When designing a telephone switching system, it is necessary to ensure that the system will be able to handle a prescribed quantity of traffic (telephone calls) ; both at any particular instant and during a given period of time. By modelling the switching system with a digital computer, it is possible to determine the traffic handling capability of the system prior to investing in a prototype. In this manner, the system architecture can be altered by merely changing software rather than by rearranging the hardware in a prototype. The savings in terms of time and money provide the stimulus for taking this type of approach.
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Microelectronic Engineering (KGCOE)
McInnes, Richard, "An electronic switching system: a computer model for traffic study" (1979). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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