NASA Ames (Moffet Field) Computation Division?

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Jul 2 10:58:48 CDT 2019

On 7/2/19 4:55 AM, Nigel Williams wrote:
> On 2 Jul 2019, at 1:34 pm, Chuck Guzis via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> Anyone know what hardware was at NASA Ames in the late 70s?  I've
>> got some tapes from there and would like to avoid guessing.
> Well excitingly it was home to the Illiac IV supercomputer! supported
> by a Burroughs B6700 and DEC PDP-10, both would have had tape drives.
> The Illiac IV arrived at NASA Ames in 1975 and was decommissioned in
> 1982 so it covers your time period.
> Are there any annotations on the tape covers?

I knew about the Illiac--I was acquainted with a few people on the
project.  I suspect that the tapes are far more pedestrian than
that--they're almost certainly 7-track.  Beyond that, nothing on the
labels that could be considered to be meaningful.

I'm wondering if these might be Univac 1100 series tapes.  I'll know
more when I get a chance to take a look at the things in a bit more detail


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