Scientific Computing and Matrix Computations Seminar: Eniac
Seminar: Scientific Computing: CS | February 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall
Joe Grcar, LBNL, retired
The ENIAC was the first machine to do useful work as a modern, general-purpose computer. Conceived during the second World War, it was built in 1943-1945 at the University of Pennsylvania, and then it ran at the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Lab on Aberdeen Proving Ground until 1955. ENIAC did not have a von Neumann architecture although it did operate in a programmable mode beginning in 1948. Because ENIAC was fully electronic it made obsolete any other approach to machine calculation. For that reason ENIAC can be said to have begun the computer revolution. This talk is based on my book review of "ENIAC in Action by Haigh et al appearing in SIAM Review, vol 60 no 2, June 2018.