ICF -- Overview
The main breakdown of this section is:
- Engineering Board Report
- Often called the Rosenbrock Report, this was a significant activity over a 2-year period
that came to some forward-looking proposals for engineering research in the UK.
- Phase 1
- Mainly aimed at providing some short-term improvement in facilities and assessing the need.
- Multi User Minis (MUMs)
- The belief was that engineering research should move from mainframe computers
to the newly emerging powerful mini computers
able to support 6-10 researchers in a range of interactive tasks from file editing to
Computer Aided Design. Considerable involvement with two companies, Prime and GEC, came about through this activity.
There were also a number of software products that came out of this collaboration.
- The quality of terminal equipment in engineering departments was woefully inadequate
and a major theme was to provide a variety of terminals from simple VDUs to
interactive graphical displays as a central pool.
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- The main thrust was improving engineering research. The Science Board of SRC had
successfully persuaded their researchers to share basic software libraries
and a similar approach was proposed for the engineering sector.
Seven main areas of engineering were addressed.
The Interactive Computing Facility was started in 1975 and ran until 1990.