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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • July-Sept. 2014

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Table of contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

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  • COMIC: An Analog Computer in the Colorant Industry

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    In 1958, Davidson & Hemmendinger, a small company that made color measurements and standards, introduced the COMIC (Colorant MIxture Computer), the first practical computer for determining a mixture of dyes or paints to match a given sample. An analog computer that solved a set of simultaneous equations, it was replaced within a decade by digital computer programs; nonetheless, it helped bring... View full abstract»

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  • Technology Policy and National Identity: The Microcomputer Comes to India

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):19 - 29
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    This article looks at India's IT industry history in the 1970s and early 1980s by focusing on the development of an indigenous microcomputer by the Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL). After gaining independence in 1947, the Indian government embarked on a program that focused on economic development, albeit with a socialist theme and central planning. Indigenization was the prime objective. Some in... View full abstract»

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  • The Technological Roots of Computer Graphics

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):30 - 41
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    Numerous, seemingly unrelated technologies eventually culminated in what we know today as the field of computer graphics (CG). The article focuses on prior art documents cited in CG patent applications to identify the technology at the origin, the problems encountered, and that solutions proposed in the 1940s and 1950s that led to the generation of images with computers in the early 1960s. The ana... View full abstract»

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  • Los Alamos Bets on ENIAC: Nuclear Monte Carlo Simulations, 1947-1948

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):42 - 63
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    In April 1948 a team including John and Klara von Neumann and Nick Metropolis ran the first of a series of calculations on ENIAC. These were not only the first computerized Monte Carlo simulations, but also the first code written in the modern paradigm, usually associated with the "stored program concept," ever to be executed. This article--the third in a three-part series published in Annals--rec... View full abstract»

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  • Deborah Estrin

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):64 - 69
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    Deborah Estrin is a computer scientist who has made major technical contributions to internetworking, multicast routing, embedded sensing and computing, wireless sensor networks, and mobile and electronic health. She has been a professor her entire career, has served on countless panels and advisory boards, and continues to mentor students in electrical engineering and computer science. She is one... View full abstract»

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  • Michael Sean Mahoney (1939-2008)

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    From 1988, when he published his first paper in the history of computing, until his death in 2008, Michael Sean Mahoney was one of the leading international figures in the history of computing. This biography focuses on Mahoney's contributions to computing history and how he came to study this topic. His research in other areas of the history of science and technology is covered here only to the e... View full abstract»

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  • What Is a Computer? An Answer from the Past

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):80 - 84
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  • Events and Sightings

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  • Reviews [3 books reviewed]

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  • Are Historians Failing to Tell the Real Story about the History of Computing?

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  • Knuth and the Spectrum of History

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  • Rock Stars of Cybersecurity [Advertisement]

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  • Seeking Editor in Chief

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Aims & Scope

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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Meet Our Editors

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