The April issue features an extended description of the BESM-6 hardware, software, and list of instructions; the computer does not appear well suited to the multiprogramming for which it was designed. Soviet game theory is described as similar in level to that of the United States, but is of different content. It has been applied successfully to control and productivity (often as a game against Nature, as in catching fish or planning transmission lines). In view of the shortage and inferiority of Soviet computers, a political economy faculty calls for hardware, software, and services similar to those of the capitalist states --if necessary, by licensing foreign patents. Other articles give criteria for installing automatic control systems; defend the usefulness of mathematical optimization methods; recommend forecasting of technical developments through the study of patents; report work on noncrystalline semiconductors used as vidicons; and describe medical applications of computers. 145 pp.
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