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The Federal Computing Machine Program

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129469D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 11 page(s) / 46K

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Software Patent Institute

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MINA REES: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In an article published in ";Science"; (Vol. 112, pp. 731-736, December 22, 1950), adapted from a talk given at a meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery in Washington on September 8, 1950, the author gives a brief account of some of the computing machines, both analog and digital, that were in operation on government problems or under construction for government agencies in 1950, and speculates on the direction of future developments.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1985 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

The Federal Computing Machine Program

MINA REES

  (Image Omitted: © 1985 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. "The Federal Computing Machine Program" is reprinted from Science (Volume 112, December 22, 1950, pp. 731-736) with the permission of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1950 AAAS. Author's Address: Graduate Center, City University of New York, 33 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036. © 1985 AFIPS 01 64-; 239/85/0201 56-163

The Federal Computing Machine Program

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In an article published in "Science" (Vol. 112, pp. 731-736, December 22, 1950), adapted from a talk given at a meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery in Washington on September 8, 1950, the author gives a brief account of some of the computing machines, both analog and digital, that were in operation on government problems or under construction for government agencies in 1950, and speculates on the direction of future developments.

Categories and Subject Descriptors: K. 2 [History of Computing] -- hardware General Terms: Design Additional Key Words and Phrases: Office of Naval Research

Foreword

Henry S. Tropp

Richard Hamming's article in "A History of Computing in the Twentieth Century" (Metropolis et al., Academic Press, 1980), is "We Would Know What They Thought When They Did It." The tit/e is an underlying credo of the Annals. One important facet of that historical underpinning is the recovery of material written at a critical time in the early history of computers by an individual who was in the right position and had the knowledge to report on the state of the world accurately and perceptively. Mina Rees's article, reprinted here, more than satisfies the criteria mentioned. In her job at the Office of Naval Research, she had up-to-date information on what was going on globally. By virtue of the demands on ONR and the role of the federal government in both funding and anticipating future computational needs, she was in a position to know what was being done, what was working, and what "future" technology was anticipated.

Introduction

IEEE Computer Society, Apr 01, 1985 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 7 Number 2, Pages 156-163

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The Federal Computing Machine Program

When Henry S. Tropp suggested to me that the Annals might reprint "The Federal Computing Machine...