Minsk-32 computer

The MINSK-32 digital computer for general purposes was produced in the Soviet Union, in the Ordzhonikidze factory, in 1968. Its operation speed was 25,000 operations/second, its main memory had a capacity of 65 Kword, and IBM compatible magnetic tape units of outstanding quality could be attached to it as background storage. It had further peripheral devices as well: punched card reader (600 cards/minute), punched tape reader (5-8 track, 1500 characters/second), punched card puncher (100 cards/minute) and a line printer (128 character/line, 400 line/minute). Its performance and capacity could be increased by connecting external storage devices, such as magnetic tape, magnetic drum, or magnetic disk storages, from which it could handle a total of 32. Its inputs were punched cards and punched tapes, as outputs it produced punched cards, punched tapes or prints but it was able to co-operate with typewriters as well (input/output). A specific switch made possible to link 8 similar machines allowing to achieve a more efficient performance.

The most wide-spread Soviet computer at its time was manufactured until 1975. In Hungary it was primarily used to solve scientific-technical and planning economical tasks, for example at the military, or evaluation of geophysical measurements.