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Summary of 1977 Independent Research on User Oriented Remote Computing,

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The usefulness of computers in solving scientific problems is a function of the ease with which users can communicate with existing hardware and software. This research is aimed at improving such man-computer communication. Specifically, a computer system has been designed and partially implemented which will provide a software interface between users, possibly inexperienced in computer processing techniques, and available programs and analysis systems. This system, denoted ASSIST A Scientific Software Interface System for Terminal users, aids users in accessing and utilizing existing applications software from remote terminals. The system provides three basic functions. It helps users find programs relevant to their problems it assists them in preparing required input data and it aids in the actual submittal of programs and data for computer processing. The basic approach has been to design a language which programmers can use to describe program characteristics function, input format, submittal requirements, etc.. These descriptions can then be interactively interpreted by ASSIST to aid individuals wishing to use any available program. In addition to improving ASSIST, a major portion of the current research has been directed at determining the proper hardwaresoftwarefirmware configuration to support it and other user oriented interactive capabilities.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware

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