Whirlwind rack

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Date Introduced
1951
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
72 x 26 x 5 in.
Manufacturer
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Credit Line
Gift of the Digital Equipment Corporation
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
Cambridge, MA, US
Keywords
Anderson, Harlan; Olsen, Ken; DEC; TX-2 (Computer); TX-0 (Computer)
Object ID
102631000, 102631003, 102647894, 102630980
Speed
125,000 adds/s
Memory Type
Core
Memory Size
6,144 words
Memory Width
16-bit

Whirlwind’s success inspired the transistorized TX-0 and TX-2 computers. The TX-2 laid the foundation for later designs at Digital Equipment Corporation, founded in 1957 by Ken Olsen and Harlan Anderson after leaving MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories.