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2016-02-05

The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October was Tom Clancy's 1984 debut novel.

Слушал я тут как-то аудиокнигу, The Hunt for Red October, Тома нашего Клэнси.
Хорошая книга, добротная. Есть, правда, у меня одна претензия к Тому: 
иногда слишком многословен, особенно в описании каких-то внутренних переживаний и мыслей персонажей.
Но сегодня я про другое. В этом Красном Октябре меня поразил один пассаж, про сонарную систему слежения.
Я не поленился и нашел этот текст:

The room was SOSUS (sonar surveillance system) Atlantic Control. It was in a fairly
nondescript building, uninspired government layer cake, with windowless concrete
walls, a large air-conditioning system on a flat roof, and an acronym-coded blue sign
on a well-tended but now yellowed lawn. There were armed marines inconspicuously
on guard inside the three entrances. In the basement were a pair of Cray-2
supercomputers tended by twenty acolytes, and behind the building was a trio of
satellite ground stations, all up-and down-links. The men at the consoles and the
computers were linked electronically by satellite and landline to the SOSUS system.
Throughout the oceans of the world, and especially astride the passages that Soviet
submarines had to cross to reach the open sea, the United States and other NATO
countries had deployed gangs of highly sensitive sonar receptors. The hundreds of
SOSUS sensors received and forwarded an unimaginably vast amount of information,
and to help the system operators classify and analyze it a whole new family of
computers had to be designed, the supercomputers. SOSUS served its purpose
admirably well. Very little could cross a barrier without being detected. Even the
ultraquiet American and British attack submarines were generally picked up. The
sensors, lying on the bottom of the sea, were periodically updated;
many now had their own signal processors to presort the data they forwarded, lightening the load on
the central computers and enabling more rapid and accurate classification of targets.

Типа, через океаны проложены тонны кабелей, соединяющих мириады сонаров.
Сонары эти слушают океан и передают данные в суперкомпьютерный центр.
Где всякие креи обсчитывают это дело и определяют: о, русская подлодка выперлась.
Ну. вроде того.

И вот я теперь думаю, Это ж весь наш интернетик, со всеми своими трансокеанскими оптоволокнами,
построен на фундаменте охуительно дорогих оборонных проектов.

Как интересно жизнь устроена.




original post http://vasnake.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-hunt-for-red-october.html

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