PROCEEDINGS OF A SYMPOSIUM ON LARGE SCALE DIGITAL COMPUTING MACHINERY, AUGUST 3-5, 1953 Page: 4 of 319
This report is part of the collection entitled: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports and was provided to Digital Library by the UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
This volume of the Proceedings is a collection of the transcripts of
* papers presented at the Computer Symposium sponsored by Argonne Na-
tional Laboratory on August 3, 4, and 5, 1953. These papers deal mainly
with the engineering aspects of the design of digital computers. The prob-
lems encountered in the employment of cathode ray tubes as storage de-
* - vices and the advances in circuit techniques are discussed in six papers on
Williams Tube Memory. Theory of operation and the practical application
of large scale ferromagnetic memory are presented in the four papers on
this subject. A survey of the work done at Bell Laboratories in connection
with the application of transistors to high-speed computers is covered in
the papers presented by the Staff of the Bell Laboratories. Other topics of
current interest, such as magnetic recording, ferroelectrics, programming
experience, experimental mathematics, as well as weather computations,
The success of this symposium was due in a large measure to the
splendid work of the Program Committee and the Session Chairmen and the
stimulating talks delivered by the various speakers.
On behalf of the Argonne National Laboratory, I wish to express my
appreciation to the members of the symposium for their attendance, and per-
" sonally I must express my gratitude for the assistance I obtained from Les-
ter Furney, R. F. Kramer, Margaret Isom, and many other staff members
of both ANL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (on loan to ANL).
During the symposium many speculations arose as to why this meet-
ing was held on August 3, 4, and 5. For the completeness of this Proceeding
a few of the interesting speculations are recorded as follows:
1. It is intended to be the first and last Computer Symposium ever
held in August, especially in the Chicago area.
2. It is the tenth year anniversary of the completion of the first all-
electronic computer, the ENIAC.
3. It is the anniversary date of the start of the voyage of Columbus
which resulted in the discovery of America.
However, whatever the reason may be, I must pay tribute to all of
our guests that they lived through it and seemingly enjoyed it.
J. C. Chu
1 1 1 ( I
Here’s what’s next.
This report can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Report.
PROCEEDINGS OF A SYMPOSIUM ON LARGE SCALE DIGITAL COMPUTING MACHINERY, AUGUST 3-5, 1953, report, October 31, 1954; [Illinois]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1024903/m1/4/: accessed January 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.