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Harwell Upgrades, Atlas Closes: 1975
Harwell replaces their IBM 370/165 with an IBM 370/168.
Atlas Laboratory Closes
In May 1975, the Chairman of SRC made the decision to close the Atlas Computer Laboratory. The arguments were approximately:
- SRC is short of money
- Money can be saved by moving all Particle Physics research to the Rutherford Laboratory and closing the particle physics facility at Daresbury
- That leaves Daresbury short of a role so the science-related activities of the Atlas Computer Laboratory would move to Daresbury
- The 1906A computer together with the share of the 360/195 used by the Atlas Computer Laboratory would be taken over by the Rutherford Laboratory and the Atlas service run as part of the Rutherford service.
- The Engineering Board of SRC wants to start a new initiative with regard to interactive facilities for engineers and this should be put in place by the systems staff of the Atlas Computer Laboratory as part of a new National Computer Centre to be established at Chilton together with some engineering-related facilities of the Department of Trade and Industry.
- Chilton would become a federal site with a Site Director and the Interactive Facility having a Director that reported to the Site Director.
This new arrangement meant that discussion of a new computer at the Atlas Computer Laboratory became moot as it no longer existed.