Accession Number:

ADA148520

Title:

National Software Works

Descriptive Note:

Semi-annual technical rept. 12 Dec 1978-30 Jun 1979

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS COMPUTER ASSOCITAES INC WAKEFIELD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-07-12

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

The National Software Works NSW is a significant new step in the development of distributed processing systems and computer networks. NSW is an ambitious project to link a set of geographically distributed and diverse hosts with an operating system which appears as a single entity to a prospective user. The National Software Works is being developed in response to a growing concern over the high cost of software. The Air Force has estimated that in FY72 it spent between 1 billion and 1.5 billion on software, about three times the annual expenditure on computer hardware. The Air Force has further estimated that by 1985 software expenditures will be over 90 of total computer costs. Both industry and government have committed vast resources for the development of tools--automated aids for the implementors of software and the managers of software implementation projects. These tools include compilers, editors, debuggers, design systems, test management tools, language analyzers, etc. The difficulty is not the existence of suitable tools for a given programming task it is the availability of the tools.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE