In the early 1980s, I led a fun project paid for by the state of Indiana. The intent was to create a synergy between academia and private-sector technology companies. These kinds of partnerships are very common today, but in the 1980s it was very bleeding-edge. The goal of the project was to create a computer program that would create customer-specific configurations based on every possible configuration of the company’s existing products. The hope was that most, if not all, customer needs could be satisfied by the CPU boards, memory boards, general I/O boards and so forth. All without having to build any customer-specific boards.
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