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Volume 12, Number 3, Page 283 (1973)
Nontopical Issue
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Centralization or dispersion of computing facilities

by D. N. Streeter
Cost factors involved in computing centers that tend to motivate the centralization as opposed to the decentralization of computing services are evaluated, and a cost-minimization solution is presented. Proposed and evaluated is a strategy for linking large regional service centers that perform standard production services with satellite centers that perform local personalized services. Emphasized are techniques, including user waiting, for evaluating the two characteristic service types.
Related Subjects: Management