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Assembling the Integrated Data Store (IDS)

Charlie Bachman

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

MEMBERS ONLY Reception: 6:00 PM
Member seating begins: 6:30 PM
General lecture seating begins: 6:50 PM
Lecture: 7:00 PM
Event ends promptly: 9:00 PM

Reception: Computer History Museum, Bldg. 126, Moffett Field
Lecture: Moffett Training and Conference Center, Bldg. 3, Moffett Field

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Charlie Bachman, winner of the Alan M. Turing Award and Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society will describe the circumstances under which the first database management system (DBMS) came into being. The Integrated Data Store (IDS) was a unique assemblage of existing software technologies: virtual memory, blocked records, list processing, data descriptions, self identifying records, data manipulation language, recovery and restart, etc yielding an unprecedented result.

In 1960, General Electric was desperate to computerize their manufacturing systems, without each of 100 departments inventing their own solution. Charlie Bachman and other others from GEs Corporate Services set out to solve the problem. By 1964 they had created and put into production a generic manufacturing system (MIACS), a transaction-oriented operating system, and the first database management system (IDS), all running a 8K GE 225 computer.

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