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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 1 • Jan.-Mar. 2014

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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):c2 - 1
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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • Reconsidering the Stored-Program Concept

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):4 - 17
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    The first in a three-part series in IEEE Annals, this article gives a historical explanation of the endemic confusion surrounding the stored-program concept. The authors suggest the adoption of more precisely defined alternatives to capture specific aspects of the new approach to computing associated with the 1945 work of von Neumann and his collaborators. The second article, "Engineering--The Mir... View full abstract»

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  • Computing in Transition: The Origins of Barcelona's School of Informatics, 1976-1984

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):18 - 29
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    This article analyses the establishment of the first computer science university degrees in Catalonia in 1976 in a context of political transition to democracy in Spain. Based on an oral history project and the examination of the school's archives, the authors show that the development of Barcelona' School of Informatics was the result of policymaking a powerful association of informatics technici... View full abstract»

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  • The History of NOMAD: A Fourth Generation Language

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):30 - 38
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    Nomad, a major 4th generation language, was designed and implemented by National CSS, a principal time-sharing company in the 1970s. The author, one of the team members who developed Nomad, provides the background of the company and describes their use of Ramis as a significant contributor to the company's revenue. After Mathematica's decision to change the price of Ramis, the decision was made to... View full abstract»

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  • Early Commercial Electronic Distribution of Software

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):39 - 51
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    Commercial electronic distribution of software (EDS) originated in the second half of the 1970s. By the early 1980s, several North American and European companies were already distributing software using common communications networks. However, it would take two more decades before EDS would become the foremost software delivery model. This article charts the development of the early commercial ED... View full abstract»

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  • Messaging in the Early SDC Time-Sharing System

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):52 - 57
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    In the early 1960s, the time-sharing computer at the System Development Corporation had several messaging commands through which remotely logged in users communicated with one another and with the system operator. These commands were used for system operation and for sending information to remote users. They also permitted collaborative work such as joint debugging of multi-author programs, an act... View full abstract»

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  • Steve Furber [Interviews]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):58 - 68
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    Steve Furber has made major contributions to both the processor architecture and neural networks fields. He was one of the developers of the Acorn RISC Machine microprocessor, which was the basis for the ARM processors that are now so common in cell phones. He also developed the SpiNNaker system that greatly expanded the power of neural networks. For these contributions, he received the 2013 IEEE ... View full abstract»

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  • Reviews [5 books reviewed]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):69 - 73
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  • War Stories of an IBM Salesman, 1974-1981

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):74 - 78
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  • Times Have Changed

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):79 - 81
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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s):82 - 84
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  • Simple Problems

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): 88
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  • Membership Matters [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 2014, Page(s): c3
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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