Jan 1, 1972
The Five-Year Plan adopted in November does not reflect the CPSU Congress' emphasis on computerization. Glushkov, perhaps the most powerful figure in Soviet computing, says an overall computing network is premature. Elsewhere, Glushkov and associates describe their new ANALITIK language for nonnumerical man/machine dialogue. Another article describes Glushkov's simulation of evolution and random processes, and a fourth, the use of the "Delphi-Glushkov method" to plan an adaptive banking system. IBM sold the Ministry of the Chemical Industry a 360/50. The first Ryad computer made its appearance: the ES-1200, resembling the IBM 360/20 and 30. Details on the Ryad line and some speculations on BESMs and the role of Eastern European countries are given. A correspondent summarizes Poland's computing plans. Other articles deal with problems of, and prerequisites for, computerization and automation; retraining specialists; econometrics; and a sampling method for predicting attendance at feature films.