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IBM's early computers

Author: Charles J Bashe
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1986.
Series: MIT Press series in the history of computing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In describing the technical experiences of one company from the beginning of the computer era, this book unfolds the challenges that IBM's research and development laboratories faced, the technological paths they chose, and how these choices affected the company and the computer industry. It chronicles the transformation of IBM into a computer company in a remarkably few years, discussing projects that ended in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles J Bashe
ISBN: 0262022257 9780262022255
OCLC Number: 12021988
Description: xviii, 716 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Punched cards and plugwires --
Electronic calculation --
A machine for ordinary businesses --
The tape processing machine --
First-generation IBM computers --
Magnetic tape --
Ferrite-core memories --
Disk storage --
Programming --
Transistors --
Project stretch --
Broadening the base --
Research --
The architectural challenge --
Appendix A: Sequence control in the SSEC --
Appendix B: TPM organization and operation --
Appendix C: Havens delay unit circuit operation --
Appendix D: 701 system design summary.
Series Title: MIT Press series in the history of computing.
Responsibility: Charles J. Bashe [and others].

Abstract:

In describing the technical experiences of one company from the beginning of the computer era, this book unfolds the challenges that IBM's research and development laboratories faced, the technological paths they chose, and how these choices affected the company and the computer industry. It chronicles the transformation of IBM into a computer company in a remarkably few years, discussing projects that ended in frustration as well as the more successful ones, and providing a sense of the atmosphere, the people, and the decision-making processes involved during the company's rapid technological transformation. This book is a unique contribution to the modern history of computers. It focuses on engineering alternatives rather than business and general management considerations and reveals the significance of imaginative solutions to problems in design and technology, from initial experiments with electronics in digital machines to the threshold of the System 360 era. This fair and balanced account of IBM's role in shaping today's electronic revolution identifies the individuals (both inside and outside the company) whose pioneering work influenced developments at IBM. The book's fourteen chapters briefly survey the card machine era and then cover electronic calculation, the magnetic drum calculator, the Defense Calculator and other first-generation products, ferrite core memories, magnetic tape, and disk storage development, programming, transistors, "Project Stretch" (which involved disappointments but led to one of IBM's greatest successes) high-speed printers, research, and new-product-line considerations.

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