4 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, November 14, 197"
Micro-electronics to shape
computer science future
By ROBERT THOMASON
Micro-electronics, the science of directing
electrical currents along thin strips of silicon,
will revolutionize the computer-science
world, Maurice V. Wilkes, professor and
head of the computer laboratory at the
University of Cambridge, told a group of
more than 100 persons Friday in Phillips
Speaking at a joint UNC-Duke
Colloquium on "The Future of Computer
Systems," Wilkes said, "Technical factors
are important in the long run, not decisions
by businesses, governments and
The efficiency of computer memories will
be improved when small "chips" of silicon,
called semi-conductors, are able to hold
more and more magnetic signals which
constitute coded information, Wilkes said.
"Recently, there have been 1 ,000 bits (a bit
is one magnetic signal) on a chip," he said.
"More recently, there have been 4,000 bits on
a chip, and very recently some chips have
held 16,000 bits."
A semi-conductor stores information
more efficiently than a "core memory" (a
network of small iron washers, which hold
magnetic signals, and criss-crossing wires,
which magnetize the washers) because of the
smaller size of the semi-conductors, the
smaller amount of energy needed to encode
information on them and their relatively
Micro-electronics will also make data
processing more efficient, Wilkes said. A
computer processes data when it has made
the calculations commanded by the
"In the future, micro-electronics will
enable men to have terminals in their offices
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Freshmen forced to be own advisers
with small, powerful processors in them,"
Many computer users now have terminals
in their offices but must transmit their data
and commands over telephone lines to larger
computers which process the information.
Wilkes said some people may prefer to
maintain this arrangement.
"If you asked someone, 'Would you like to
have a small desk-sized computer?' he would
probably say, 'No, I'd rather have another
Further advances in telephone technology
could enable people to rely on central
computers, Wilkes said.
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Many divisions of advising are on campus for
such a committee to examine. These include the
advising programs of the General College, the
College of Arts and Sciences, the individual
departments. University housing, Career
Planning and Placement, the University
Counseling Center, minority advising and the
Academic Resource Person (ARP) program,
Which began this semester as an outgrowth of the
But this is by no means a complete list of the
advising options open to a UNC student. Many
such resources are available. What do these
services really offer to students? How well do they
serve the specialized needs of freshmen and junior
transfers? Are the students informed about the
existence of these services and do they take
advantage of them?
These are questions which many students
groups, in addition to members of the committee,
are asking with respect to the advising system.
The Graduate and Professional Student
Federation is conducting its own examination of
the advising system. The Student Consumer
Action Union is conducting a survey and holding
meetings for students to express their feelings
about the system. Some speech classes are also
doing surveys on the system.
With all this activity, the potential is great for
students to air their feelings about the system and
make useful suggestions as to how it could be
improved to suit their needs. Student input for
these projects has been low so far, however.
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Bill Parmelee, president of SCAU. "So we just
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Students will get another chance to express their
views on the subject Nov. 30 when the Committee
on Academic Advising holds an open meeting at
3:30 p.m. in Room 207 of the Carolina Union.
"We're particularly interested in hearing from
General College students," says Smalley, who is
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This may well be the only chance students wjl
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