Report of the CACTOS Project: Investigation of Computation and Communication Trade-Offs in Military Command and Control Systems
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The report describes a group of experiments whose purpose was the expansion, refinement, and validation of the CACTOS computer-network analysis model. The experiments were conducted on both existing and planned computer networks in order to arrive at conclusions with respect to computation resources and to obtain guidelines for use in the design, construction, and modification of computer networks. The primary issue investigated was the question of whether, in general, centralized or decentralized distributed computational power offers the best potential performance and cost-effectiveness for present and future computer network configurations. The conclusion was that partial decentralization, using large computers to achieve economies of scale, provides optimum results for the types of computer networks that will be constructed to meet the needs of the Department of Defense during the 1975-1980 time period.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware
- Computer Systems
- Command, Control and Communications Systems