TitleAlfred E. Brenner papers
Date1962-2010; bulk 1980-2000
Extent5.63 linear feet in 4 record cartons, 1 legal manuscript box, and 1 half manuscript box
DescriptionThe Alfred E. Brenner papers, ranging in date from 1962 to 2010, contain technical and business documents pertaining to high performance computers, with the bulk published between 1980 and 2000. The majority of the collection consists of product brochures, data sheets, and product summaries. Other materials in the collection include press releases, annual reports, news clippings, scholarly articles, technical reports, catalogs, presentation materials, correspondence, and manuals. Brenner collected these documents from the manufacturers of high performance computers through vendor meetings, conferences, and direct mail. He retained them for use as reference files to determine the most appropriate computers to support his research. In addition to the files grouped by company, there are subject files on Soviet computing, which contain articles and brochures from the 1970s and early 1980s.
The collection is arranged by company name in rough alphabetical order. Below is a listing of folder titles in the collection.
Box 1: Alliant, AMD, Amdahl, AMT, Apollo, Ardent, BBN, Burroughs ILLIAC IV, CDC (old), CDC [2 folders], Charles River Systems, CHOPP, Compaq, Convex [2 folders], Cray Computer Corp., Cray Inc/SGI, Cray Inc/TERA, Cray Research/MMP
Box 2: Cray Research/MMP, SRC (Cray), Cray Research [6 folders], Culler Scientific Systems, Cydrome, Data General [2 folders], DEC Alpha, DEC Communications, DEC Historical, DEC [2 folders], Denelcor
Box 3: Elxsi, ETA, Evans & Sutherland, Flexible, Floating Point Systems (FPS), Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi [2 folders], IBM 3090, IBM RP3, IBM RS6000, IBM [3 folders], Intel – early Rattner HPC efforts, Japanese computers, Kendall Square Research
Box 4: Maspar, Multiflow, NCube, NEC [2 folders], SEL, Sequent, Soviet computers [3 folders], Robotron, Storage Tek, Sun, Silicon Graphics, Texas Instruments/ASC
Box 5: Kendall Square Research, Tera [2 folders], Thinking Machines Corp (TMC)
Box 6: Xerox Data Systems (XDS), AstroNautics, HyperCube