Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
C.S.I.R.O : The Search Begins
01 June, 1962
There have been at least a dozen (million) articles of computing history published on the Web -
Perhaps one thing that it does identify for us is the approximate date that tenders were firs issued for C.S.I.R.O. -
“Computer Network for Commonwealth”
“Federal Cabinet has agreed to the establishment by C.S.I.R.O. of a system of electronic computers for the use of C.S.I.R.O., Universities, and Commonwealth Government Departments and Authorities. It is hoped that the first stage of the project, which will cost over £1,500,000, will come into operation in about eighteen months time.
"Satellite" computers will be set up in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide. Ail the units will be programmed in the same way and will make up an integrated network. About forty people, including twelve scientists, will be recruited to staff the project.
C.S.I.R.O. will be the biggest single user of the network. Several other Government Departments and agencies, including the Atomic Energy Commission, the Bureau of Meteorology, the P.M.G.'s Department and the Aeronautical Research Laboratories, will make extensive use of the computers.
In the future, the Atomic Energy Commission and some Departments and Universities will acquire their own "satellite" computers which they will operate themselves as part of the system. The development of automatic computers in recent years has been dramatic. In some branches of scientific research calculations which would ,have taken a life-
By 1965, C.S.I.R.O. alone will need at least 5,000 hours of "satellite" computer time in a year, plus 1,500 hours on the central unit. Other Government users will together need more than that”.
At the present time, Australia's computing needs are doubling every year”.
|E. L. Heymanson & Co.|
|The Heymanson Agency|
|The Whitney Connection|
|Heymanson - The Payout|
|What If the BBC ...|
|The General Manager|
|Ten Years on ...|
|Out go the pennies ...|
|CSIRO - The Beginnings|
|Census and Stats|
|Harold Holt Said ...|
|The ACT "Embassy"|
|Why "The Embassy"?|
|What's In A Name?|
|The First 3600|
|3100s in Saigon|