Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) was first implemented on a GE 645 computer. One of its over design goals were to create a system that had the ability of meeting almost all present and future computing requirements of a large computer utility. The programming system would run have the ability to run continuously over a 24 hour/7 days week period while meeting service demands. The envision of Multics was to have a computing system that was reliable, powerful and contain all the resources to service a large number of individuals all the time, similar to present day systems. Such a system was to also interact to the sequential processing of absentee-user jobs
This may have seen far-reaching at the time when computers were viewed mainly tools and toys for scientist.
Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) is a comprehensive, general-purpose programming system which is being developed as a research project. The initial Multics system will be implemented on the GE 645 computer. One of the overall design goals is to create a computing system which is capable of meeting almost all of the present and near-future requirements of a large computer utility. Such systems must run continuously and reliably 7 days a week, 24 hours a day in a way similar to telephone or power systems, and must be capable of meeting wide service demands: from multiple man-machine interaction to the sequential processing of absentee-user jobs; from the use of the system with dedicated languages and subsystems to the programming of the system itself; and from centralized bulk card, tape, and printer facilities to remotely located terminals. Such information processing and communication systems are believed to be essential for the future growth of computer use in business, in industry, in government and in scientific laboratories as well as stimulating applications which would be otherwise undone.
Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service)...