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Based on past Soviet performance, the editor speculates that the third-generation Ryad machines may not appear in 1972 as planned, and that Ryad operating systems will be plagued with both hardware and software problems. This issue of SCR contains several articles on the accelerated installation of industrial process control systems and management information systems, including discussions of the five-year plan for automation; the difficulties in obtaining professional assistance in installing a production control system in Leningrad; the installation of district service bureau centers in Rostov; and a Latvian program called EKOMA that integrates computers and econometric methods for the republic-wide management of industry, agriculture, construction, and consumer services. Also discussed are ASPR, an automated approach to planning; the PROEKT automated design system for computers and computational systems; the Nairi-3 integrated-circuit machine; an oral input system; and an automated accounting system for billing long-distance telephone calls.

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