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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
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Abstract

This special issue on the IBM 650 is a companion to the April 1983 issue of the Annals, ";Special Issue, IBM 701, IBM Enters the Computing Field"; (Volume 5, Number 2). We are publishing it on about the thirty-second anniversary of the delivery to a customer of the first machine. The IBM 650 revolutionized the infant computer industry. For example, an order of magnitude more 650s were sold than the total number of computers that existed worldwide at the time of its development. The 650 turned a powerful sales and service organization away from control panels (plugboards) and toward stored programs. It proved that computers were for Everyman, and it initiated the momentum in technology that is known today as ";high tech."; Readers who are interested in more detail concerning the 650 -- from a different point of view -- may refer to IBM's Early Computers, by C. J. Bashe, L. R. Johnson, J. H. Palmer, and E. W. Pugh, MIT Press, 1985. We thank IBM for its kind permission to publish excerpts from a variety of IBM publications.

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Copyright ©; 1986 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 1 January 1986 [Front Matter]

SPECIAL ISSUE: IBM 650 IBM Expands the Computing World

About this Issue - Cuthbert C. Hurd, Editor.....3 Contributors.....3 Prolog - Cuthbert C. Hurd.....6

Announcement.....8 IBM Letter - T. V. Learson and C. C. Hurd.....8

Engineering The SSEC and Its Carry -- Over Effects on the IBM Type 650 - Ernest S. Hughes The IBM Magnetic Drum Calculator Type 650 - F. E. Hamilton and E. C. Kubie.....14 The IBM
650 Magnetic Drum Calculator - George R. Trimble.....20 The IBM 650 and the Woodenwheel -
E. L. Glaser.....30 "Optimum Programming" from IBM 650 Manual of Operation.....32

Universities The IBM 650 and the Universities - Bernard A. Galler.....35 A Computer for
Carnegie - G. L. Bach.....36 Two Thousand Words and Two Thousand Ideas -- The 650 at
Carnegie - Alan J. Perlis.....42 Information Processing Language V on the IBM 650 - Herbert A.
Simon and Allen Newell.....47 The IBM 650: An Appreciation from the Field - Donald E.

Knuth.....50 GAT: An Early Compiler and Operating System - Bruce Arden.....56 Educational
Experience with the IBM 650 - John G. Herriot.....59

Programming Aids and Applications.....62 Computation Seminar, August 1955.....62 Nearly 650
Memories of the 650 - R. W. Bemer.....66 FORTRANSIT Recollections - David Hemmes.....70
Wolontis-Bell Interpreter.....74 The IBM MDDPM -- Some Recollections of a Great Machine -
Barry Gordon.....77 The IBM 650 at Savannah River - R. R. Haefner.....84 The Solution of
Simultaneous Equations - G. Truman Hunter.....86

Epilog - Cuthbert C. Hurd.....88

Self-Study Questions.....89

Notices.....89

Comments, Queries, and Debate Author's Response to Review R. Moreau.....94

Reviews K. L. Wildes & N. Lindgren, A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT - M. V. Wilkes J. G. Kemeny & T. E. Kurtz, Back to BASIC K. - W. Smillie Capsule Reviews

Instructions for Authors.....99 Suggestions for Authors.....100

Index, Volume 7, 1985, Annals of the History of Computing..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

This special issue on the IBM 650 is a companion to the April 1983 issue of the Annals, "Special Issue, IBM 701, IBM Enters the Computing Field" (Volume 5, Number 2). We are publishing it on about the thirty-second anniversary of the delivery to a customer of the first machine.

IEEE Computer Society, Jan 01, 1986 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 1, Pages 2_before_3-9

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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 8 Number 1 -- Front Matter

The IBM 650 revolutionized the infant computer industry. For example, an order of magnitude more 650s were sold than the total number of computers that existed worldwide at the time of its development. The 650 turned a powerful sales and service organization away from...