Hydrologic Work Group System Using Distributed Task Processing

by William James, McMaster Univ, Computational, Hydraulics Group, Hamilton, Ont, Canada,
Ali Unal, McMaster Univ, Computational, Hydraulics Group, Hamilton, Ont, Canada,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: The notion behind work group systems is that a collection of co-workers, numbering from a few to a few tens of people, is the logical unit around which to build a centralized microcomputer system. The users of these computers share both information and computer resources within the group. The three primary technologies for achieving this are (a) local area networks, (b) multi-user microcomputers, and (c) data base management systems. Typical activities of a hydrologic/hydraulic work group are listed. Continuous modeling is shown to be an important emerging technique, and concomitant centralized time series management is briefly described. Typical sizes of the central time-series store are given. A minimum hardware configuration that is mainframe compatible is described, and typical costs are indicated. The performance of the system is described.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Hydrology | Computer networks | Time series analysis | Data processing | Employees | Information management

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