An introduction to information processing by Harvey M Deitel; Barbara Deitel

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During the fou rth generation, CDC an­ nounced the STAR- 1 00. which could perform ap­ proximately 1 00 million operations per second! Then came the CDC CYBER 205, which can per­ form 800 million operations per second. By the late 1 980s it 1s expected that computers capable of per­ forming 5 billion instructions per second will be available. Technology in the 1 990s may make 1t possible for computers to perform 1 00 billion in­ structions per second I Why the interest in such power? 1 nt manufacturer' of 'upcrcomputer\.

This concept, called multiprogramming, proved to be tremendously successful. In the early 1 960s several groups in industry and at universities pioneered the concept of timesharing, a method of sharing a computer in which tens or hundreds of users access the cen­ tral computer through typewriterlike terminals. Control Data Corporation ( CDC) was the most significant new company to appear on the scene during the second generation. Today, CDC is one iE fIH1 36 Introduction The Whirlwind I computer.

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