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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • 1993

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  • The computer as von Neumann planned it

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):11 - 21
    Cited by:  Papers (22)  |  Patents (1)
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    John von Neumann made a key contribution to the understanding and development of computer architecture and design in his unpublished report titled 'First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC'. The architecture given in the von Neumann report is presented in a form that is accessible to a wider audience. This definition is compared with the definition of the constructed EDVAC system. In doing this, the a... View full abstract»

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  • The origins, uses, and fate of the EDVAC

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):22 - 38
    Cited by:  Papers (5)  |  Patents (1)
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    It is well known that the EDVAC was the first general-purpose electronic digital stored-program computer to be designed. What is not so well known is that the EDVAC was nowhere near the first computer to be operational, was not actually constructed according to the initial design, was not reliable when constructed, and was eventually so heavily modified that it would have been almost unrecognizabl... View full abstract»

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  • Transforming an industry through information technology

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):39 - 43
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    A history project to explore where, how, and why information technology has transformed an entire industry is described. Two industries have been covered: airlines and banking. Key findings have integrated two learning processes: how to change the organization's structure, and how to learn the new technology. A model of the process for reaching a dominant design has been established. A team of com... View full abstract»

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  • The development of the ERMA banking system: lessons from history

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):44 - 57
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    In the early 1960s banking was faced with a paper-handling crisis. Banks were unable to keep on top of the rising number of checks and were unable to retain bookkeeping staff. The development of an automated bookkeeping and proofing system by Bank of America and Stanford Research Institute is described. SRI and BofA worked together to create ERMA (electronic recording machine-accounting) and to de... View full abstract»

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  • Biographies-eloge: An Wang, 1920-1990

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):60 - 69
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    The life, education and career of An Wang, originator of the essential concept on which the magnetic-core memory was based and astonishingly successful computer entrepreneur, are discussed. Wang's early life in China, his education at Harvard, and his development of magnetic-core storage systems are reviewed. The start, growth, and decline of Wang Laboratories are also discussed View full abstract»

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The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as a record of vital contributions which recount, preserve, and analyze the history of computing and the impact of computing on society.

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Editor-in-Chief
Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
nensmeng@indiana.edu