Artifact Details

Title

Allan, Dal oral history

Catalog Number

102746670

Type

Text

Date

2013-03-12

Contributor

Allan, Dal, Interviewee
Burniece, Thomas, Interviewer
Dennis, Eric, Videographer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

95 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

This is the fascinating journey of Dal Allan, who grew up in Australia and went to work for IBM in 1960, where he ended up in "systems" because he didn't want to wear a hat (required for sales). He learned to program and became one of the four people who wrote the original disk operating system for the System 360. From there he went on to ISS and took a leadership role in just about every disk drive standard ever created by an industry committee. As a result, this story covers the evolution of disk drive interfaces from the original IBM RAMAC to the current day.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Storage history

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X6787.2013