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The 24th CPSU Congress ordered major national efforts in computing, automation, and systems analysis. High Soviet officials and executives take three-month courses in the systems approach and econometric methods at the new Institute for Management of the National Economy. The Agriculture Ministry established a cybernetics research institute — the first step toward computational support for farming. Denying a Russian report, CDC states there are no CDC-7600s outside the United States. Feature articles describe problems with youth; lack of progress on medical electronics and on the State Network of Computer Centers; the Donetsk, AKKORD, and other control systems; the first Soviet work on long-range forecasting; new applied mathematics faculties at four universities; and a light-pen device that can photograph its alphanumeric and graphic displays. Binary-coded microfilm replaces punchcards and tape in the large computer system being developed by the Weather Service. Extensive feasibility studies for a Belorussian medical reporting system are the first SCR has seen.

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