IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Volume 14 Issue 1 • 1992

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  • Claims to the term 'time-sharing'

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):16 - 54
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    The evolution of the meanings of the term 'time-sharing' is discussed. It is pointed out that there have been two major uses of the term corresponding to two major periods of the history, with two different spellings (with or without the hyphen): before 1960, time sharing described a method of implementing multiprogramming: after 1960, time-sharing described a technique by which interactive comput... View full abstract»

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  • The beginnings at MIT

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):18 - 54
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    A chronology of computer activity at MIT is presented. Reminiscences by John McCarthy on the history of time sharing are given. Excerpts from Man-Computer Interfaces by J.C.R. Licklider are included. Consideration is also given to a study group report, written by Herbert Teager, which recommended the acquisition of an IBM 7030 (Stretch), although Teager recognized that he was unable to obtain all ... View full abstract»

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  • CTSS-the compatible time-sharing system

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):31 - 54
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    Excerpts are presented from a 1962 paper by Fernando Corbato, M. Merwin-Daggett, and R.C. Daley. The selection from the paper, which reported work completed in late 1961, is reprinted from Proc. Spring Joint Computer Conf., vol.21, 1962. In this system, the time-sharing occurs among four users, three of whom are online each at a typewriter in a foreground system, and a fourth passive user of the b... View full abstract»

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