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THE EVOLUTION OF FAULT-TOLERANT COMPUTING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

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Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-16
Document File: 20 page(s) / 89K

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Software Patent Institute

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Meyer, John F.: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This paper reviews the history of research in fault-tolerant computing, as it has evolved at The University of Michigan over the past 20 years.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

THE EVOLUTION OF FAULT-TOLERANT COMPUTING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

John F Meyer

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COMPUTING RESEARCH LABORATORY1 CRL-TR-11-86

June 1986

Room 2222, EECS Building
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2122
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THE EVOLUTION OF FAULT- TOLERANT COMPUTING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
John F. Meyer
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA

ABSTRACT

This paper reviews the history of research in fault-tolerant computing, as it has evolved at The University of Michigan over the past 20 years.

[ Chapter ] 1. INTRODUCTION

The words that follow describe a succession of research activities at The University of Michigan which have shared a common interest: reliable computing. Although the evolution we describe has been "housed" at the University throughout a 20 year period, little of this history would have happened without substantial extramural interactions. These interactions have involved both persons and organizations and, without restricting their nature, they are simply too numerous to list. To simplify matters, let me mention just one person, Bill Carter, who, by means of this symposium, is being recognized by all of us for his contributions to our field. For now and for me, he is also representative of all the people on that "too numerous to mention" list who are friends as well as professional colleagues.

[ Chapter ] 2. EARLY YEARS

1 Presented at a symposium on The Evolution of Fault- Tolerant Computing, Baden, Austria, June 1986. This work was supported in part by the Office of Naval Research under Contract N00014-85-K-0531. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not reflect the view of ONR.

University of Michigan Computing Research Laboratory Page 1 Jun 01, 1986

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THE EVOLUTION OF FAULT-TOLERANT COMPUTING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Generally, interest in computing at The University of Michigan has a long, rich history which dates back to the early 1950s. The beginning of this period included the development of MIDAC (Project Michigan), and the introduction of computer courses in both the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Mathematics. In 1957, a graduate degree program in computer science was formally established by the university's Rackham School of Graduate Studies. This program, referred to then as Communication Sciences, involved faculty from several departments and colleges, and viewed this emerging science as a broad intersection of disciplines deriving from mathematics, electrical engineering, linguistics, philosophy (logic foundations), and psychology. One of the founders of the program was Arthur Burks who, before joining the Michigan faculty in 1946, worked with John von Neumann on the ENIAC at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies.

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