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By David E. Lundstrom

During this own memoir, electric engineer David Lundstrom remembers the heyday of early computing, the increase of keep watch over info out of the Univac department of Sperry Rand, such milestone desktops because the Univac and the Naval Tactical info process the exploits of CDC's most sensible clothier Seymour Cray, and the slow company shift from the interesting and technically attention-grabbing global of computing device layout to inner politics and clumsy forms. - writer.  Read more...

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Wh His Own NTDS display proje ct This pattern of spin-offs and merg ers is common in the computer industry. Some of the causes are examined in a later chapter. To return to the story of th e NTDS development a gre at rumor soon spread th rough the hallways: Univac had been awarded a $50 million contract to develop a" service test' system based on a new shipboard dig ital computer] This meant that the computers and re lated periphe ral equipmen t would move out of th e laborat ory, be manufactured in small quantities, installed aboard Navy ships, and evaluated und er act ual operating conditions.

Despite my growing disillusionment with the senior management I was tremendously excited to be an engineer in the computer business. I firmly believe that engineering creativity feeds on itself and that the physical proximity of engineering groups doing innovative work stimulates innovation in other project areas of the same plant As the nuclear scientist says of an atomic reaction, Univac 51. Paul had" gone critical" It was now generating new product ideas much faster than they could be absorbed or exploited.

If it was successfully executed, the follow-up business could be many times as large as the original contract value.

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