[Soviet Cybernetics Review], Vol. 1, No. 2

by Wade B. Holland

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The 1971 State Plan includes a 20 percent increase in computer production. Cyberneticists Glushkov and Amosov are on the Supreme Soviet. A. P. Ershov is the first computer scientist elected to the USSR Academy of Sciences. The M-3000, largest of the IBM/360-like ASVT series, is in use. With 36 million operations per second, the CDC-7600 at the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research is the fastest computer in the communist world. Some 30 automated management systems for entire industries or economic sectors are being implemented. City management of Leningrad is to be automated. Remote automatic control of automobile traffic in Moscow is now being tested. Czechoslovakia is being pressured to Sovietize her computer industry and restrict it to supplying peripherals and small equipment. Soviet computing still suffers from inadequate planning, personnel, and jobs. The Ministry of the Electrical Engineering Industry has found only 27 percent of the engineers and 40 percent of the applied mathematicians it seeks.

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