Alternative Project Whirlwind Proposals
Forrester, Jay W.; Boyd, Hugh R.; Everett, Robert R.; Fahnestock, Harris; Nelson, Robert A..
The digital computation program of Project Whirlwind might be operated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in many ways. Three representative levels are proposed in the attached curves and charts covering the period 1949 to 1953. Plan 1, at $1.8 million per year, shows the research, development and limited experimental computer operation which could be carried out under a continuation of approximately the present rate of expenditure. Plan 2, increasing to $3.8 million per year, adds a substantial operating force for the efficient solution of engineering and scientific problems. Plan 3, increasing to $5.8 million per year, adds further a group devoted to the application of digital computers to the field of control and military uses. The funds presently allocated to Project Whirlwind will, at the present rate of expenditure, be exhausted in February 1949. Immediate plans must be made for continued support or revision of project objectives.