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The National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC)

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The involvement of the National Bureau of Standards in automatic computing prior to 1949 is explained in some detail in order to describe the initiation of the SWAC project at the Institute for Numerical Analysis at UCLA. The status of automatic computing in 1948 and 1949 is presented from contemporary documents. Finally, some details of the SWAC design and an extensive bibliography are given.

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Annals of the History of Computing  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 2 )