Man-machine interface for the MFTF

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In any complex system, the interesting problems occur at the interface of dissimilar subsystems. Control of the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF) begins with the US Congress, which controls the dollars, which control the people, who control the nine top-level minicomputers, which control the 65 microprocessors, which control the hardware that controls the physics experiment. There are many interesting boundaries across which control must pass, and the one that this paper addresses is the man-machine one. For the MFTF, the man-machine interface consists of a system of seven control consoles, each allowing one operator to communicate with one minicomputer. These ... continued below

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Speckert, G.C. November 9, 1979.

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    Place of Publication: Livermore, California

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In any complex system, the interesting problems occur at the interface of dissimilar subsystems. Control of the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF) begins with the US Congress, which controls the dollars, which control the people, who control the nine top-level minicomputers, which control the 65 microprocessors, which control the hardware that controls the physics experiment. There are many interesting boundaries across which control must pass, and the one that this paper addresses is the man-machine one. For the MFTF, the man-machine interface consists of a system of seven control consoles, each allowing one operator to communicate with one minicomputer. These consoles are arranged in a hierarchical manner, and both hardware and software were designed in a top-down fashion. This paper describes the requirements and the design of the console system as a whole, as well as the design and operation of the hardware and software of each console, and examines the possible form of a future man-machine interface.

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Dep. NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.

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  • 8. symposium on engineering problems of fusion research, San Francisco, CA, USA, 13 Nov 1979

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  • Report No.: UCRL-82959
  • Report No.: CONF-791102-36
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5862834
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1096309

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Speckert, G.C. Man-machine interface for the MFTF, article, November 9, 1979; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1096309/: accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.