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Ceruzzi, Paul CeruzziP at si.edu
Wed May 16 05:54:13 PDT 2018

Hope this is of interest to SIGCIS folks. My continuing interest in "HAL" after 50 years.


Wednesday, May 16th, at 12:30 pm (1630 GMT)

Not 'HAL' from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but a Real Supercomputer Used by NASA

with Paul Ceruzzi

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Fifty years ago, the film 2001: a Space Odyssey featured a computer  "HAL," that could converse with its human crew in plain English, and perform a number of intelligent tasks (at least until the final scenes!). In this Ask an Expert talk, curator Paul Ceruzzi discusses what real supercomputers of the 1960s looked like, and what they did (and did not do). He will describe NASM's exhibit of a Control Data Corporation model 3800 computer, which was used by the Air Force to track and control satellites, and by NASA to solve complex aerodynamics equations. Paul will also give some details about the computer's legendary designer, Seymour Cray, who is considered the "father" of supercomputers.

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