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in Star Trek have both voice- as manual interface. They run under an operating
system called -> LCARS (TNG, VOY and DS9 only). The Enterprise has three
main computers. Two reside in the primary hull (the saucer); they are vertical
cylinders, about 8 decks high, and located on opposite sides of the saucer,
flanking the bridge. The third computer is located in the secondary hull (engineering),
and is smaller than the other two cores; it controls the Stardrive section
when the ship separates. We've seen the computer cores a number of times.
In 'Evolution' (TNG) the nanites were attacked in the computer cores. The
set is probably meant to be just one deck of the multi-deck computer core,
with the room seen the hollow central portion.
are networked with each other, and with the rest of the ship via the ODN -
the Optical Data Network. The ODN has enough processing power on its own to
take over limited control of the ship in case of a complete computer failure.
That explains why systems are still accessable, even when the main computers
are down. We see this often in Star Trek. The displays use 'nanoprocessors'
- cell sized mechanical computers - to display information. The display itself
contains data polled from the ODN, and based on user selections, displays
whatever is appropriate. So even if the computers go down, whatever information
is (1) already on the ODN (or ODN backups) or (2) in the display itself can
be selected and displayed.
The three main
computer cores are equipped with low level subspace field generators. This
allows signal propagation within the cores at faster-than-light (FTL) speeds,
allowing the computers to perform much faster than anything constructable
given 20th century technology, even theoretically. This cannot be applied
(by 24th century technology) to smaller computers. Until 2329, the duotronics
technology (invented by Dr. Richard Daystrom in 2243)formed the basis of the
computers used aboard all Federation starships for over 80 years, including
the main computers aboard the old Enterprise. ('The Ultimate Computer' (TOS)).
Duotronic enhancers were finally replaced by isolinear
optical ships in 2329. ('Relics' (TOS) The starship Defiant is equipped with a completely new technique, called
An other new advance in computer technology are -> bio-neural gel packs (-> quad).