Artifact Details

Title

The ENIAC. Lecture by J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly at the Los Alamos History of Computing Conference

Catalog Number

102695389

Type

Moving image

Date

1976-06-10

Credits

Mauchly, John W.; Eckert, J. Presper (John Presper)

Place of Publication

Los Alamos, NM, US

Identifying Numbers

Other number Reel 5 Original tape numbering

Duration

00:42:00

Format

1" IVC magnetic tape

Description

Mauchly, reading for Eckert, provides a history of the ENIAC computer in which he attempts to fill in some gaps not present in other histories. Among the subjects he discusses are: deficiencies in transmitting information vital to the operation of the ENIAC to some users; administrative and practical concerns related to doing "classified" work; time spent teaching at Ursinus College; arrival at the Moore School in 1941; the initial contract and extensions for the ENIAC; reasons why a decimal system was used in the ENIAC; information about the ENIAC stores; and patent issues. The talk begins with an introduction by project supervisor and conference session chair J. G. Brainerd, who discusses the atmosphere at the Moore School and conditions leading to the development of the ENIAC.

Reel covers 2:00 to 2:42 PM.

Roughly corresponds to "The ENIAC" in _A History of Computing in the Twentieth Century," ed. N. Metropolis, J. Howlett, and Gian-Carlo Rosa.

Category

Lecture

Series Title

International Research Conference on the History of Computing

Lot Number

X5953.2011