Not everybody, therefore, feels that the ENIAC
doesn't deserve to be called the first modern computer, despite the court ruling.
The first programmable computer (ENIAC
) filled an entire room.
This machine received its input via magnetic tape rather than by the punch cards that were ENIAC
's fibrous diet.
By 1945, they had patched together the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC
What made the compute: Thirty, tons of equipment, including 18,000 vacuum tubes, made ENIAC
The University of Pennsylvania's ENIAC
But because the Mark I was an electromechanical device orders of magnitude slower than its younger electronic cousins the ENIAC
and EDVAC, and because Aiken himself was often perceived as being out of touch with later developments in computing, his legacy is ofte n misunderstood and underrepresented.
1946 The first general-purpose computer, the ENIAC
(Electrical numerical Integrator and Calculator) was built.
: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer by Scott McCartney Walker & Company, $23
The sun never sets on IBM." World War II military needs sped up computer development resulting in the ENIAC
, the first fully electronic computer which contained 20,000 electronic tubes and filled a 30 by 50 foot room.
On February 14, 1946, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania activated the ENIAC
, the world's first programmable computer, which stood ten feet tall, stretched 80 feet wide and weighed 30 tons.
The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the ENIAC
(pronounced E-knee-ac), or Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, the world's first high-speed, general-purpose, electronic digital computer.