A Perspective on Engineering Computingby James L. Tocher, Boeing Computer Services Co, Seattle, WA, USA,
Abstract: Computing in engineering seems to be evolving very rapidly and yet the data shows that it frequently takes twenty years before a viable concept becomes widely available. Economics is the key factor controlling the widespread use of computing. Computing capability is packaged and the internal processes (algorithms) are then almost forgotten. And finally, even with all the progress made in computing over the past twenty years, it is still very expensive to transmit large amounts of data over long distances, and it is still very difficult to transmit any amount of data between dissimilar computers.
Subject Headings: Economic factors | Algorithms | Computer aided operations | Power transmission
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