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Remembering the World's First Stored Program Computer "Baby"

 4:52 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

In an interesting post from Google, it remembers the World's first computer to store its program.


Sixty-five years ago today, the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine—nicknamed “Baby”—became the earliest computer in the world to run a program electronically stored in its memory. This was a flagship moment: the first implementation of the stored program concept that underpins modern computing. Remembering the World's First Stored Program Computer "Baby" [googleblog.blogspot.com]

Developed at Manchester University by “Freddie” Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill, in size the Baby was anything but: more than 5m long and weighing a tonne (PDF). Its moniker was due to its role as a testbed for the experimental Williams-Kilburn tube, a means of storing binary digits (“bits”) using a cathode ray tube. This was a big deal because up until this point, computers had no cost-effective means of storing and flexibly accessing information in electronic form.



 5:14 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Very interesting


 9:54 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Um electronically maybe - in the UK looms were programmed by simple punched cards...during the Industrial Revolution visit the Science Museum in London


 12:23 am on Jun 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

How far we have come on this journey.

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