Friday

Remembering The Ferranti Atlas

No, not a Ferrari Atlas, a Ferranti Atlas - the UK's first supercomputer. The short video below is pretty cool, and it's astonishing how OLD stuff looks, just from 50 years ago (1962). However, the Atlas used transistors instead of vacuum tubes (referred to as "valves" in the UK video), it had a multi-tasking operating system and used virtual memory  - computer features that are still with us today. Even so, one of the contributors remarks rather ruefully that "...your washing machine has a more powerful computer in it than Atlas did."


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