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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
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Abstract

In this issue we are publishing a special feature: the ";Final Report of the SPREAD Task Group, December 28, 1961."; The SPREAD report --and I leave it to you to find the meaning of the acronym somewhere in this issue --first came to my attention when it appeared as part of the evidence introduced in the case of the U.S. Department of Justice versus the IBM Corporation. I have since found that although most professionals know of the group's impact, relatively few -- even within IBM -- know of its existence.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1983 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5, Number 1 January 1983 [Front Matter]

Contents About this Issue.....3

Special Feature SPREAD Report: The Origin of the IBM System/360 Project Introduction to the SPREAD Report - Bob O. Evans.....4

Processor Products --Final Report of the SPREAD Task Group, December 28, 1961 - J. W. Haanstra, B. O. Evans, J. D. Aron, F. P. Brooks, Jr., J. W. Fairclough, W. P. Heising, H. Hellerman, W. H. Johnson, M. J. Kelly, D. V. Newton, B. G. Oldfield, S. A. Rosen, J. Svigals.....6

Discussion of the SPREAD Report, June 23, 1982 - J. D. Aron, F. P. Brooks, Jr., B. O. Evans, J.
W. Fairclough, A. Finerman, B. A. Galler, W. P. Heising, W. H. Johnson, N. Stern.....27

Articles The Heritage of Charles Babbage in Australasia - Garry J. Tee.....45 A Mysterious
Advertisement - Brian Randell.....60 Conversation: J. M. M. Pinkerton - Christopher Evans.....64

Departments Anecdotes: Algorithmic Perfection - Heinz Zemanek.....73

Comments, Queries, and Debate: The IBM 7080 - C. J. Bashe.....74

News and Notices.....75

Reviews Anthony Hyman, "Charles Babbage, Pioneer of the Computer" - Alfred W. Van Sinderen and Allan G. Bromley Nancy Stern, "From ENIAC to UNIVAC" - I. Bernard Cohen Claude Baum, "The System Builders: The Story of SDC" - Paul Ceruzzi W. F. Bynum, et al., "Dictionary of the History of Science" - K. W. Smillie Capsule Reviews

Instructions for Authors.....87

Suggestions for Authors.....88

Index to Volume 4..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

In this issue we are publishing a special feature: the "Final Report of the SPREAD Task Group, December 28, 1961." The SPREAD report --and I leave it to you to find the meaning of the acronym somewhere in this issue --first came to my attention when it appeared as part of the evidence introduced in the case of the U.S. Department of Justice versus the IBM Corporation. I have since found that although most professionals know of the group's impact, relatively few -- even within IBM -- know of its existence.

In the fall of 1961, a high-level task group was assembled in IBM to consider the feasibility and desirability of a family of computer systems that would merge the separate lines of scientific and commercial processors and at the same time have both upward and downward compatibility. What resulted, in only two months, was the recommendation to corporate management that IBM

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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5 Number 1 -- Front Matter

produce the System/360, one of the most important decisions in the history of the computing industry.

The SPREAD report dealt with both technical issues and managerial issues. It was not at all clear, for example, that a nu...