[Soviet Cybernetics Review], Vol. 1, No. 4

by Wade B. Holland


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A complete report on directives of the 24th CPSU Congress for the ninth five-year plan from the computing viewpoint reveals understanding of as well as far greater emphasis on computer technology, automated management and process control systems, and advanced economic planning techniques. The plan mandated a unified, systematic approach to designing and applying management and control systems; standardized automated information collection and processing and nationwide communications; and a coordinated state network of computer centers. Other articles describe the RUTA-701, ChARS-65, and Blank-1 automatic readers; Sirena-1 Aeroflot reservation/ticketing system; Dubna's BESM-6 and CDC 1604; Kiev intraplant competitions; military exercises using PERT; an information retrieval system for chemistry; a methodology for allocating R&D resources; a 70th birthday tribute to Academician Lavrant'ev; the emergence of Estonian leadership in computer education and agricultural computerization; the need for computers in retailing; and a new management science abstract journal.

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