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EDSAC Reborn: A computer detective story

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The EDSAC computer occupies a pivotal place in the history of our computer dependent age. The EDSAC Replica Project was initiated at the end of 2010 with the goal of building a working replica of EDSAC as it existed when it successfully ran its first program on the 6th May 1949. The machine is on view at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

This talk tells the story of the recreation of EDSAC , focussing on the two questions:

“Why are you constructing a 65 year old computer?” and

“How did you do it?”.

The story has a happy ending.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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