Drum Computers

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Sat Jan 7 10:44:42 CST 2017

> On Jan 6, 2017, at 9:46 PM, Rick Bensene <rickb at bensene.com> wrote:
> ...
> The machine was made by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (aka 3M Corporation). Today, there seems to be no record that 3M ever was in the computer business.  But...it was.  

Not a drum computer but another example of a company not known for computers that nevertheless built one: Goodyear.  A supercomputer called STARAN, a very odd architecture.  Actually based on an earlier one built at Sanders Associates (a defense contractor) invented by a friend of ours, William Shooman.

The Computer Museum, back when it was at Digital in their Marlboro, MA building, had pieces of the STARAN.


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