Artifact Details

Title

Computing at Livermore in 1963

Catalog Number

102694947

Type

Moving Image

Date

1993-04-27

Participants

Hardy, Norman, Speaker
Leith, Chuck, Speaker
Michael, George, Speaker
Ranelletti, John, Speaker

Publisher

Sun Microsystems

Place of Publication

US

Duration

01:34:03

Format

VHS

Description

The video begins with a handheld, narrated examination of historical objects laid out prior to the talk, including several items that were eventually donated at the Computer History Museum. The panel proper starts with the introduction of four scientists who worked at Livermore in 1963 - John Ranelletti, Norman Hardy, Chuck Leith and George Michael. Ranelletti goes through the evolution of large computers used at Lawrence Livermore Labs, followed by a review of the systems used at the labs in 1963. Hardy discusses his work on the Livermore Time-sharing System, including its capabilities, challenges and place within the Lab. Leith reviews his work creating weather models using the UNIVAC LARC, as well as massively parallel computing efforts that began at Livermore at the time. Michael begins by reviewing Livermore’s early computer movies, as well as the Octopus resource-sharing network, and the Radiation printer, and methods to create color and 3D graphics using the PDP-1. Unidentified audience members ask questions, both during the discussion, and after in a question and answer session.

The audio for the lecture includes a sustained hum, and some loud audio at the 28 minute mark.

Series Title

Bay Area Computer History Perspectives