The Digital Computer - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080122496, 9781483181110

The Digital Computer

1st Edition

The Commonwealth and International Library: Applied Electricity and Electronics Division

eBook ISBN: 9781483181110
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1964
Page Count: 132
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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


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