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Computer

Issue 8 • Aug 1995

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  • Fibre Channel: a connection to the future

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):88 - 90
    Cited by:  Papers (6)  |  Patents (7)
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    With commodity microprocessors on the horizon capable of processing hundreds of MIPS, current transmission rates cannot accommodate “Amdahl's Law”-where 1 Mbps of I/O is required for every MIPS of processing power-and will become a bottleneck to system performance in data-intensive applications. To remedy this shortcoming, ANSI Committee X3T11 initiated development of Fibre Channel, a ... View full abstract»

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  • What goes into an information warehouse?

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):84 - 85
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Recent articles dealing with the “information superhighway” and “information warehouse” have raised public awareness and interest in these topics, but they have contributed little toward answering a fundamental question: what kind of information do managers and workers use? For the Information Age, we need measures on the cost of creating, using and transporting information... View full abstract»

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  • The value of the formal standards process

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):82 - 83
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    The purpose of this article is to critique the process of developing formal standards, which are those that have been approved by an official standards-making body. The bodies that impact US computer standards most include the International Standards Organization (ISO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Electrica... View full abstract»

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  • The Linux operating system

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):74 - 79
    Cited by:  Papers (13)
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    The enormous consumer market for IBM PCs and compatibles has made them affordable. Now, with a free operating system called Linux, these inexpensive machines can be converted into powerful workstations for teaching, research and software development. For professionals who use Unix-based workstations at work, Linux permits virtually identical working environments on their personal home machines. Fo... View full abstract»

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  • Computer science research in Mexico

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):56 - 62
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) brings Canada, Mexico and the USA closer as commercial partners and raises many questions because of the disparity in the size and strength of their economies. In the long run, the low labor costs said to give Mexico a competitive edge will become less relevant, since Mexican government officials see NAFTA as a tool to create jobs, increase salaries ... View full abstract»

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  • Intellectual property protection for multimedia application. 2. Putting the pieces together

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):99 - 100
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    In its recently published guidelines (60 Fed. Reg. 28778, June 2, 1995), the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) said computer software programs stored in a tangible medium, such as a floppy disk, are patentable and must be examined to determine whether the substance of a computer-program related invention is a significant advance over prior technical achievement justifying the grant of a patent.... View full abstract»

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  • Of deck chairs, suits, and quiz shows [Internet]

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):80 - 81
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    Should marketing-based, centralized management and control be forced on to a distributed and fundamentally anarchic network? It seems that those responsible for representing the public interest-specifically the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-appear surprisingly uninterested in examining whether the public is currently being well-served by the existing Internet architecture. No-one seems t... View full abstract»

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  • From nationalism to pragmatism: IT policy in China

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):64 - 73
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    The challenges and obstacles faced are many, but through foreign investment, joint ventures and technology transfer, China is slowly achieving hard-won advances in IT development and use. Its IT strategy has shifted from developing indigenous technological capabilities and producing a full range of computers to promoting IT use and producing PCs and components. Tariffs have been lowered to encoura... View full abstract»

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  • Where is software headed? A virtual roundtable

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):20 - 32
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    To find out where software is headed, experts in academia and industry share their vision of software's future. It is a snapshot in time of where we have been and possibly where we are headed. The subjects discussed are: the desktop; software technology; objects; software agents; software engineering; parallel software; and the curriculum. The results suggest a strong polarization within the softw... View full abstract»

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  • SPEC as a performance evaluation measure

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):33 - 42
    Cited by:  Papers (21)  |  Patents (3)
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    Potential computer system users or buyers usually employ a computer performance evaluation technique only if they believe its results provide valuable information. System Performance Evaluation Cooperative (SPEC) measures are perceived to provide such information and are therefore the ones most commonly used. SPEC measures are designed to evaluate the performance of engineering and scientific work... View full abstract»

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  • Program comprehension during software maintenance and evolution

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):44 - 55
    Cited by:  Papers (184)
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    Code cognition models examine how programmers understand program code. The authors survey the current knowledge in this area by comparing six program comprehension models: the Letovsky (1986) model; the Shneiderman and Mayer (1979) model; the Brooks (1983) model; Soloway, Adelson and Ehrlich's (1988) top-down model; Pennington's (1987) bottom-up model; and the integrated metamodel of von Mayrhause... View full abstract»

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Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society, publishes peer-reviewed articles written for and by computer researchers and practitioners representing the full spectrum of computing and information technology, from hardware to software and from emerging research to new applications. 

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Lancaster University
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