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Nov 30, 2012

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WORLD'S OLDEST DIGITAL COMPUTER RESTORED TO LIFE

WORLD'S OLDEST DIGITAL COMPUTER RESTORED TO LIFE AT AGE 60

The Harwell Dekatron computer is a 1950s computer having roughly the weight and size of a Hummer H3 and the computing power of a four-function pocket calculator. Having been restored to its original operating condition using 95 percent original parts, it is now the oldest functioning programmable digital computer in the world. Guinness might have been onto something, when, in 1973, they named the Dekatron the Most Durable Computer in the World.

The Harwell computer was built in the early 1950s for the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment. Never intended to be a state-of-the-art general-purpose computer, the Harwell was developed to perform simple but repetitive calculations continuously and without error. Its computational rate is about 0.1 FLOPS, similar to that of a pocket calculator, but the computer operates for long periods of time without human intervention.




Interesting.  Sounds Frankenstein-ish.  Good for them!





Photo(s) credit: National Museum of Computing


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