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The Next Computer Revolution

In less than 50 years computers have become essential to industrial society; in the next phase they will grow more powerful by at least an order of magnitude and become a ubiquitous intellectual utility

By Abraham Peled

Advanced Computer Architectures

Conventional computers attack problems one step at a time. Advanced computers are able to do several parts of the problem at once, just as a team of workmen might divide a task to complete it more quickly

By Geoffrey C. Fox and Paul C. Messina

Chips for Advanced Computing

In 1959 the number of transistors that would fit on a chip was one; now it has surpassed a million. As limits are reached, the pace is slowing, but by 2000 there will be chips with a billion components

By James D. Meindl

Programming for Advanced Computing

Parallel computers pose the major challenge: they demand programs that do many things at once. How do we organize a complex beehive of activities to form a coherent whole?

By David Gelernter

Data-Storage Technologies for Advanced Computing

In five years magnetic devices will write and read data twice as fast as today's systems on a disk holding five times more data. Magneto-optical technology offers an even higher storage density

By Mark H. Kryder

Interfaces for Advanced Computing

Why should sophisticated computers be difficult to use? The coming generation of supercomputers will have the power to make elaborate artificial realities that facilitate user-computer communication

By James D. Foley

Networks for Advanced Computing

Computers linked in networks can interact and can share programs, data and expensive hardware. The physical link is not enough: one computer must be able to understand what a different one is saying

By Robert E. Kahn

Advanced Computing for Science

Computational experiments are enriching scientific investigation. They are now becoming as important as theory, observation and laboratory experiments

By Gerald Jay Sussman and Piet Hut

Advanced Computing for Manufacturing

Supercomputers may assume a major role in industry. They have already greatly influenced the design of such aerodynamically efficient products as airplanes and cars

By Albert M. Erisman and Kenneth W. Neves

Departments

  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: October 1987

  • Back with a Vengeance

  • Animal Passions

  • Hearts of Darkness

  • Getting Warmer

  • Threat to the Spotted Owl

  • Eyeing Myopia

  • Sonic Punch

  • Skin of Frog ...

  • Torn Genes

  • Dysaphrodisiacs

  • The Bad Seed

  • Back to the Future

  • It's a Dirty Job

  • But is it Art?

  • Advanced Computing for Medicine

  • Computer Recreations, October 1987

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, October 1987

  • Recommended

    Books, October 1987

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Scientist, October 1987

  • Departments

    The Authors, October 1987

  • Bibliography, October 1987

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