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Leeds Before Andrew. The man - not the CMU file system. 1957. A truly vintage year. Six Universities purchase computers. Born in1957. European Union Scalextrics British Computer Society. Lyons Corner House 1957 ??. Developed LEO computers first business use of computers - worldwide

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Leeds Before Andrew

The man - not the CMU file system


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1957

  • A truly vintage year


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Six Universities purchase computers


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Born in1957

  • European Union

  • Scalextrics

  • British Computer Society


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Lyons Corner House1957 ??

  • Developed LEO computers

  • first business use of computers - worldwide

  • The only Lyons Corner House outside the London area was in Leeds


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Seymour Cray and CDC

  • Control Data Corporation was founded by William C. Morris and a group of engineers (amongst whom Seymour Cray) from Sperry Rand

ECMWFCRAY-1


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Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)

  • founded by Ken Olsen and Harlan Anderson.

  • PDP-1 computer


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FORTRAN-1 is formally published

  • John Backus led the IBM team


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From the History of Computing Project websitehttp://www.thocp.net/

  • Verbatim:“A first attempt to immitatie human intelligence in a simulacron is attempted by Herbert.”

  • No further explanation is offered


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Milestones in Leeds


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1957 Electronic Computing Laboratory


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1957 Pegasus

  • installed in Eldon Chapel

  • Known as Lucifer


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Operators’ Manual for Pegasus


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Useful operating instructions


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KDF9

  • 1962? KDF9 installed in Eldon Chapel

  • 1965 Flowers Report

  • 1966 KDF9 upgraded and moved to Computer Block


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1966 First Undergraduates(Combined Studies)


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1968 Eldon2 service starts

  • 192 Kbytes core store 6S cycle time

  • 24 Mbytes hard disk - seek time 300 mS

  • PDP-8 communications processor

  • 32 teletype terminals

  • response OK up to about 26 logged on users


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ICL 1906A

  • 1972 ICL1906A installed

  • 1972 KDF9 switches to student role

  • George 3 (later George 4)


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THIS IS GEORGE 3 MARK 8.67 ON 31DEC99

10.19.03_

TIMED OUT 10.19.33

THE SYSTEM HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DOWN


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Milestones UCS / ISS

  • 1979/12/29 Amdahl V7 with VM/CMS

  • 1975 Wells report - JANET - e-mail

  • 1984 JANET starts on 1st April

  • 1984 upgrade to Amdahl 580

  • 1990 UNIX - Sun, SG, HP

  • 1990 PCs - DOS

  • 1990s UCS/Admin DP merged to form ISS

  • 1992 WWW


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Students

1968 freshers - 40% female


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More students

1968? - 31.5% female over the 3 pictures


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Students socialising


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Students socialising


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Recollections of Andrew

  • Not a shrinking violet

  • Not lacking in confidence

  • Not one to shirk a challenge

  • Not afraid of the unconventional


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Algol68 on 1906A

  • World’s first Algol68 compiler

  • 1970s saw rapid development in programming languages

  • Perhaps the first Leeds undergraduate to explore the language


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Final Year project onAnalogue Computer

Perhaps the last Leeds undergraduateto work on the machine


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Andrew J Herbert


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