Dependable and Historic Computing

Volume 6875 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 225-237

The Belgian Electronic Mathematical Machine (1951-1962): An Account

  • Pierre-Jacques CourtoisAffiliated withInstitute of Information & Communication Technologies, Electronics & Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)

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Dedicated to Brian Randell, Emeritus Professor of Newcastle upon Tyne University, in commemoration of his 75th birthday, this paper evokes the origins and the development of an electronic computer realized in Antwerp (Belgium) in the early 1950’s. Our main focus is on some interesting archetypes and advanced aspects of the design, and on how a small group of Belgians engineers developed this early machine.


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