The characteristics of jobs that constitute the mix for lower division FORTRAN classes in a university are investigated. Samples of these programs are also benchmarked on a large central site computer and two minicomputer systems. The conclusion of this study is that a carefully chosen minicomputer system could offer service at least the equivalent of the service provided by the central site system, and that certain aspects of this service could be distinctly better.
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