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Discussion of the SPREAD Report, June 23, 1982

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Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-05
Document File: 26 page(s) / 87K

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JOEL D. ARON: AUTHOR [+10]

Abstract

Bernard A. Galler: What has brought us together is the SPREAD Report, which I learned about through the IBM/Department of Justice litigation. We are publishing the report in the Annals, along with an introduction by Bob Evans. The real history, however, is the context that brought it into being, the subsequent impact on the industry, and the view of what happened by the people who did it. So we asked for this discussion.

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

Discussion of the SPREAD Report, June 23, 1982

JOEL D. ARON

FREDERICK P. BROOKS, JR.

BOB O. EVANS

JOHN W. FAIRCLOUGH

AARON FINERMAN

BERNARD A. GALLER

WILLIAM P. HEISING

WALTER H. JOHNSON

NANCY STERN

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Discussion of the SPREAD Report, June 23, 1982

JOEL D. ARON

FREDERICK P. BROOKS, JR.

BOB O. EVANS

JOHN W. FAIRCLOUGH

AARON FINERMAN

BERNARD A. GALLER

WILLIAM P. HEISING

WALTER H. JOHNSON

IEEE Computer Society, Jan 01, 1983 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 5 Number 1, Page 44

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Discussion of the SPREAD Report, June 23, 1982

NANCY STERN .00/00)

Bernard A. Galler: What has brought us together is the SPREAD Report, which I learned about through the IBM/Department of Justice litigation. We are publishing the report in the Annals, along with an introduction by Bob Evans. The real history, however, is the context that brought it into being, the subsequent impact on the industry, and the view of what happened by the people who did it. So we asked for this discussion.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you, Bob Evans, and IBM for cooperating so greatly -- even to the extent of your personal tape- recording device. This discussion will appear in the Annals with the SPREAD Report, and you will have the right to look over and edit the transcript. What we want is to understand and bring into the historical record the environment in which the SPREAD committee was brought together, what its charter was, how the report happened to come into being, and the effect it had on IBM and the industry. We will therefore put on the record probably the most important event in the history of the computing industry.

Nancy Stern: I want to ask each of you what your perception of the SPREAD committee was initially -- that is, your impressions of what your charter was.

William P. Heising: I think our responsibility was to try to set down a sensible set of guidelines for the development of the entire project. That is why we had a group of people with different skills and different backgrounds. I was from programming;...