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40 years ago: KU Computation Center to get upgrade, but long-term data storage problems unsolved

June 5, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 5, 1972:

Kansas University this week won state approval of proposed modifications in its computer system. KU received approval to negotiate an extension of its current computer equipment contract with Honeywell. A proposal had been submitted in December to replace KU's existing Honeywell 635 computer with a newer generation Honeywell 6050, but a budget cut had intervened to delay the upgrade. Changes to the current system, according to a Journal-World article, were to include "a new input-output controller, which has a more flexible transfer rate; a new printer that will give the center high quality printed output; and a new six-spindle disc controller, with the capacity for holding 90 million characters, helping to relieve the center's storage problem." However, Paul Wolfe, director of the KU Computation Center, warned that although additional disc space would be available, "this doesn't solve our demand problem, and that will force a certain amount of selection in the future about what is most important" among the increasing demands for computer usage in the university community.

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