History of Nordic Computing

Volume 174 of the series IFIP International Federation for Information Processing pp 311-316

Ferranti Mercury at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

  • T. William OlleAffiliated withT. William Olle Associates


This paper presents the author’s experience in using what was probably the first commercially available stored program electronic digital computer used in the Nordic countries, namely the Ferranti Mercury installed at NDRE in August 1957. It describes the computer hardware and what came much later to be called the system software.

Key words

Ferranti Mercury Norwegian Defence Research Establishment machine language programming Jan Garwick SHAPE Air Defence Technical Centre