Artifact Details

Title

Census Sixty, The ENIAC Film

Catalog Number

102630512

Type

Moving Image

Date

1960 ca.

Publisher

Remington Rand, Inc. UNIVAC Division

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number F 1007
Deprecated CHM identification number F2.84

Duration

00:24:00

Format

VHS

Description

This film begins with a segment on the UNIVAC 1105 computer, describing its role in the 1960 United States census. Acted vignettes are intercut with technical descriptions of the UNIVAC's high-speed printer and magnetic memory. The film is intended for an audience of laypersons.

The second segment is copy of The ENIAC Film, narrated by Arthur W. Burks (102651578), in which Burks describes the design and development of the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator), including details about hardware, layout and programming procedures. A layout diagram of the ENIAC is shown, and some information on ENIAC's defense applications is presented. Persons featured in the film footage include Arthur W. Burks, J. Pres Eckert, John Mauchly, Jane McNulty, Betty Jean Jennings (Jean Bartik) and Herman Goldstein. The video also includes a description of the modifications made to ENIAC for the 1946 film - Burks describes how larger display lights were added to ENIAC because "[the film crew] felt the public could understand visual communication between man and machine better than communication by punched card."

Subject

ENIAC (Computer)