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Hybrid computer definition

Hybrid computer is a computer intended to provide functions and features in both analog and digital computers. Developing a combined or hybrid computer model aims to produce a functional device that incorporates the most beneficial aspects of both computer systems. The analog components of the equipment are responsible for the effective processing of differential equations, whereas the digital parts of the computer are responsible for addressing the logical operations related to the system.

Types of hybrid computers:

  • Large electronic hybrid computer. Between the years of 1960 and 1980, numerous hundreds of operation amplifiers were used to create large electronic hybrid computers. Because of their hybrid design, these computers can solve a wider range of differential equations.
  • General-purpose hybrid computer. General-purpose hybrid computers can employ many applications and solve many issues. Most general-purpose hybrid computers were once part-time hybrid computers or high-speed operation computers.
  • Special-purpose hybrid computers. Their programs are predetermined to address the problem at hand and are embedded within a physical system to perform functions such as results analyzer, function controller, or subsystem simulator.

Benefits of hybrid computers:

  • Speed. Analog subsystems' all-parallel architecture speeds up hybrid computers. Hybrid computers are excellent for managing large equations in real time and producing accurate results quickly.
  • Precision. When compared to their predecessors, the results created by hybrid computers are superior in terms of precision, accuracy, detail, and practicality.
  • On-line data processing. Data processing is being researched in light of the fast processing times offered by hybrid computers.

Limitations of hybrid computers:

  • Cost. Hybrid computers cost more than analog or digital ones. They require expensive networks, cables, and circuits.
  • Complex installation. Combining all the necessary software, hardware, and configuration settings into the design is a challenging task.