[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: CCS News - 2016 Tony Sale Award winner

Brian Randell brian.randell at newcastle.ac.uk
Fri Nov 18 03:39:34 PST 2016


Here’s an interesting news release that has just reached me:

Computer Conservation Society news release:

When programming was physical
Interactive 1950’s computer programming reconstruction from Germany wins 2016 Tony Sale Award

18 November 2016

The 2016 Tony Sale Award for computer conservation has been won by the Heinz-Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) for its evocative and educational reconstruction showing how ENIAC, one of the first electronic computers, was programmed. The Tony Sale Award, managed by the Computer Conservation Society and sponsored by Google, recognises achievements in the growing area of computer conservation.

ENIAC was programmed by plugging wires and turning knobs, a physical skillset quite different from those deployed today. The reconstruction of part of the huge 1946 American computer has the look and feel of the original, but has been simplified to make it readily understood and even programmable by non-specialists.

Photos and video of the reconstruction here: http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news-releases/tony-sale-award-2016


Brian Randell

School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne,
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