minicomputer


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minicomputer

a medium-scale COMPUTER with sizeable data storage facilities which is often accessible simultaneously from several terminals.

As MICROCOMPUTERS and minicomputers have become more powerful in terms of data-processing speed and data-storage capacity, the distinction between them and MAINFRAME computers has become blurred.

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Just for grins, let me compare the LTO2 of today against the first 8MM device released on Wang's VS minicomputer (my market before entering Windows).
"During the mid-80's, minicomputer companies were high-growth, high-margin companies regarded by investors, the business press, and academia as among the world's best-manages organizations.
During the early 1970s, the typical system consisted of a 16-bit minicomputer with 8 kilobytes to 16 kB of main memory (a kilobyte represents [2.sup.10] bytes of information), a disk system that held 2.5 megabytes to 10 MB of data (a megabyte represents [2.sup.20] bytes), and a custom designed interface using an 11-inch storage tube display.
The new minicomputer system was acquired, the employees were trained, and the system was placed into service.
The literature is full of examples of costly and time-consuming efforts by users to access their data on proprietary platforms.[1-6] These efforts generally involve special hardware rigging such as passing minicomputer terminal or print data through a custom-programmed microcomputer.
For the most part, minicomputer sales languished and demand for mainframes declined, while PCs rocketed on the strength of a standard hardware design, widely accepted operating systems and ever-increasing processing power and affordability.
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) designed, and has been very successful with, their minicomputer, especially for these other nontransaction online applications.
You'll be able to carry around in a laptop what used to be your minicomputer, and that will open all kinds of doors.
For example, while the initial cost of PC-based client-server computing has been shown to be lower than mainframe or minicomputer alternatives by 20 to 30 percent, the five-year costs of PCs were found to be two to three times as great per employee (Nolan, Norton, and Company, 1992; Miller, 1993; Ambrosio, 1993; and "Client/Server," 1994).
Ameritech and IME led the minicomputer marketplace.
Depending on the size of an organization, the number of users, the number of files and records, and the complexity of applications, it might be wise to consider a larger, more powerful machine, like a multi-user micro, a powerful microcomputer based engineering or graphics workstation, a workstation, a minicomputer, or even a mainframe.
These, in turn, are linked by radio to a series of minicomputer hosts.

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