An Introduction To Computers – Sergeev, Vashkevich

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About the book

Because of the rapid growth and wide use of computers, in practically all fields of man’s activity, there is a need for students in all specialities to have a concise, yet thorough presentation of computer theory, design and operation.

This book is an attempt to fill this need. It covers the circuitry and operating principles of analog and digital computers, special-purpose com­puting devices, machines and systems. Ample space is devoted to a basic theory of similitude and simulation, and a fairly detailed description is given of basic functional elements, assemblies and units which make up typical analog and digital computers, in conjunction with an introduction to the mathematical and logical basis of electronic digital computers.

Separate sections deal with block-diagram synthesis of analog compu­ters to solve algebraic, transcendental, ordinary and partial differential equations and their systems. The reader will find a survey of methods used to program problem solving on analog and digital computers, analog with a brief outline of digital differential analyzers and hybrid systems.
Written by leading authorities in the field of Soviet computer enginee­ring with a wealth of teaching and research experience at colleges, the book is student-oriented in the presentation of the subject-matter.
The book will be of primary value to college students and faculty mem­bers and also to researchers and engineers concerned with the develop­ment and application of computers.

The late PROFESSOR SERGEEV N.P., Doctor of Technical Sciences, was Head of the Chair (automatic informa­tion retrieval systems), rector of the Penza Polytechnic Institute. Lectured on computers (both digital and analog) and engineering and business applications of computers. Read lectures on automatic informa­tion retrieval systems. Has penned a total of 250 papers of which 200 have been published, including three monographs and 23 study aids on computer engineering and data processing.

PROFESSOR VASHKEVICH N.P., Doctor of Technical Sciences, Head of the Chair (computer engineering) at the Penza Polytechnic Institute.
Is a prominent authority in the Soviet Union on computation and computer engineering, especially in the field of product quality control.
Has penned 200 publications, inclu­ding several study aids and a mono­graph.

Translated from the Russian by Boris Kuznetsov. First published 1976, revised from the 1973 Russian edition. Second printing in 1981 and third printing 1987

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Preface 8
Introduction 9


Chapter I. Basic Theory of Similitude and Electric Modelling 11

1.1. Basic Conce pe of Similitude Theory 11
1.2. Synthesis of Electric Models for Physical Systems 18
1.3. Electric Modelling of Physical Fields 23

Chapter II. Computing Elements 34

2.1. General 34
2.2. Basic Elements of Computing Circuits 35
2.3. Summing Networks 54
2.4. Differentiators and Integrators 58
2.5. Function Generators 66
2.6. Function Multipliers-Dividers 85

Chapter III. Synthesis of Analog Differential Analyzers 97

3.1. Development of a Block Diagram for a Differential Analyzer 97
3.2. Main Units of Differential Analyzers 102
3.3. Problem Preparation for a Differential Analyzer 106
3.4. Problem Solving on an Electronic Differential Analyzer 113

Chapter IV. Algebraic and Transcendental Equation Solvers 118

Special-purpose purpose Algebraic Equation Solvers 118
Techniques for Solving Linear Algebraic Equations on Electronic Analog Computers 123


Chapter V. Mathematical Basis of Digital Computers 127

5.1. General 127
5.2. Arithmetic Principles 130
5.3. Switching Circuits and Boolean Algebra 142

Chapter VI. Basic Functional Elements of Electronic Digital Computers 156

6.1. Computer Elements 156
6.2. Logical Design 177
6.3 Logic Assemblies of Electronic Digital Computers 186

Chapter VII. Principal Units of an Electronic Digital Computer 200

7.1. Arithmetic Unit 200
7.2. Storage 204
7.3. Input/Output Equipment 227
7.4. Control Equipment 245

Chapter VIII. Principles of Programming 252

8.1. Basic Definitions. Hypothetical computer 252
8.2. Direct Programming 256
8.3. An Outline of FORTRAN Language 269

Chapter IX. Special-purpose Computers 287

9.1. Control Computers 287
9.2. Digital Differential Analyzers 289
9.3. Analog-Digital Computers 295
9.4. Prospects in the Development and Use of Electronic Computers 296

Bibliography 299
Index 300

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