From Cibernética Americana

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The original meaning of the acronym (SFAIK) is given below and I adopt also the Unisys backronym "Single Point Operations" which they actually discontinued in 2005.

In the current context, the more or less same function corresponds to squeak code which is developed to run in SqueakJS or a 5.2 desktop. These classes shall not have compile/fileIn time MCP/DCP dependencies and will operate equivalently in a 32 bit browser or 64 bit desktop image.

   The SPO would be associated with a particular Operator Display Terminal (ODT), by assignment in the NDL (Network Definition Language) sources for the machine controlled.

The TD series (classic TD830 shown) were typically used in the seventies and early eighties. The "dumb" terminal is actually in the keyboard. I also used an "SR" station type with a more programmable microprocessor introduced after the TD.
This image shows a lot of reverse video, they were normally white text on black. I believe they also could be configured like a contemporary IBM 3270 for"greenscreen" green on black or amber. There also was an ET series (shown below), a more modern version of the TD monitor (shown above).


Command and Edit MCS was the MCP version of the better known CMS of IBM VM/CMS, with both session control and source editing capabilities. A reference card is in the MoCA page in my wikipedia user space.


DCMS shall support an API for use by the SPO and AC interfaces with a transformed set of the CANDE control commands in the same and common style of the MCP and WFL as these are implemented in the revival. The source editing commands are mooted but line number orientation of sources is not.

When a program event is displayed it must report the source line number of the associated event.

Supervisory Print Out

In the original MCP based systems one or more consoles could function as the "SPO", the system operator interface. Originally it stood for "Supervisory Print Out" in the early MCP (presumably B5000 or possibly earlier). In my homage it has become simply "SPO" (sp-oh) for DCP/MCP, the dominion control program in the style of the Burroughs MCP.