Computer dating 1970s

04-Dec-2017 04:33

The CPC was composed of three IBM machines that had been made to work together: an IBM 604 or 605 calculating punch, an accounting machine (one of the IBM 400-series) and an IBM 941 auxiliary storage unit which held 16 10-digit signed numbers.

Though marketed by IBM, the CPC was actually a combination developed by Northrop Aviation in 1948 for use in flight simulations and for other engineering work. Although it provided some storage, the IBM CPC was not a stored-program computer in the modern sense.

Core memory was a new technology, replacing drum memory with magnetic cores.

This was called Random-Access Memory (RAM) because you could access any word of memory in the same time as any other word.

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This was accomplished by changing the pulley size on the main drive, and was done through the IBM 402.We have not been able to find this article on-line, but the History of Programming Languages project has preserved an extract. Bill Mc Keeman remembers taking CS135 Intro to Programming from George Forsythe in Spring 1962, using the Burroughs B220.

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