Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

From Tabulators to Timeshare: the ICT1300 systems

Speaker: Rod Brown
Date: Thursday 20th April 2017
Time: 14:30

BCS, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA


About the seminar

In the late 1950s a company called ICT decided it would design a second generation computer. It was to be based on known principles and have considerable expansion potential. It was also designed for ICT’s existing customer base of exclusively punched card machine users.

The result in 1962 was the ICT1300 series. It was successful and it provided a design base which allowed it to grow from a punched card tabulator emulator through a magnetic tape file handler to a fully timesharing multi-programmed system.

Engineering on these systems and earlier generations of valve computers was an interesting challenge. Rod Brown will talk through the design principles, the growth of the systems as its users’ needs changed and point to the machines which followed. The presentation will also cover computer conservation before the CCS existed, the ICT 1301 Resurrection Project’s active years in Kent and our hopes that the project can restart at TNMoC at sometime in the future.

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