At this Ontario, Canada steel mill, molten steel is reduced from eight-inch blocks to 3/16th of an inch. The finishing mill operator monitors and controls the process from his computerized control panels.View Artifact Detail
Reacting to the Real World
Taking a census? You can wait while computers crunch the numbers. Braking your car? Guiding a missile? Running an assembly line? Waiting is not recommended. Time matters.
Real-time computing responds to events as they happen, something even early computers were able to do. Demand for real-time computing began with the military, but swiftly expanded to industrial, medical and soon, everyday uses.