NIH computer hardware complex

  • A. W. Pratt
Part of the FASEB Monographs book series (FASEBM, volume 2)


In recent years the conduct and management of the extramural, collaborative and intramural programs of the NIH have made increasing use of “computers.” The term “computers” is used here in a generic sense since the programs are supported by a variety of computer capacities and brands. This presentation is included in the program on the presumption that a brief review of one institution’s philosophy and experience in implementing computer services for its staff may be instructive to others facing a similar task. Currently, the NIH computer complement and the numbers of users of this machine complement are large; in excess of 130 machines and 10,000 users are involved. It is important to note that the effort to provide computer services to the NIH began in 1966 and involved a minimal IBM 360/40 machine and a very small number of users. The growth of this enterprise, which has been evolutionary, could be viewed as a special case in biomedical computing. Alternatively, the enterprise could be thought of as the general case, namely that a community of substantively disjoint users can, in the economic and productivity senses, profit greatly by sharing as necessary common medium and large computer capacity resources.


Central Facility Star Network Biomedical Computing Intramural Program High Data Rate Acquisition 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. W. Pratt
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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