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October 1977 (vol. 10 no. 10)
pp. 16-23
W.E. Burr, U.S. Army Electronics Command
Selecting or even designing a computer architecture is at best as much a black art as a science. The problem is particularly difficult when one tries to choose an architecture meant to serve a very broad range of users whose present and future requirements are poorly understood. This article describes the activities of a joint Army/Navy Selection Committee, which was charged with the task of selecting a single computer architecture to be used as the basis for a new military computer family. The range of applications for military computers is broad and ill defined; how the committee tried to cope with this problem should be of interest to others who are interested in measuring, designing, or selecting computer architectures.
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W.E. Burr, R. Gordon, "Selecting a Military Computer Architecture," Computer, vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 16-23, Oct. 1977, doi:10.1109/C-M.1977.217522
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