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SEMIANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: 1 July to 31 December 1968 CONCOMP: Research in Conversational Use of Computers

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Original Publication Date: 1969-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-15

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

F. H. Westervelt: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This report describes the research results of the Concomp Project: Research in the Conversational Use of Computers, for the period 1 July to 31 December 1968. Topics include: modifications to the IBM 360/67 central computing facility; expansions of the Data Concentrator (the programmable data communications interface to the 360/67 designed and constructed at the University of Michigan); implementation of the Touch-Tone telephone as a general terminal using the audio response unit; further developments of MAD/I; the development of display file routines for use in communicating between the DEC 338 and the IBM 360/67; and the development of a General Network Service System (GENESES) to provide a framework (both theoretical and practical) within which various network types -- queueing networks, electrical networks, flow networks, etc. -- may be described and analyzed graphically in a conversational manner.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

SEMIANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: 1 July to 31 December 1968 CONCOMP: Research in Conversational Use of Computers

F.H. Westervelt, Project Director ORA Project 07449

supported by: ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON, D.C.

CONTRACT NO. DA-49-083 OSA-3050 ARPA ORDER NO. 716

administered through: OFFICE OF RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION ANN ARBOR

August 1969

ABSTRACT

This report describes the research results of the Concomp Project: Research in the Conversational Use of Computers, for the period 1 July to 31 December 1968. Topics include: modifications to the IBM 360/67 central computing facility; expansions of the Data Concentrator (the programmable data communications interface to the 360/67 designed and constructed at the University of Michigan); implementation of the Touch-Tone telephone as a general terminal using the audio response unit; further developments of MAD/I; the development of display file routines for use in communicating between the DEC 338 and the IBM 360/67; and the development of a General Network Service System (GENESES) to provide a framework (both theoretical and practical) within which various network types -- queueing networks, electrical networks, flow networks, etc. -- may be described and analyzed graphically in a conversational manner.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT.....iii
1. MTS AND CENTRAL SYSTEM.....1
1.1 The Data Concentrator.....4
1.2 Audio Response.....5
2. MAD/I.....8
3. GRAPICS.....35
3.1 CAMA: Computer-Aided Mathematical Analysis.....37
3.2 Associative Memory Application of Graphics.....38

University of Michigan Page 1 Aug 01, 1969

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SEMIANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT: 1 July to 31 December 1968 CONCOMP: Research in Conversational Use of Computers

3.3 Pictorial Data Transmission.....40
4. GENESES: GENERAL NETWORK SERVICE SYSTEM.....41
4.1 SELMA Implementation.....42
4.2 QAS Implementation.....61
4.3 Specification and Documentation.....64
5. LOGIC OF COMPUTERS.....65

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[ Chapter ] 1. MTS AND CENTRAL SYSTEM

The six-month period from July through December 1968 saw several fundamentally important events relative to the research in conversational computing. First of all, the central system hardware reached its fully implemented state.

In August and early September 1968, the ceneral IBM System/360 Model 67 was converted from a "half-duplex" system with one 2067 processor and one I/O channel controller to a "full- duplex" system with two 2067 processors, two I/O channel controllers, and four boxes of memory (or IM b...