Lecture: The Whirlwind I, 2021-08-14, 19:00

Anke Stüber stueberahoo at yahoo.de
Sat Aug 7 13:18:18 CDT 2021

Hi all,

you're invited to the Update computer club[0] public lecture series

When:  2021-08-14, 19:00 CEST
Where: https://bbb.cryptoparty.se/b/upd-0mo-m2u-aq8

The Whirlwind I
The Whirlwind was a computer of the first generation built at the
servomechanisms lab at MIT. It was the first computer designed to be a
highly reliable part of a system, and to be controlled in real time,   
rather than be a programmable calculator for scientific research. Its
interactive nature directly started a tradition of computer engineering
at MIT which includes the TX-0, TX-2 and DEC's PDP line of
minicomputers. Its role in a simulated air defense system led to the
development of the AN/FSQ-7 computer, the center piece of the SAGE
system. In my talk I will give the historical context in which Whirlwind
was designed and built, explain its architecture and block diagrams, go
into how it was built and how it evolved over its lifetime, and of  
course show some simple demos in my emulator. Those who want to stick
around for a bit longer are encouraged to join me in a little hands-on
hacking session where we look at some original code, but also write our
own to get a feeling for what programming the Whirlwind is like.
Angelo Papenhoff (Humboldt University of Berlin)

The lecture is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming: 2021-09-11, 19:00: The evolution of TECO and EMACS – hands-on
demo. Lars Brinkhoff (ICtech)

Hope to see you there,

[0] http://www.update.uu.se/index_eng.html
[1] https://www.update.uu.se/wiki/doku.php/projekt:updateringar

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