© CSI/CNRS Audiovisuel - 1997

Big Bug

Reference

290

Duration

00:14:00

Production year

1997

Versions

Original material

Procédés audiovisuels

SD
4/3
Color
Sound

Résumé

Many types of software, management ones essentially, which are used today, were conceived about twenty years ago. In this time, the limited memory capacities forced computer engineers to code the date into two numbers. On the 1st January of 2000, the numbers 00 will be displayed, succeeding to 99.
And then, 00 could mean 1900, and it could have serious consequences. In this film, four computer engineers explain the problems cause, show possible solutions and try to evaluate the cost due to the necessary rewriting of the programs.

Scientific topics

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