IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 4 -- BOOK REVIEWS
Original Publication Date: 1978-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
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B78-10 Data Processing in 1980-1985: A Study of Potential Limitations to Progress -- Silt Committee of SHARE Inc. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1976, 191 pp., $13.50)
This treatise on problems that plague the "large, general-purpose business-oriented data processing systems" was authored by the Silt Committee of SHARE Inc., an organization of users of large data processing systems (predominantly those supplied by IBM). The book's basic assumption is the continued development of all phases of computer technology along their current paths. This includes such predictions as "programming practices will remain a craft," and certain assumptions of world stability: no major war, and no major political, economic, or social revolution. The book is based on a very conservative attitude towards the future -- a view that includes no new technologies and ignores existing entities such as minis and micros and the effects of LSI technologies.
The meat of the book is contained in six chapters. In the chapter on "environment," the Silt Committee predicts the need for additional security, research, and standardization. In the future, according to the committee, user demands will be significant. They will require reliability, availability, consistency, understandability, simplicity, and forgiveness by future computer facilities. This will come about by interfacing the installation control program with the vendor- supplied system control program. Presumably, each installation will have its own ICP customized and modified to suit the installation, thereby removing the user one level further from the underlying system.
Application programs will capture data closer to the source as opposed to having the data arrive at the computational facility ready for input on punched cards or magnetic tape. One of the implications of this "future" goal is the addition of more remote terminals and automated sensors attached to computer systems. According to the Silt Committee. this ability to capture the data in real time will be complemented by the requirement to maintain and process large data base on- line.