Oracle: Hardware Software Complete in 1953
By mprove on Apr 26, 2011
History does not repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes. Here is a wonderful example: the ORACLE computer in 1953!
No, it is no Photoshop-fake. In fact ORACLE stands for "Oak Ridge Automatic Computer and Logical Engine", the world fastest computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Here are some more details_
Assembled before the development of transistors and microchips, the ORACLE was a large scientific digital computer that used vacuum tubes. It had an original storage capacity of 1024 words of 40 bits each (later doubled to 2048 words). The computer also contained a mangetic-tape auxiliary memory and an on-line cathode-tube plotter, a recorder and a typewriter. Operational in 1954, for a time the ORACLE had the fastest speed and largest data storage capacity of any computer in the world. Problems that would have required two mathematicians with electric calculators three years to solve could be done on the ORACLE in 20 minutes.