The “Peter Principle” Applied to Mini-Computers 710631
Hierarchical computer systems are an effective way of combining the features of mini- and maxi-computers in automation projects. By distributing the functions in a multi-computer system, the mini-computers can retain the responsiveness and reliability of simple configurations while the more extensive information handling is performed by the larger host computers. This approach overcomes most of the problems found with independent small control systems on one hand and over-extended, centralized computer systems on the other. This philosophy is illustrated with actual applications at Ford Motor Co.