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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE

Issue 2 • Date April-June 2006

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • The second life of ENIAC

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4 - 16
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    To shed light on a lesser-known period of the ENIAC, which was announced to the public exactly 60 years ago, this article describes how the ENIAC underwent the metamorphosis from a static computer - configured and reconfigured by the repetitive plugging of cables - to become a forerunner of today's stored-program computers. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Digital Library Packages for Institutions

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 17
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  • The virtual life of ENIAC: simulating the operation of the first electronic computer

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 18 - 25
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    With an interactive simulation of the ENIAC, users can wire complex configurations of the machine's modules. The simulation, written in Java, can be started from an Internet site. The simulation has been tested with a 6-meter-long data wall, which provides the closest available approximation to the look and feel of programming this historical computer. View full abstract»

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  • The ENIAC's influence on business computing, 1940s-1950s

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 26 - 28
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    To put a finer point on the influence of the ENIAC on IBM, engineers from the Endicott, New York, plant, specializing in input/output card equipment, visited the ENIAC while it was under construction and observed the use of a card reader with it. But as a general statement, what the ENIAC did to the office appliance and electrical supply firms during World War II was to call out the possibility that a new class of hardware was emerging. In the years following - that is to say, from 1946 to roughly 1951/1952 - the system confirmed that development. Electrical engineers at IBM, NCR, Burroughs, and GE took notice; although as time passed, they focused greater attention on computers that followed ENIAC, as there were nearly two dozen such projects underway in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Historians have carefully documented the work of Eckert and Mauchly in the 1940s, recording that the experiences they gained in building the ENIAC directly and explicitly influenced their work on several subsequent systems: the EDVAC, BINAC, and Univac. Explicitly, the ENIAC taught Eckert and Mauchly their initial lessons about building computers, providing insights that carried over to future projects. View full abstract»

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  • What I remember of the ENIAC

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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    This paper describes the experience of author regarding ENIAC. The ENIAC was indeed of very great size and the team, under the leadership of Presper Eckert, began to realize that by taking an improved approach, a much more powerful computer-one-tenth of the size of the ENIAC-could be built. This, as everyone now knows, led to the EDVAC report and, after a long evolution, to the modern computer. View full abstract»

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  • Coming to grips with Univac

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 32 - 42
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    When it made successful use of magnetic tape, the Univac I pioneered the way for federal and commercial applications with extensive files. But pioneering posed many challenges because technology barely supported the production and introduction of electronic computers. This article is a recollection of efforts the US Air Force made to accommodate and use the first Univac moved out of the factory. View full abstract»

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  • IEEE Computer Society Information

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 43
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  • In the footsteps of Colossus: a description of Oedipus

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 44 - 55
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    A number of cryptanalysis projects were developed in the UK during the postwar years 1945-1955. One of the most significant of these was Oedipus, a special-purpose rapid analytical machine using novel digital storage. Oedipus was developed by GCHQ and the UK companies Elliott and Ferranti. Oedipus contained a large semiconductor associative memory, a magnetic drum with on-the-fly searching, and a high-speed RAM cache. Its history has only recently been made publicly available. View full abstract»

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  • Graduate student experiences at Illinois

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 56 - 62
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    This article describes various experiences of a 1950s graduate student who worked at the University of Illinois's Digital Computer Laboratory. Anecdotes recount some of the era's rigorous academic requirements and early work assignments performed for the IBM 701 and Illiac computers. View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 63 - 69
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  • Anecdotes

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 70 - 76
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 77 - 80
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  • Biographies: Carl Hammer (1914-2004)

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 81 - 86
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  • Looking at Technology through Industry Eyes

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 88
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    Examining the use of computing in whole industries sheds considerable new light on the role of IT in modern society. View full abstract»

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  • Annals Editorial Board

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): c3
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  • [Back cover]

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Aims & Scope

From the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs -- theIEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history.

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Lars Heide
Copenhagen Business School
Centre for Business History