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Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 2 • Date April-June 1981

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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 115
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  • The Design of a Control Unit-Reflections on Reading Babbage's Notebooks

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 116 - 120
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    Babbage published very little on the detailed design of the control system for the Analytical Engine. In this paper the author puts forward a possible reason for this and discusses the relationship between Babbage's ideas as revealed in his unpublished work and modern concepts. View full abstract»

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  • The Early Years of Computing in Switzerland

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 121 - 132
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    The computer-aided era in Switzerland started in 1950 with the relay machine Z4. Its main properties are described. and the numerical work carried out on it is presented. The ideas pursued and the basic discoveries realized are discussed. During the operation of the Z4, the staff of the Institute for Applied Mathematics at ETH designed the electronic computer ERMETH. Its properties as well as the ... View full abstract»

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  • Programming the Pilot ACE: Early Programming Activity at the National Physics Laboratory

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 133 - 162
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    The design of the ACE was the subject of a report written by A M Turing in 1945. A pilot model of the ACE was completed at the National Physical Laboratory, England, in late 1951. By early 1952 a basic programming system had been established and the machine began regular operation This paper describes the development of this programming system and a matrix interpretive scheme that was subsequently... View full abstract»

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  • Early Computers at IBM

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 163 - 182
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    This paper describes the principal computers designed by IBM beginning with its first computer, the 701 delivered in 1952, through its first transistorized computer, STRETCH, and its first commercial process-control computer, the 1710 delivered in 1961. The ideas behind some of IBM's methods and decisions are described. View full abstract»

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  • Meetings in Retrospect

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 183 - 186
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  • Anecdotes: IBM 701

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 186 - 188
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  • Comments, queries, and debate

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 189 - 192
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  • News and Notices

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 192 - 193
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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 1981 , Page(s): 193 - 208
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Aims & Scope

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

 

This Periodical ceased publication in 1991. The current retitled publication is IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

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