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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • July-Sept. 2015

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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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  • Events and Sightings

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  • Embodied Software: Patents and the History of Software Development, 1946-1970

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):8 - 19
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    In the late 1960s, attorneys and programmers used the term "embodying software"' in reference to a patent-drafting technique for software inventions. This strategy consisted of claiming a computer in which a program served as the control system instead of claiming the program itself. If the application was successful, this machine would receive patent protection in lieu of the program. This articl... View full abstract»

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  • Studying History as it Unfolds, Part 1: Creating the History of Information Technologies

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):20 - 31
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    As part of a two-part series, this article explores the development of the early history of information technologies from the 1940s to the present. Looking at how historians wrestled with the history of computing is a useful modern case that can offer tactical recommendations for those in other fields of technology. View full abstract»

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  • Transitions from Analog to Digital Computing in Electric Power Systems

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):32 - 43
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    Before World War II electric utilities adopted analog computing apparatus for various power system calculations and controls, but many made a slow transition to digital computing for particular problems after the war. During a period of heightened interest in the high-tech, real-time data management and application challenges of increasingly complex power networks, users looked for both explicit a... View full abstract»

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  • Computing Primes (1929-1949): Transformations in the Early Days of Digital Computing

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s):44 - 54
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    In the early days of digital computing (1929-1949), the computation of a list of primes was often used as a test or demonstration problem. The idea to use electronic machinery to produce a list of primes originated with Derrick H. Lehmer, but it was later taken up by Claude E. Shannon and recurred as computations on the ENIAC and EDSAC. The historical sequence of computing prime numbers is marked ... View full abstract»

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  • 2016 Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award

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  • Reminiscences of Project Y and the ACS Project

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    These reminiscences relate to the period that Brian Randell spent between 1964 and 1966 first at IBM Research working on Project Y and then in the IBM Systems Development Division on the resulting ACS Project--then-secret projects that aimed to build a supercomputer that would be 100 times faster than Stretch. Randell's account is based in part on his memory, but also makes extensive use of the sm... View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society

    Publication Year: 2015, Page(s): 67
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  • Reviews

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  • Toward a Hermeneutics of Data

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  • Machines, Languages, and Computation at MIT

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  • The Story of SimH

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