IBM-ACS: Reminiscences and Lessons Learned from a 1960’s Supercomputer Project

  • Lynn Conway
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6875)


This paper contains reminiscences of my work as a young engineer at IBM-Advanced Computing Systems. I met my colleague Brian Randell during a particularly exciting time there – a time that shaped our later careers in very interesting ways. This paper reflects on those long-ago experiences and the many lessons learned back then. I’m hoping that other ACS veterans will share their memories with us too, and that together we can build ever-clearer images of those heady days.


IBM Advanced Computing Systems supercomputer computer architecture system design project dynamics design process design multilevel simulation superscalar instruction level parallelism multiple out-of-order dynamic instruction scheduling Xerox Palo Alto Research Center VLSI design 


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  • Lynn Conway
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  1. 1.Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, EmeritaUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUnited States of America

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