1971 Detailed Survey of 1940s-70s Mainframe,

Mini, Desktop, and Console Computer Systems

with PDP Inventor Gordon Bell, J. Presper Eckert, & John von Neumann ~ 668 Pages

Penned by one of the early pioneers in electronic data processing -Gordon Bell, who designed Digital's original PDP series - this historic text takes an in-depth look at a large cross-section of computing machines spanning the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, from vacuum tube consoles such as theIBM 650andRoyal McBee LGP-30, to desktop models like theHewlett-Packard HP 9100A, to supercomputers like theControl Data CDC 6600and the ill-fated 64-processorILLIAC IV, still under development at the time the book was written. Each is examined in terms of hardware, system architecture, instruction set, and a number of other criteria. Interspersed throughout are several photos of these classic systems, as you can see below. All in all, a definite must-have for any serious student of computer history.

Apart from a little cover wear, the book is very good condition. Ex-libris.Hardcover, 668 pages. First edition, copyright 1971. This item ships WORLDWIDE.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The PMS and ISP Descriptive Systems

3. The Computer Space

4. Preliminary Discussion of the Logical Design of an Electronic Computing Instrument (co-authored by John von Neumann)

5. TheDEC PDP-8

6. TheWhirlwind I Computer

7. Some Aspects of the Logical Design of a Control Computer

8. TheUNIVAC System(co-authored by J. Presper Eckert)

9. The Design Philosophy ofPegasus, a Quantity-production Computer

10. An 8-bit Character Computer

11. ThePilot ACE

12.ZEBRA, a Simple Binary Computer

13.UNIVAC Scientific (1103A)Instruction Logic

14. Instruction Logic of theMIDAC

15. Instruction Logic of theSoviet Strela (Arrow)

16. 650Instruction Logic

18. TheIBM 1401

19. TheOlivetti Programma 101 Desk Calculator

20. TheHP Model 9100A Computing Calculator

21. Design of an Arithmetic Unit Incorporating a Nesting Store

22. Design of theBurroughs B5000 System

23. One-level Storage System

24. A User Machine in a Time-Sharing System

25. TheDEC 338 Display Processor

26.NOVA: A List-oriented Computer

27. TheILLIAC IVcomputer

28. Microprogramming and the Design of the Control Circuits in an Electronic Computer

29. The Design of a General-purpose Microprogram-controlled Computer with Elementary Structure

30. A Command Structure for Complex Information Processing

31. System Design of a FORTRAN Machine

32. A Microprogrammed Implementation of EULER on IBM System/360 Model 30

33. TheIBM 1800

34. The Engineering Design of theStretch Computer

35.PILOT, the NBS Multicomputer System

36. D825 - A Multiple-computer System for Command and Control

37. A Survey of Problems and Preliminary Results Concerning Parallel Processing and Parallel Processors

38. The RW-400: A New Polymorphic Data System

39. Parallel Operation in theControl Data 6600

40. Computer Network Examples

41. TheIBM 7094 I, II

42. TheSDS 910-9300 Series

43. The Structure ofSystem/360, part 1

44. The Structure of System/360, part 2 Appendix: PMS and ISP Notations