Above you see pictured a part of the quite large science station where Aquico Yamamoto, Chief Science Officer aboard the SUM Vanguard spends her days. The red asterisks are in place to show you where the screens for this station are, displaying any amount of data that Aquico chooses.
Centered is a standard typewriter style keyboard (like the one you used to type in our URL). This gives a sense of the scale of the sciences station. You’ll note that in the place of a standard 10-key calculator, Aquico has an electric abacus. (You’ll also notice that Aquico Yamamoto is left-handed.) This is also the primary science station. Further around a curve behind her is a secondary and tertiary sciences station, as well, but those are not pictured here. While Aquico’s station can search for anything, the secondary station is geared more toward geology, and the tertiary for life-forms. There’s a great deal of input possible to these computers, much more than equivalent technology of our own universe.
Which brings us to this point – computing in the universe of the Space Condominium is different in the logic process, speed and capacity. In the Vanguard universe, computers are parallel processors, not serial like we use in our world. Because of the processing style, computers in the Vanguard universe are much more powerful than their equivalents *here*, although they do take up more space (about 5%-15% more computing space). Computers also are licensed from one entity, Solas Teoranta (Solas Tay-oh-rahn-tah), but this licensing is merely enough to cover the salaries of employees of Solas and the research processes currently under way to continually improve the computing system.
What is the universe of Space Voyage: Vanguard? Ill Bethisad, as I mentioned in my interview I posted a few days ago.