Download e-book for iPad: Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers by John Alderman

By John Alderman

ISBN-10: 0811854426

ISBN-13: 9780811854429

An exceptional mix of laptop heritage and extraordinary photos, Core Memory unearths sleek technology's evolution throughout the world's most famous machine assortment, the pc background Museum within the Silicon Valley. shiny images seize those traditionally vital machines together with the Eniac, Crays 1 three, Apple I and II whereas authoritative textual content profiles each one, telling the tales in their concepts and peculiarities. Thirty-five machines are profiled in over a hundred impressive colour photos, making Core Memory a stunning addition to the library of images creditors and the final word geek-chic reward.

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Its direct successor, however, had a great historical impact: the next-generation DDP-516 became the heart of the Interface Message Processor (or IMP), built by Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, the first device used to connect two computers using packet switching. S. Defense Department’s predecessor of the Internet. The DDP-116’s clean lines and use of white space gave it an especially attractive modernist design, reminiscent to some of a David Hockney California landscape. NAMECDC 6600 YEAR CREATED1964 CREATORCONTROL DATA CORPORATION COST$7-10 MILLION MEMORY64KW + 2MW CORE The big eyes are the first thing we notice today, but the CDC 6600 embodied a number of technical firsts in addition to its anthropomorphic face: solid-state design, a very simple architecture, and in general just incredible speed (10 MFLOPS).

The Stretch was IBM’s first attempt to create a supercomputer, and although the project didn’t live up to some expectations, and about half of its initial orders were canceled, its role in the development of innovations like microprogramming made it ultimately worthwhile for IBM. Central to the system was the adoption of the microprogram, stored in ROM, which allowed all models to operate using the same instructions, emulating the same essential design despite differences in architecture. As if it weren’t enough of a challenge to make a line that worked as one from the top down, IBM also had to make the line perform equally well with applications for scientific and business customers.

Rugged and able to start up immediately, the Model 100 was utilitarian and much-beloved by traveling reporters. NAMEMINITEL YEAR CREATED1981 (THIS MODEL) CREATORFRANCE TELECOM/ALCATEL COSTFREE TO FRENCH CITIZENS As the Web was being developed in the early 1990s at the nuclear research institute CERN, in Switzerland and France there was already a well-established French network of millions of users of Minitel, a system that combined terminals with a closed network that let users do many of the tasks for which we now use the Net.

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