High-Speed Computing Devices
Mit Press, 1984 - Computers - 493 pages
This is the definitive modern sourcebook on the technologies from which the computer industry sprang. Widely read, it gave impetus to technical developments both in the United States and abroad. It presents a clear, organized picture of computing concepts, techniques, machinery, and components in use as of 1950, with emphasis on electronic high-speed computing. The material is elaborately referenced and contains a multitude of diagrams and tables. One particularly significant table lists all the computers of the era-including the famous EDVAC, UNIVAC, BINAC, and Mark III-with their specifications. This first compendium of United States computer technology was created by a research team that grew out of the U.S. Navy's wartime cryptologic establishment. High-Speed Computing Devices is Volume IV in the Charles Babbage Institute Reprint Series and was originally published in 1950 by McGraw-Hill.
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This book began as a report written for the Office of Naval Research. The Navy supplied mimeographed reports from all the current computer development activity. It was begun by several writers and finished by William W. Butler under the direction of Dr. Tommy Tompkins, a major contributor.
It was later published by McGraw Hill and was the first book of its kind. Several people have told me that it provided their entry into the computer world. Bill Butler, June 2014.
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