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Alfred E. Brenner papers

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1962-2010; bulk 1980-2000


Brenner, Alfred


5.63 linear feet in 4 record cartons, 1 legal manuscript box, and 1 half manuscript box


The 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


Collection Record


Computers—Soviet Union; High performance computing; Supercomputer industry; Trade literature

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Alfred E. Brenner papers


Gift of Alfred Brenner

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