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August 09, 1968 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-08-09

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i r Hebrew Univ. Gets Israel's Largest Computer

JERUSALEM — One of the most
powerful electronic computers in
the world, and certainly the larg-
est in Israel, arrived at Lydda
Airport by chartered plane from
the United States for the Hebrew
t University.
As in the heyday of mass immi-
gration when newcomers were
brought straight from their coun-
try of origin into their new Israeli
homes, the big CDC 6400 (Control
Data Corporation) computer was
transported from the airport to the
Jerusalem campus on five large
trucks and is in place at the Deb-
orah Taylor Memorial Building.
In contrast with the univer-
sity's previous computer, which
was rented, the CDC computer
has been purchased with funds
provided by a special loan from
the Friends of the Hebrew Univ-
ersity. This kind of sophisticated
equipment runs into millions of
dollars.
Michael Lev, director of the
university's computation center,
said that the new computer is 10-15
times faster, bigger and more ef-
lent than its predecessor, which
ame obsolete as it had reached
imal exploitation and was no
tiger suitable for computation of
the intricate research executed at
Hebrew University.
tie old computer was used
around the clock, in three shifts,
WO hours of central processor time
per month. The new equipment will
process the same material in the
space of a few hours and the de-
veloping range of research will
new have an adequate computer

r

counterpart. It will meet the re-
search needs of the university for
many years to come, both in terms
of quantity and quality.
The CDC 6400 will be used by
well over 600 university scientists
and research workers in more than
30 different fields, including den-
tistry, English language, Hebrew
philology, education, social work,
psychology, sociology, communica-
tions, economics, business adminis-
tration, political s c i e n c e, law
(criminology), physiology, nutri-
tion, cancer research, applied
pharmacology, medical education,
medical ecology, social medicine,
pharmaceutical chemistry, mathe-
matics, theoretical physics, applied
physics, organic chemistry, inor-
ganic chemistry, physical chemis-
try, botany, genetics, geography,
meteorology, agriculture and ad-
ministration.
With its advanced construction,
the new research tool will be able
to handle multi-programing,
run several programs simultan•
eously and separately.

An additional feature Is that the
computer can be hooked up direct
with distant terminal points which

will feed it and receive a reply
straight back, and that the oper-
ator may eventually carry on a
"dialogue" with the machine. Six-
teen such sub-stations can be con-
nected, and the Hebrew University
has now under active consideration
the establishment of such links with
a number of faculties far from the
Givat Ram campus.
The computer equipment weighs
10 tons, the heaviest piece weighing
2.5 tons. A 15-ton truck with crane
for unloading cargo weighing 2-3
tons will be used to swing the
equipment to its permanent site.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, August 9, 1968-3

400 Religious Students Will Convene at Bar-Ilan

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV — An International
convention of religious students will
be held at Bar-Ilan University here
in mid - August. According to a
spokesman for the Bar-Ilan stu-
dents committee, it is expected to
draw 400 delegates from the United

States, England and France who
are in Israel for summer studies.
The convention will be prepara-
tory to a World Congress of Reli-
gious Students scheduled for next
year. The students will be quar-
tered in tents to be supplied by
the Israel Army and set up on the
university campus.

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