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Introduction to The Automatic Code Translation System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128854D
Original Publication Date: 1969-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-19
Document File: 13 page(s) / 55K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Knitter, H.R.: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The following material is the introductory portion of a report of progress on task D, contract DA 36-039 SC75047. The purpose of this task of the contract with the Institute for Cooperative Research (Moore School), University of Pennsylvania, is to provide the Signal Corps with a system of automatic program generation for a variety of general purpose digital computers.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Introduction to The Automatic Code Translation System [ title ]

The following material is the introductory portion of a report of progress on task D, contract DA 36-039 SC75047. The purpose of this task of the contract with the Institute for Cooperative Research (Moore School), University of Pennsylvania, is to provide the Signal Corps with a system of automatic program generation for a variety of general purpose digital computers.

Though not a complete or formal document in itself, this introduction is being distributed for the interest of persons active in the field of data processing and as a result of many requests for information on the subject contract. The entire report will be distributed through normal channels (as Part 2, Vol IV of Final Report No AD59URI) pending its completion and approval.

For further information contact

H. R. Knitter

U.S. Army Signal Research & Dev Lab
Data Equipment Branch (SIGFM,/EL-NPE)

Ft. Monmouth, N. J. Work herein described was performed by William J. Turanski and Anatol W. Holt, Remington Rand Univac, under sub- contract to the Moore School

Foreword

Throughout the ensuing report, use has been made of a particular notation for coordinating text with accompanying pictures and diagrams. Many (though not all) of the pictorial representations have various of their parts, singly or collectively exhibited by means of arrows or braces to which a parenthesized number is attached. For example:

(Image Omitted)

Here "(1)" might refer to the inner circle; "(2)" to the two squares; "(3)" to the connection; and "(4)" to the entire ensemble. In the accompanying text, sentences (or parts of sentences) are indexed with the corresponding numbers, thus:
"Each cell(2) which contains a circular element(l) is joined to another such cell by a connecting rod(3). A joined pair of cells is called a complex(4)."

The raised parenthesized numerals in these sentences direct the reader to the corresponding numeral in an accompanying figure.

Each set of features indicated by a numbered arrow or brace is also called an "illustration". About the sample figure the text might therefore say: "Illustration 3 shows the connecting rod which joins two cells. Illustration 4 makes it clear that complexes must contain two cells".

INTRODUCTION

U.S. Army Signal Research and Development Lab Page 1 Jan 01, 1969

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Introduction to The Automatic Code Translation System

[ chapter 1 ] The Problem.

The Subject Programming research and development work has as its primary goal the construction of a "system", to be called the ACT system, which will materially reduce the man- to- machine communication problem in operating the Army FIELDATA System. The fundamental assumptions with regard to this communications problem are:

1. that the FIELDATA system employs a variety of different digital computers;
2. that the computational problems to be solved with these machines belong to...