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One of the main reasons for the Atlas Computer Laboratory's existence was the lack of computing power available to the university community. This coupled with the need by both Harwell and the Rutherford Laboratory for additional power led to the proposal to establish the Atlas Computer Laboratory at Chilton.

This section will be one of the last to be completed as the aim is to give an assessment of the Laboratory's impact on the UK academic scene and the impact of the university sector, government policy and the UK computing industry on the Atlas Computer Laboratory.

10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Atomic Energy Authority 1962 University Sector Atomic Energy Authority 1975 University Sector
Relative Computing Power: 1962 and 1975

So far we have managed an evaluation of computer power in the UK R & D sector starting in 1959 and going on to 1975 , that is the life of the Atlas Computer Laboratory.