Editor's note: Rather than go into a lot of detailed hardware specifications and performance, which is available in other publications, the author wrote this article to demonstrate the dynamic relationship between the geophysicists and computers from the point of view of an end user. Readers desiring more detailed information are referred to the special sections on computers previously published in TLE (September 1986, April 1988, March 1990, January 1991, and December 1996).

In general, geophysicists are very analytical, methodical, and quick to adopt and implement new ideas and concepts. Indeed, the smartest geophysicists of the past generation were often so...

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