Investigation of Minuteman D17B Computer Reutilization
TULANE UNIV NEW ORLEANS LA SYSTEMS LAB
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A large number of NS-10Q Inertial Guidance Systems have been declared excess by the USAF which contain D17B digital computers. This report describes the capabilities of these computers and many appropriate applications in which the D17B--a highly reliable and versatile serial-binary minicomputer--can be beneficially employed. Typical areas of application are control, data acquisition, and on-line communications. A single system design will suffice for the application of several D17Bs to similar tasks. While such modifications are very inexpensive, the required interfacing must still be developed. This interfacing is the key to flexible use of these minicomputers typical IO devices include typewriters, teletypes, flexowriters, magnetic and paper tape units, printers, and card readers. Despite the difficulties of limited documentation during the early phases of this investigation and the associated frustration, the D17B is now performing useful functions in the Systems Laboratory at minimal cost.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles