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This document was kindly provided by Peter McClintock of the Department of Physics at Lancaster University.

From the preface:

'The Nicolet 1080 minicomputer/dataprocessor facilitates the acquisition (measurement and ensemble-averaging) of a signal from an experiment as well as for its subsequent analysis. Applied to a diversity of research purposes in Lancaster between 1976 and 1996, it led to more than 150 scientific publications involving 66 researchers in 10 countries – ranging from measurements of the Landau critical velocity for roton creation in superfluid 4He to the first observations of optimal fluctuational paths in nonlinear systems subject to noise.

These personal reflections provide summaries of the NIC-80’s unusual hardware and of how NIC-80 systems evolved in Lancaster, my introduction to the NIC-80, and descriptions of its use in practice. References are provided giving examples of Lancaster scientific publications reporting on research facilitated by the NIC-80. Descriptions of stochastics programmes and utilities that we wrote for the NIC-80 are provided in appendices.'

The document can be accessed here.

Date : 10th August 2015

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH39331. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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