Soviet Cybernetics Review, Vol. 3, No. 1.

by Wade B. Holland

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A two-week visit to Chinese computing centers indicates unexpectedly high effort and competence, combining primitive and sophisticated techniques. In the USSR, halfway through the Five-Year Plan, only 2 of 5 Ryad third-generation computers were announced; the software developers have not received them. This happened earlier with the Minsk-32. For the same capacity, Ryads cost several times more. Pravda lays main responsibility for correcting computer production, development, and utilization upon the hitherto mysterious Ministry of the Radio Industry. Other articles reveal that automated management systems typically require 250 man-years to develop and that the much-praised Lvov TV Plant MIS requires more accounting personnel than before. There are also descriptions of a computing network with a talking computer, a neuron computer model, design criteria for spacecraft computers, and a remote programming console. The regular highlights, brief items, conferences, and new book notes are included. (Volume 2 is R-960.)

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