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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 4 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1982-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 15K

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Abstract

We begin this issue with an eloge for E. G. Andrews, a computing -- industry pioneer. The two memorial notes by Deirdre La Porte and George R. Stibitz reflect the professional and personal side of Andrews. We are also reprinting two articles by Andrews that describe the series of relay calculators developed by Andrews, Stibitz, and their colleagues for Bell Telephone Laboratories. Although relay calculators were rapidly superseded by their electronic successors, they provided a significant base of ideas and techniques that contributed in many ways to subsequent computers. D. L. Slotnick, who designed the SOLOMON and ILLIAC IV computers, describes the genesis of his ideas and the successes and setbacks he encountered. His article is both an autobiographical statement of philosophy and an account of the early work on a class of parallel processors. In an unfortunate parallel with the experience of Eckert and Mauchly, the sudden death of a key supporter changed the entire course of the history of Slotnick's work. We also learn why the ambitious plans for the ILLIAC IV -- recently decommissioned -- were never carried through on the scale of the original specifications. Related to the autobiographical style of Slotnick's article, we introduce in this issue a new department, Biographies. Eric Weiss, the department editor, provides a statement of policy and purpose, and we hope that our readers will take up the challenge and contribute biographical -- or autobiographical -- material to the Annals.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1982 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 4 Number 1 January 1982 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue.....3 Eloge: E. G. Andrews, 1898-1980 - Deirdre La Porte and George
R. Stibitz.....4

Articles The Conception and Development of Parallel Processors -- A Personal Memoir - D. L. Slotnick.....20 Early Computer Developments in Madrid - Jose Garcia Santesmases.....31 JOSS
-- Conversational Computing for the Nonprogrammer - Shirley L. Marks.....35

Departments Meetings in Retrospect.....53 Anecdotes.....0 Biographies.....65 Comments,
Queries, and Debate.....66 News and Notices.....68 Reviews.....69

Instructions for Authors.....79 Suggestions for Authors.....80

Index to Volume 3..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

We begin this issue with an eloge for E. G. Andrews, a computing -- industry pioneer. The two memorial notes by Deirdre La Porte and George R. Stibitz reflect the professional and personal side of Andrews. We are also reprinting two articles by Andrews that describe the series of relay calculators developed by Andrews, Stibitz, and their colleagues for Bell Telephone Laboratories. Although relay calculators were rapidly superseded by their electronic successors, they provided a significant base of ideas and techniques that contributed in many ways to subsequent computers.

D. L. Slotnick, who designed the SOLOMON and ILLIAC IV computers, describes the genesis of his ideas and the successes and setbacks he encountered. His article is both an autobiographical statement of philosophy and an account of the early work on a class of parallel processors. In an unfortunate parallel with the experience of Eckert and Mauchly, the sudden death of a key supporter changed the entire course of the history of Slotnick's work. We also learn why the ambitious plans for the ILLIAC IV -- recently decommissioned -- were...