Artifact Details

Title

The Eniac Film, Narrated by Arthur W. Burks

Catalog Number

102651578

Type

Moving image

Publisher

Digital Computer Museum

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number VT 310

Duration

00:09:00

Format

VHS

Description

This video features footage from the 1946 ENIAC reel (102651577) coupled with narration by Prof. Arthur W. Burks. 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."