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An account of a trip taken by two RAND computer specialists as part of an eight-man technical delegation representing the United States National Joint Computer Committee and its member societies. The genesis of the delegation and its itinerary in the Soviet Union are traced. The state of the art in Soviet computer technology as observed by the delegates is examined, showing the development, construction, applications, routines, and components of the major Soviet computing machines. Impressions are included on Soviet education, the role of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, and Chinese developments in computer technology. Also presented are photographs of Soviet personnel, places, and machines.

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