A Perspective on Engineering Computing

by James L. Tocher, Boeing Computer Services Co, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


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: Computing in civil engineering | Computer software | Computer aided operations | Economic factors | Algorithms | Power transmission | Structural analysis

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