Crystal Gazing VI. Updating Computer Technology Projections

  • Donald C. Wells
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 40)


Present-day computer procurements need to be planned on the basis of predictions of future technology. This is because present CPUs, peripherals and software will have to coexist and interconnect with future CPUs, peripherals and software.


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    Thomas A. Bass 1985, “The Eudæmonic Pie”Vintage Books (Random House), New York. The Bohr quotation is taken from the title page of Chapter 1. This is a very entertaining book about microcomputers and roulette and a variety of other subjects.Google Scholar
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    Definition of crystal gazing from: Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 1971, The Unabridged Edition.Google Scholar
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    Previous papers in the author’s “Crystal Gazing” series include:Google Scholar
  4. I. “Gazing Into the Crystal Ball”pp. 490–494 in Image Processing in Astronomy, ed. G. Sedmak, M. Capaccioli, R.J. Allen, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, the proceedings of an international workshop held June 4–8, 1979, in Trieste, Italy.Google Scholar
  5. II. “Implications of Advances in Digital Data Storage Technology”pp. 345–359 in Astronomical Microdensitometry Conference, ed. D.A. Klinglesmith, NASA Conference Publication 2317, the proceedings of a workshop held May 11–13, 1983, at Goddard Space Flight Center.Google Scholar
  6. III. “Image Processing Technology for the NNTT”a report and invited talk prepared for delivery before the NNTT Scientific Advisory Committee, 29 September 1983.Google Scholar
  7. IV. “Workstations in Astronomy-Image Processing and Data Analysis”invited talk at the “Workshop on Applications of Supermicrocomputer Workstations in Physics and Astronomy”held 20–22 January 1984 at the Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.Google Scholar
  8. V. “Computer System Technology Projections”pp. 153–170 in Selected Topics on Data Analysis in Astronomy, ed. V. Di Gesù, L. Scarsi, P. Crane, World Scientific, Singapore, 1987, the general lectures given at the Second Workshop on Data Analysis in Astronomy held April 20–27, 1986, in Erice, Italy.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald C. Wells
    • 1
  1. 1.National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryCharlottesvilleUSA

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