von Neumann documentary clip

Brent Hilpert hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Fri Feb 27 16:58:00 CST 2015

On 2015-Feb-27, at 1:44 PM, Evan Koblentz wrote:

>>> Their work resulted in three recent academic papers and a new book coming soon, in which they clearly found that ENIAC was up-and-running in stored-program configuration a short time before the Manchester and any other computers: www.eniacinaction.com.
>> The authors of the articles carefully avoid declarations of ENIAC as a stored-program machine.
> Tom stated (in an email last fall): "we do conclude that an entirely practical version of the programming method described in the seminal 1945 First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC was implemented on ENIAC in March-April 1948, some months before the Manchester “Baby” ran what has usually been considered the first modern program."

And as they present in the articles, the "programming method described" is not the be-all-and-end-all of the First Draft and it is not the von Neumann architecture nor the stored-program concept.

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