MADDIDA (Magnetic Drum Digital Differential Analyzer) prototype

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Date Introduced
1949
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
56 x 25 x 46 in.
Manufacturer
Northrop Aircraft Corporation
Credit Line
Gift of Los Angeles County Museum
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
von Neumann, John, 1903--1957; SNARK
Object ID
X1050.91

MADDIDA, developed for a nuclear missile design project, used digital electronics. Tracks on a magnetic drum did the mathematical integration. MADDIDA was flown across the country for a demonstration to John von Neumann, who was impressed.