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Some details of Soviet plans for a large-scale program of automation of industry and of national economic management are beginning to appear with the promulgation of the directives of the 24th CPSU Congress. All national industrial, transport, construction, and agricultural ministries are to have computerized management control systems in operation by 1975, the end of the current five-year plan. Articles describe computerized management goals, the SNCC options to local systems, agriculture's use of the computer network, and Lithuanian management systems for ten industries in their republic. A detailed report is given of the RUTA-110 computer and magnetic disk unit. Other articles describe Iskra keyboard calculators and GDR office computers, the Potok computer for studying models of ships in terms of aerodynamic forces, the Czech TESLA 200 computer, the application of computer technology in education, the economic benefits of computer usage, and an information retrieval system currently in operation in the electrical engineering industry.

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