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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129635D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 23K

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Software Patent Institute

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JEAN E. SAMMET: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers. Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

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Copyright ©; 1990 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Self-Study Questions

JEAN E. SAMMET, EDITOR

This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers. Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

1. There is frequent mention of the ACE computer as one of the very early machines. The following questions pertain to this: a) Who provided the original ideas and design? What did the acronym ACE represent? b) What key people worked on it? Who led the group which actually did the development? c) Where and when was it built? What smaller version was built first? d) What were the major characteristics of the ACE? e) What other well known individual relatively near this activity was proposing a computer be built about the same time, and where?

2. One of the early commercial computers was the Bendix G- 15. What was the relationship of that computer to the ACE? When was the Bendix G-15 developed? What were its major storage characteristics? What was its first software programming system, and who developed it? How many did Bendix make? What was its relation to the MADDIDA?

3. Operating systems are taken for granted today, even on individual personal computers. However, their development was difficult and not obvious at the start of computing usage.

a) What companies were honored at the 1987 AFIPS Pioneer Day on operating systems? What systems did each of those companies develop, and on what computer?

b) Which appears to have been the first operating system?

c) What collaborative effort attempted to develop an operating system, for what computer, under whose auspices, and when? What was the name of the system, and was it successful? What was the "interim" system? d) Who initiated the use of the term "operating system," and when?

4. The use of computers for music is older than most people realize. What does "computer music" actually mean? Where and when were the earliest occurrences of each type, and who did the work? Are there any studios to assist composers? How is material about computer music documented?

5. For many years, the System Development Corporation was a major company in doing a large amount of programming development. When was it created, where, and how? For what large government computer did it do the programming? What other organizational structures has it had? Is it still in existence? Where are its records? What was one of its major programming tasks?

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