History of Nordic Computing : IFIP WG9.7 First Working by Janis Bubenko

By Janis Bubenko

This ebook is a vital reference for either educational researchers within the box of ancient computing. it's the first ebook in English that covers the early period of Nordic computing from the Nineteen Fifties to the early Eighties. many of the participants are themselves pioneers within the box. The publication bargains with many points of Nordic computing resembling the advance of early desktop undefined, improvement of uncomplicated software program and compilers, layout and implementation of early functions in engineering in addition to in firms and advancements in use of pcs in schooling. different facets defined comprise Nordic cooperation by way of meetings and journals in addition to the position of desktops in social existence and in politics. Paper subject matters contain, between many others, topics corresponding to the pioneering period in Norwegian clinical computing (1948 – 1962), the function of IBM in beginning computing within the Nordic nations, desktops and politics, and Algol-Genius as an early good fortune for top point language. different themes comprise the delivery of Simula, the Scandinavian tuition of knowledge platforms improvement, and the function of ladies within the pioneering years of Nordic computing. This publication is fundamental for academics in computing in that it supplies them a longer point of view at the subject matters they're educating. it's also beneficial for these attracted to and dealing with old analyses of Nordic computing. It includes unique contributions from many pioneers of Nordic computing. those contributions shape an outstanding commencing to additional old investigations and analyses. The publication additionally includes articles written by means of machine historians that make major conclusions approximately judgements made concerning improvement of a computing within the Nordic nations. Janis Bubenko, Jr. is professor emeritus of desktop and platforms technology on the Royal Institute of expertise and Stockholm collage, Sweden. John Impagliazzo is professor of computing device technological know-how at Hofstra collage in ny. Arne Sølvberg is professor of computing device and data technological know-how on the Norwegian collage of technology and expertise, Trondheim, Norway.

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It amused me, partly because he realized that it was in fact difficult, and partly because I understood who had told him. ID: I remember that director of finance very well. You, Börje, had asked me to analyze whether SARA, then under construction, could be used for SAAB’s administrative data processing. I concluded that SARA was too slow with the primitive sorting methods I knew; that was before quick-sort was generally known. The finance director used this as an argument to drop the SARA option, and then they went ahead and bought a slower IBM computer; they wanted IBM at any cost.

In addition, what I wrote about processes. I have recently been in contact with a systems analyst at the Taxation Authority. He is interested in what is written about processes. The concepts of process grouping and file consolidation are surely relevant in what is today called “process engineering”. In essence, this technique developed in TAIS is not limited to data processing. Another thought I developed in TAIS is that if companies have similar activities, then their basic administrative routines ought to be similar, too.

With this equipment, the main branch of NCC could better fulfill its obligations and undertake a variety of jobs for industry and scientific institutions, mostly numerical calculations of mathematical and mathematical-statistical nature. 26 Drude Berntsen In those days, IBM rented machines for scientific use at a special discount. Per Gotaas, an insurance mathematician became director of NCC. He himself worked mainly on these IBM machines. In Bergen, they wanted to be just as advanced as the Oslo branch.

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