|Computer||NCR 605 - General purpose mini-computer||
1976-77 we spent a year in Dayton Ohio. I went to work at NCR HQ
to help develop a 'back office' system for European department stores.
The team comprised a American(ex German, ex Canadian) team leader with
two American, one German and one UK(me) programmers. The system
which would process goods received notes and then print OCR labels
would use the recently released Intel 8080 processor (later to become
heart of the IBM PC). We were going to write it in Cobol and it would
use an 'operating system' being developed elsewhere in NCR. After 8
months or so it became apparant that the operating system was not
ready, and that the performance was unacceptable. The project was then
put on hold and eventually died. But it was great fun while it lasted.
[More about Dayton later]
Before leaving I went on a 605 assembler programming course at the Sugar Camp training center with the idea that I would specialise in it when I returned to the UK. As it happened 'management' was not prepared for me to work on it in Birmingham, and was not prepared to pay enough to persuade me to move to London. I worked for a short time on the 8250 using Cobol before leaving to join CBS at the end of 1977.
|Programming|| Assembler. IMOS-Cobol was the main language of the 8200 although it could run NEAT programs,
|Hardware||This general purpose mini-computer was used in many NCR machines in the late 1970s. Including the Century 8200, the 499 'Accounting Machine', POS-PointOfSale(725), Financial, communications(721) and disk(658) controllers.|
|Software|| Various depending on the application context.
|Links||The NCR 605 Minicomputer|
|THE CORE MEMORY - again excellent