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Denning, P.J. ; George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA, USA

The author explains how 'virtual' came into the everyday computing lexicon. The term virtual was borrowed from optics in the 1980s and has become a major term in computing today. In its broadest sense, virtual machine refers to the universality of the computer: with sufficient memory, any computer can simulate any other if we simply load it with software simulating the other computer.

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 3 )