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Routine operation of an Elliott 903 computer in a clinical chemistry laboratory
  1. L. G. Whitby,
  2. D. Simpson
  1. Department of Clinical Chemistry, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


    Experience gained in the last four years concerning the capabilities and limitations of an 8K Elliott 903 (18-bit word) computer with magnetic tape backing store in the routine operation of a clinical chemistry laboratory is described. Designed as a total system, routine operation has latterly had to be confined to data acquisition and process control functions, due primarily to limitations imposed by the choice of hardware early in the project. In this final report of a partially successful experiment the opportunity is taken to review mistakes made, especially at the start of the project, to warn potential computer users of pitfalls to be avoided.

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