Engineer John von Neumann stands with the Harvard Mark I, an electromechanical computer.
British code breakers used The Colossus to decrypt coded German messages at the end of World War II.
ENIAC, the world’s first general-purpose computer, weighed 27 tons. Among other things, the so-called “Giant Brain” was used for calculations for the development of the hydrogen bomb.
Analog Computing Machine, an early version of the modern computer, is located in the then-Engine Research Building at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio, which is now part of NASA.
Harwell’s 1951 model called The WITCH was short for Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Whirlwind incorporated 4,500 vacuum tubes, 14,800 diodes, and took up 3,100 square feet of floor space.
IBM’s Naval Ordnance Research Calculator could perform 15,000 operations per second, making it the most powerful computer of its time.
Norwich City Council’s first computer is delivered to the City Treasurer’s Department. Elliott Brothers was an early UK computer company.
IBM 305 RAMAC. Each of those massive towers is a hard disk drive holding a whopping 5MB of data.
The Bendix G-15 cost around $60,000.
BRLESC I had 4096 72-bit words of memory, the equivalent of 36k.
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