Remarks--Seminar for Directors of Academic Computing Services.

by Willis H. Ware

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Forecasts of changes in the computing world, prepared for a University of Colorado seminar for directors of academic computing services. Some changes appear inevitable. The volume of information in transit at any moment of time will escalate markedly. We will do more computing and do it faster and cheaper. Component technology will continue to advance and processor architecture is bound to improve, as we learn from each cycle of product development how to do the next one better. Since software systems and languages are major difficulties now, we can expect changes--perhaps the proliferation of simple, natural languages oriented to specific groups of users or specific classes of workloads; perhaps nested languages or families of languages; and perhaps a wholesale substitution of hardware for software. Networking of computer systems that are fundamentally different in nature, like the ARPA network, may be the way for smaller schools to provide large or special computational capabilities. 4 pp.

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