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[VON NEUMANN, John] PATTERSON, G. W., R. L. SNYDER, L. P. TABOR & I. TRAVIS.
The EDVAC. A Preliminary Report on Logic and Design. Report No. 48-2.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Moore School of Electrical Engineering, February 16, 1948. First edition of this extremely rare report on the EDVAC, the world's first stored-program electronic computer, which includes sections on the design logic as well as many pages of calculations and operating mathematical formulas. This report, which includes the Organization of the EDVAC, the Input-Output System, Performance Details, Speed of Operation, Controls, Example of Operation, Aids to Maintenance and Indicated Improvements, appears to be the only contemporary report that includes full size blue-line print drawings of components and the architecture of the EDVAC. "Its major influence was that it was the first stored-program electronic digital computer to be described at this level of detail and, as such, set the paradigm for many of the first-generation machines. The design, and in particular the concept of using mercury delay lines for the memory, influenced several of the early machines, the Cambridge EDSAC (for which Maurice Wilkes deliberately chose a similar name to show the connection) and the SEAC being the most famous" (Williams, p. 26). It is unknown how many copies of this report were printed, but similar EDVAC reports from this time period had printings of 15 to 50 sets, most for distribution to other scientists or institutions. The copy at the University of Pennsylvania corresponds to this copy in collation. OCLC locates 5 copies (Brown, Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wayne State). Only one copy has appeared at auction (Pacific Book Auction Galleries, 2 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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