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Old March 1st, 2020, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by wellis View Post
So does this mean computers wouldn't takenup volume/dtonnage because the mainframe is distributed throughout the ship?

Or is the "computers become virtual" a reference to holographic terminals?

Actually I kind of feel Model 1 terminals or computers or whatever shouldn't be so heavy or take up so much space due to the fact components have gotten lighter and thinner.

And even with rad hardening and such, that adds dtonnnage to a vessel overall IIRC and isn't something specific to computers or terminals. Assuming one says computers being rad-hardened makes them so heavy.

Because a Model 1 computer shouldn't be something out of the 1970s. In a modern, interstellar spacefsring society, new materials and such have probably slimmed down and lightened stuff.
In the Official Traveller Universe that's what you get. In Your Traveller Universe it can be different. One can simply ignore the space requirements, with the assumption that the computer is distributed around the ship. Fire control nodes are near weapons, drive control nodes near drives, other functions built into bridge stations.

As mentioned elsewhere, tube tech can be substantially miniaturized and be EMP resistant. Optical data, and perhaps optically based circuits for some applications, are comparatively large and very EMP resistant. Maybe that would add some space requirements.
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