From Micro to Supermicro

by Mohsin Zaidi, Dir. of Community Development; Assoc. of Central Oklahoma Governments, Oklahoma City, OK 73118,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 5, Pg. 74-75

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments found that simply replacing its microcomputers with supermicros wasn't enough to tackle large files of census tracts and other mapping data. Though the new network processed and stored more data at a faster rate, the Oklahoma City-based regional planning agency, learned that the new supermicros slowed down when several users taxed the system's main central processing unit. So a year after ACOG invested nearly $70,000 to upgrade its computers, the agency had to spend some $15,000 on five additional supermicros, each with its own central processing unit with hookups to a main CPU. Now the regional planners can handle large jobs requiring substantial memory and storage without disrupting other office management functions, such as word processing.

Subject Headings: Microcomputers | Regional development | Census | Mapping |

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