31 Mar '17, 2pm

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory, Harvard and IBM signed an agreement to build the Mark I ASCC:

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory, Harvard and IBM signed an agreement to build the Mark I ASCC:

, also known as the IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC), was a general-purpose, relay-based electromechanical computer and parallel synchronous calculator. Harvard professor Howard Aiken developed the concept with switches, relays, rotating shafts, and clutches. Aiken believed certain branches of science couldn't advance without a machine to solve mathematical problems too large to be done with the current computing equipment. In 1937 Aiken presented his design to Monroe Calculating Company to build it, and though the company turned him down, they suggested approaching IBM. Aiken studied the Babbage analytical engine and added references to it to his proposal before going to IBM. Soon after, IBM President Thomas J Watson agreed to back the project, and Clair D Lake was made the project's chief engineer with assistance from colleagues Benjamin M Durfee and F...

Full article: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4429709/...

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