An Emerging Application of Microcomputers in Water Control

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by Dennis J. Huff, Placer County Flood Control and, Water Conservation District, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers:

Abstract: Plans being developed at the Corps' Hydrologic Engineering Center propose a gradual transfer of water control support from minicomputers to a network of microcomputer workstations. Cost and performance factors appear to favor the microcomputer network. The peak processing capacity of the system is expected to be greater and the network configuration permits redundancies to assure greater reliability. Further, a responsive user interface is easier to achieve on a microcomputer. Initially, existing software will be adapted to the micro-based workstations and the workstations will be connected with the existing minicomputers. Routine processing will gradually shift to the workstations. Development of new software will be aimed at the workstations. The networks will be implemented exclusively on microcomputers when software and hardware are fully capable.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computer networks | Water resources | Hydrologic engineering | Permits | System reliability | Control systems |

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