Computer Architecture History / CPU History -- Mark Smotherman edit / delete

"I want to collect here information on historical firsts and on important machines that are relatively unknown and/or are underappreciated." Excellent articles on STRETCH and similar systems.

to architecture history ibm retrocomputing stretch ... on 07 June

Computer Systems edit / delete

IBM's "Future Systems" project, and related initiatives. There are some interesting architectural ideas here.

to architecture future-systems history ibm retrocomputing ... on 07 June

Ordinosaures (ordinateurs anciens): Serel 1001, ODP 505, T1600, Multi 8 et autres vieux ordinateurs edit / delete

A French perspective on computing history. There are some fantastic images here -- lots of early visualisation and graphics.

to graphics history retrocomputing retrotech ... on 04 June

Tektronix Smalltalk Document Archive edit / delete

"This page contains annotated links to primary documents related to the development of Smalltalk products at Tektronix in the 1980’s."

to history oo retrocomputing smalltalk tektronix ... on 05 May

Douglas W. Jones's punched card index edit / delete

"An illustrated technical history".

to card history ibm retrocomputing unit-record ... on 05 May

Stretch-ing Is Great Exercise: It Gets You in Shape to Win - IEEE Journals & Magazine edit / delete

Fred Brooks on the IBM Stretch project, which pioneered pipelining, 8-byte bytes, multihead hard disks, and various other things we take for granted today. I particularly liked this bit about ECC memory: "The contract required that Stretch run for a month with better than 90% availability. The machine chugged along great and was hovering right above the 90% line when one bit driver, or else one sense amplifier, failed completely! For the rest of the acceptance test, the IBM team just ran it the way it was. There was not time to stop and fix it; stopping would have ruined the statistics. So the Stretch ran along to the end of the month single-error correcting every memory access from that box."

to architecture ecc history ibm pipelining retrocomputing stretch ... on 16 February

How ASCII Got Its Backslash edit / delete

Short answer: "It enabled the ALGOL "and" to be "/\" and the "or" to be "\/"."

to algol ascii character history retrocomputing text ... on 14 February

Notes on the History of Fork and Join - IEEE Journals & Magazine edit / delete

The terms are surprisingly old -- there's a 1963 paper with a diagram that's pretty much what's on my CMP202 slides.

to concurrent fork history parallel retrocomputing ... on 02 February

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