IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 4 • 1993

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  • Manufacturing the ERMA banking system: lessons from history

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):7 - 26
    Cited by:  Papers (7)  |  Patents (3)
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    For part 1, see ibid., vol.15, no.1, pp.44-57 (1993). In the early 1950s, Bank of America and Stanford Research Institute collaborated to produce ERMA (electronic recording machine-accounting). After a successful demonstration in 1955, the Bank of America was besieged by companies interested in manufacturing the computer system. Following an extensive selection process, the bank gambled on General... View full abstract»

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  • First draft of a report on the EDVAC

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):27 - 75
    Cited by:  Papers (60)
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    The first draft of a report on the EDVAC written by John von Neumann is presented. This first draft contains a wealth of information, and it had a pervasive influence when it was first written. Most prominently, Alan Turing cites it in his proposal for the Pilot automatic computing engine (ACE) as the definitive source for understanding the nature and design of a general-purpose digital computer.<... View full abstract»

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  • Solidac: an early minicomputer for teaching purposes

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):79 - 83
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    The development of a small computer, which was started in 1958 with construction completed in 1963, is reviewed. The factors that led to the project, the important features of the computer design, and the outcome of the project are discussed.<> View full abstract»

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