scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 316
The first generation of computers beginning around the end of World War 2 and continuing until around the year 1957 included computers that used vacuum tubes drum memories and programming in machine code Computers at that time where mammoth machines that did not have the power our present day desktop microcomputers In 1950 the first real-time interactive computer was completed by a design team at MIT The Whirlwind Computer as it was called was a revamped US Navy project for developing an aircraft simulator The Whirlwind used a cathode ray tube and a light gun to provide interactively The Whirlwind was linked to a series of radars and could identify unfriendly aircraft and direct interceptor fighters to their projected locations It was to be the prototype for a network of computers and radar sites SAGE acting as an important element of US air defense for a quarter-century after 1958 In 1951 the first commercially-available computer was delivered to the Bureau of the Census by the Eckert Mauchly Computer Corporation The UNIVAC Universal Automatic Computer was the first computer which was not a one-of-a-kind laboratory instrument The UNIVAC became a household word in 1952 when it was used on a televised newscast to project the winner of the Eisenhower-Stevenson presidential race with stunning accuracy That same year Maurice V Wilkes developer of EDSAC laid the foundation for the concepts of microprogramming which was to become the guide for computer design and construction In 1954 the first general-purpose computer to be completely transistorized was built at Bell Laboratories TRADIC Transistorized Airborne Digital Computer held 800 transistors and bettered its predecessors by functioning well aboard airplanes In 1956 the first system for storing files to be accessed randomly was completed The RAMAC Random-Access Method for Accounting and Control 305 could access any of
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA