[Soviet Cybernetics Review], Vol. 3, No. 5.

by Wade B. Holland

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Over half this issue is devoted to reporting all available information (some conflicting) on the ES computers, including input formats and the (translated) instruction set. Dissension plagues the six-nation consortium. According to the chief Gosplan project spokesman, Cuba has recently been added. On other topics, two researchers report R&D costs far outstripping productivity gains; another, that doubling automotive production quadruples information processing labor. Articles describe: an ambitious planned automated production management system for an automotive plant; nonstandard peripherals for the BESM-6; "automatic advisers" for production control workers, also usable in automated systems; AIST timesharing systems; M-6000 control computer production; automated management of calculator production; a robot equipment operator; thirteen typical industrial management systems; relevant 1973 State Prize nominations; and proposed new "bit computers" with digital representation for accuracy and analog processing for speed. The Soviet press now prints friendly articles on U.S./USSR cooperation rather than attacks. 91 pp.

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