    10.1 Computer Application Engineers

    10.2 Advanced Analysis Group

    10.3 Programming Section

    10.4 Data-Handling Section

    10.5 Examples of Programme Writing Responsibilities

    10.6 Costing Systems

    Chapter 11 The Use of Computers by Small Organisations

    11.1 Programme Development on Remote Computer Working

    11.2 Running Production Work on a Remote Computer

    11.3 Programme and Data Transmission

    11.4 Conclusions


    Appendix—Programming Examples

Product details

  • No. of pages: 132
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1964
  • Published: January 1, 1964
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181110

About the Author

K. C. Parton

About the Editor

P. Hammond

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southampton

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