Implementing Large Programs on Microcomputers

by Martin F. Rooney, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, N.Y. 12181,
Jonathon D. Howland, Doctoral Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, N.Y. 12181,
Ronald J. Molz, Undergraduate Student; Dept. of Mech. Engrg., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, N.Y. 12181,


Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 125-137


Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: Lenocker W. Tracy (See full record)
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Abstract: The capabilities of running large programs on micro-computers and the size limitations imposed on software are examined. Suggestions are provided based on practical experience gained during the conversion of a large program rather than abstract theories. A test case (slope stability analysis) is run on a minimal hardware configuration. The examination is divided into three major topics: storage issues, translation issues, and economic issues. A summary of lessons learned about converting large programs is provided.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Case studies | Slope stability | Economic factors | Computers

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