Issue No. 10 - October (1977 vol. 10)
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.
R. Gordon and W. Burr, "Selecting a Military Computer Architecture," in Computer, vol. 10, no. , pp. 16-23, 1977.