Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society


EDSAC, Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Computer, was built by Maurice Wilkes and colleagues at the University of Cambridge Mathematics Lab, and came into use in May 1949. It was a very well-engineered machine, and Wilkes designed it to be a productive tool for mathematicians from the start. It used mercury delay line tanks for main store (512 words of 36 bits) and half megacycle/sec serial bit rate. Input and output on paper tape, easy program load, nice rememberable machine order-code. See Resurrection issue 2 for some of Wilkes' design decisions.

Simulators of EDSAC included here are:

64 an emulator by Lee Wittenberg, for MS-DOS

to Martin Campbell-Kelly’s website containing an emulator for Windows and for Mac together with many example programs.