[Soviet Cybernetics Review], Vol. 3, No. 6.

by Wade B. Holland


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Over half the issue gives technical data on the ES-1050, 1030, and 1020 computers and 31 peripherals (no detailed information on the 1040 is available). According to an article on computerization problems in agriculture, the first Minsk-32 documentation came out 3 years after mass production began. Research and design specialists spend hours in libraries hand-copying design volumes. The Committee of National Inspection reports over 20 decisions about software unimplemented. Institutes and enterprises spend millions developing programs that should have come with computers--70,000,000 rubles yearly just for debugging machine time. No technical standards for software exist. Other articles describe: resistance to centralized servicing of computers; the Siberian Department, Academy of Sciences' cooperation with a large factory; the Unified Systems of Design Documentation and Technological Documentation; factory robots; progress in automation; and duplication of function between agencies of the Ministry of Instrument Construction and the Ministry of the Radio Industry. 73 pp.

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