Moving Targets

Moving Targets

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This book charts the take-up of IT in Britain, as seen through the eyes of one company. It examines how the dawn of the digital computer age in Britain took place for different applications, from early government-sponsored work on secret defence projects, to the growth of the market for Elliott computers for civil applications. Features: charts the establishment of Elliotta€™s Borehamwood Research Laboratories, and the roles played by John Coales and Leon Bagrit; examines early Elliott digital computers designed for classified military applications and for GCHQ; describes the analogue computers developed by Elliott-Automation; reviews the development of the first commercial Elliot computers and the growth of applications in industrial automation; includes a history of airborne computers by a former director of Elliott Flight Automation; discusses the computer architectures and systems software for Elliott computers; investigates the mergers, takeovers and eventual closure of the Borehamwood laboratories.Machines. and. the. Applications. 7.1. The. Need. for. Digital. Control. As implied in Chap. 6, the general-purpose ... Bunt recalls that: a#39;of all the [Elliott] directors, it was Dr. Ross that we most frequently saw [at Borehamwood]. ... central to that objective except in so far as they contributed to developing the necessary technology and making ... 6, the advent of compact, rugged and reliable computers transformed manual control via data logging into the more automated forms of control.

Title:Moving Targets
Author:Simon Lavington
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-05-19


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