BSRA TO PROGRAM MICRO-COMPUTER

Associated Container Line of Southampton have asked BSRA to mount several of the Association's computer programs including TRISTA, COLLECT and FLEET on a Z80 based micro-computer to be installed at their Southampton headquarters. At present the Planning Offices of ACL in Southampton and New York carry out their forward planning, which involves trim, stability and longitudinal strength calculations, using the BSRA computer programs FLEET, COLLECT and TRISTA on a time-sharing bureau. However micro-processor technology has improved over the last few years to a point where it is now possible to implement the ship loading calculations on a micro-computer. In light of this advance, ACL have purchased their own micro-computer for use at Southampton and later a further computer will be purchased for installation in their New York office. This will give the company the facility of doing all their cargo handling calculations for their entire fleet of ships in-house at ACL. The possibility of mounting the SFOLDS programs on a micro-computer has aroused much interest among shipbuilders, shopowners and design consultants, and a number of companies have decided to purchase their own machine for such calculations. The micro-computer is based on the Z80, the latest and most versatile of the Intel 8080 compatible "chips". This system also offers twin, 8-inch large capacity floppy discs providing up to 2M bytes of mass storage. It has floating point hardware and telex compatible output. For further information, contact BSRA.

  • Corporate Authors:

    British Ship Research Association

    Wallend Research Station
    Wallsend,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 6
  • Serial:
    • BSRA News
    • Publisher: British Ship Research Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM