Oldest original proper computer (stored program etc)

Brent Hilpert hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Tue Oct 19 12:25:10 CDT 2010


On 2010 Oct 19, at 12:36 AM, Evan Koblentz wrote:
>
>> Military computing tends to be 800 pound gorilla in the room that 
>> historians tend to dismiss.
>
> How do you figure?  The early history of digital computing, especially 
> in the 1940s - 1950s, is dominated by military installations.  
> Colossus, ENIAC, many UNIVACs, SEAC/SWAC, SAGE, etc. .... in fact this 
> year's winner of the Computer History Museum Prize* is "Calculating a 
> Natural World" by Atsushi Akera.  The book is a great read and focuses 
> on Cold War computer research.
>
> * The prize is administered by the Society for the History of 
> Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and 
> Society, a.k.a. SHOT-SIGCIS.  This is the primary organization for 
> professional computer historians.

Not to take away from your point, but why do you include SEAC/SWAC in 
that list? (both National Bureau of Standards computers)




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