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History of Computing The Origins of Computing Sources: Combrink, Thomas Cortina, Fergus Toolan,

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What is a Computer? one who computes a person employed to make calculations in an observatory, in surveying, etc. “a programmable machine that can execute a list of instructions in a well-defined manner”

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What is a modern computer A machine which can execute billions of instructions per second. Uses a “stored program” to execute instruction in a specific order to “solve a problem”

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Modern Computers are assemblies of components Six logical units of computer system Input unit Mouse, keyboard Output unit Printer, monitor, audio speakers Memory unit Retains input and processed information Arithmetic and logic unit (ALU) Performs calculations Central processing unit (CPU) Supervises operation of other devices Secondary storage unit Hard drives, floppy drives

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CPU (Microprocessor Chip) Brain of the computer Made of Integrated Circuits (ICs), which have millions of tiny transistors and other components Performs all calculations & executes all instructions Example chips for PC: Intel (Celeron, Pentium) AMD (K-6 and Athlon) Inside the Chip

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What’s a Giga Hertz (GHz) ? A unit of measurement for CPU speed (clock speed) G (giga) means 1 billion, M (mega) would be 1 million Hz is for frequency per second GHz means 1 billion clock cycles per second CPUs may execute multiple operations each clock cycle So what does a 2.8 GHz CPU mean? 2,800,000,000 clock cycles per second Performs at least 2,800,000,000 operations per second

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Main Memory (RAM) Stores data for programs currently running Temporary empty when power is turned off Fast access to CPU

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What’s a Giga Byte (GB)? GB measures the amount of data the it can store G (giga) for 1 billion M (mega) for 1 million Data quantities are measured in bytes 1 Bit = stores a single on/off piece of information 1 Byte = 8 bits 1 Kilobyte = 2 10 (~1,000 bytes) 1 Megabyte = 2 20 (~1,000,000 bytes) 1 Gigabyte = 2 30 (~1,000,000,000 bytes)

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Hard Drive Stores data and programs Permanent storage (theoretically) when you turn off the computer, it is not emptied

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Motherboard Connects all the components together

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How did we get here? In studying the history of computers, where do we start? We could go back thousands of years Mathematical developments Manufacturing developments Engineering innovations The wheel?

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Counting

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What number system do you use? Decimal (base-10) Has been in use for thousands of years Guesses: first China then India then Middle East then Europe (introduced as late as 1200)

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Primative Calculators

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The Abbacus

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Early Computational Devices (Chinese) Abacus Used for performing arithmetic operations

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Al’Khowarizmi and the algorithm 12th Century Tashkent Cleric Developed the concept of a written process for doing something Published a book on the process of algorithms The basis of software

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Early Computational Devices Napier’s Bones, 1617 For performing multiplication & division John Napier 1550-1617

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Philosopher Forefathers of Modern Computing 1600-1700 Von Leibniz developed binary arithmetic and a hand cranked calculator. Calculator was able to add, subtract, multiply and divide. n Blaise Pascal – developed the Pascaline. n Desk top calculator worked lik an odometer.

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Blaise Pascal Pascal (1623-62) was the son of a tax collector and a mathematical genius. He designed the first mechanical calculator (Pascaline) based on gears. It performed addition and subtraction.

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Early Computational Devices Pascaline mechanical calculator Blaise Pascal 1623-1662

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Early Computational Devices Slide Calculators William Oughtred 1574-1660

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Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz Leibnitz (1646-1716) was a German mathematician and built the first calculator to do multiplication and division. It was not reliable due to accuracy of contemporary parts. He also documented the binary number system which is used in all modern computers.

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Count to 8 in binary 0001 0010 0011 0100 0101 0110 0111 1000

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Modern Computers use Binary Why? Much simpler circuits needed for performing arithmetic

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Early Computational Devices Leibniz’s calculating machine, 1674 Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz 1646-1716

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George Boole (1815-1864) Invented Boolean Algebra System of logic using boolean values Used to establish inequalities: symbolic use of, or <> Used in computer switching Modern use in library searches

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Charles Babbage Babbage (1792-1872) was a British inventor who designed an two important machines: Difference engine Analytical engine He saw a need to replace the human computers used to calculate numerical tables which were prone to error with a more accurate machine.

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Charles Babbage Difference engine Designed to compute values of polynomial functions automatically No multiplication was needed because he used the method of finite differences He never built one It was built from 1989 – 1991 for the London Science Museum

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Charles Babbage Difference Engine

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Charles Babbage The Next Leap Forward 1800’s

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Charles Babbage Analytical Engine Could be programmed using punch cards – totally revolutionary idea Sequential control / branching / looping Turing complete

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The analytical engine of Charles Babbage

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Lady Ada Byron – World’s first programmer Countess of Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron. One of the first women mathematicians in England Documented Babbage’s work. Wrote an account of the difference engine. Wrote a program for the difference engine for computing Bernoulli numbers

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Herman Hollerith Hollerith developed an electromechanical punched- card tabulator to tabulate the data for 1890 U.S. census. Data was entered on punched cards and could be sorted according to the census requirements. The machine was powered by electricity. He formed the Tabulating Machine Company which became International Business Machines (IBM). IBM is currently the largest computer manufacturer, employing in excess of 300,000 people.

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Herman Hollerith punch card tabulating machine 1890 Census

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Hollerith Tables and the Census Improved the speed of the census Reduced cost by $5 million Greater accuracy of data collected Hollerith – unemployed after the census

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Konrad Zuse - First Calculator 1938

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The War Years 1939-1945 Two Primary Uses Artillery Tables Hand calculation replaced by machine calculation Department of the Navy Cryptologist : Cryptography The art or process of writing in or deciphering secret writing Bletchley House The Enigma Codes – U23

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The British Effort

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History of Computers Alan Turing was a British mathematician who also made significant contributions to the early development of computing, especially to the theory of computation. He developed an abstract theoretical model of a computer called a Turing machine which is used to capture the notion of computable i.e. what problems can and what problems cannot be computed. Not all problems can be solved on a computer. Note: A Turing machine is an abstract model and not a physical computer

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Alan Turing misunderstood genius 1936 Published a paper “On Computable Numbers” Turing’s machine - hypothetical computer that could perform any computation or logical operation a human could devise.

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Turings Heritage Code breaking was Touring’s strength. Colossus a computer to break the German enigma code - 100 Billion alternatives. Ran at rate of 25,000 characters per second

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The United States Effort

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The II World War Years 1939 - 1945 Calculate artillery tables. Used to break codes like the Colossus. Used to model future events - Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. Cmdr. Grace Hooper

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Howard Aiken (1900 – 73) Aiken, a Harvard professor, with the backing of IBM built the Harvard Mark I computer (51ft long) in 1944. It was based on relays (operate in milliseconds) as opposed to the use of gears. It required 3 seconds for a multiplication. Aiken’s Mark 1. (1944) based on Babbage’s original design - built at IBM labs, electro-mechanical, weighed 5 tons. Admiral Grace Hopper worked as programmer on this computer, and coined the term 'bug' for a computer fault.

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HARVARD MARK - 1, 1944

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The Mark I - a dinosaur 51 feet long 3,304 electro mechanical switches Add or subtract 23 digit numbers in 3/10 of a second. Instructions (software) loaded by paper tape. The infamous “Bug”

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ENIAC - The Next Jump Forward - 1946 1st electronic digital computer Operated with vacuum tubes rather electro-mechanical switches 1000 times faster than Mark I No program storage - wired into circuitry. This was still based on the decimal numbering system. “programmed” by switches and cords

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ENIAC

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The Advent of the Semiconductor - 1947 Developed at Bell Labs by Shockley & Bardeen – Nobel Prize Point Contact Transistor replaced power hungry, hot and short lived vacuum tubes

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History of Computers Von Neumann was a scientific genius and was a consultant on the ENIAC project. He formulated plans with Mauchly and Eckert for a new computer (EDVAC) which was to store programs as well as data. This is called the stored program concept and Von Neumann is credited with it. Almost all modern computers are based on this idea and are referred to as Von Neumann machines. He also concluded that the binary system was more suitable for computers since switches have only two values. He went on to design his own computer at Princeton which was a general purpose machine.

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First Generation Computers (1951-58) These machines were used in business for accounting and payroll applications. Valves were unreliable components generating a lot of heat (still a problem in computers). They had very limited memory capacity. Magnetic drums were developed to store information and tapes were also developed for secondary storage. They were initially programmed in machine language (binary). A major breakthrough was the development of assemblers and assembly language.

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EDVAC - Electronic Discreet Variable Automatic Computer 1951 Data stored internally on a magnetic drum Random access magnetic storage device First stored program computer

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The 50’s the Era of Advances

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Second Generation (1959-64) The development of the transistor revolutionised the development of computers. Invented at Bell Labs in 1948, transistors were much smaller, more rugged, cheaper to make and far more reliable than valves. Core memory (non-volatile) was introduced and disk storage was also used. The hardware became smaller and more reliable, a trend that still continues. Another major feature of the second generation was the use of high-level programming languages such as Fortran and Cobol. These revolutionised the development of software for computers. The computer industry experienced explosive growth.

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Technical Advances in the 60’s John Mccarthy coins the term “Artificial Intelligence” 1960 - Removable Disks appear 1964 - BASIC - Beginners-all purpose Symbolic Instruction Language Texas Instruments offers the first solid- state hand- held calculator 1967 - 1st issue of Computerworld published

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Third Generation (1965-71) IC’s (Integrated Circuits) were again smaller, cheaper, faster and more reliable than transistors. Speeds went from the microsecond to the nanosecond (billionth) to the picosecond (trillionth) range. ICs were used for main memory despite the disadvantage of being volatile. Minicomputers were developed at this time. Terminals replaced punched cards for data entry and disk packs became popular for secondary storage. IBM introduced the idea of a compatible family of computers, 360 family, easing the problem of upgrading to a more powerful machine

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Third Generation (1965-71) Substantial operating systems were developed to manage and share the computing resources and time sharing operating systems were developed. These greatly improved the efficiency of computers. Computers had by now pervaded most areas of business and administration. The number of transistors that be fabricated on a chip is referred to as the scale of integration (SI). Early chips had SSI (small SI) of tens to a few hundreds. Later chips were MSI (Medium SI): hundreds to a few thousands,. Then came LSI chips (Large SI) in the thousands range.

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Moore’s Law In 1965 Gordon Moore graphed data about growth in memory chip performance. Realized each new chip roughly twice capacity of predecessor, and released within ~2 yrs of it => computing power would rise exponentially over relatively brief periods of time. Still fairly accurate. In 30 years, no of transistors on a chip has increased ~20,000 times, from 2,300 on the 4004 in 1971 to 42 million on the Pentium® IV.

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The 1970’s - The Microprocessor Revolution A single chip containing all the elements of a computer’s central processing unit. Small, integrated, relatively cheap to manufacture.

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The Super Computers- 1972 The Cray Parallel processing power Speed 100 million arithmetical functions per second Sensitive to heat - cooled with liquid nitrogen Very expensive

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Fourth Generation VLSI allowed the equivalent of tens of thousand of transistors to be incorporated on a single chip. This led to the development of the microprocessor a processor on a chip. Intel produced the 4004 which was followed by the 8008,8080, 8088 and 8086 etc. Other companies developing microprocessors included Motorolla (6800, 68000), Texas Instruments and Zilog.

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Fourth Generation Personal computers were developed and IBM launched the IBM PC based on the 8088 and 8086 microprocessors. Mainframe computers have grown in power. Memory chips are in the megabit range. VLSI chips had enough transistors to build 20 ENIACs. Secondary storage has also evolved at fantastic rates with storage devices holding gigabytes (1000Mb = 1 Gb) of data.

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Fourth Generation On the software side, more powerful operating systems are available such as Unix. Applications software has become cheaper and easier to use. Software development techniques have vastly improved. Fourth generation languages 4GLs make the development process much easier and faster.

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Fourth Generation Languages are also classified according to generations from machine language (1GL), assembly language (2GL), high level languages (3GL) to 4GLs. Software is often developed as application packages. VisiCalc a spreadsheet program, was the pioneering application package and the original killer application. Killer application: A piece of software that is so useful that people will buy a computer to use that application.

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The ALTAIR from a Voyage to Altair - Star Trek -1975

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The Birth of the Micro Computer1975 Jobs and Wozniac develop the Apple II Commodore PET, programs stored on a cassette Tandy-Radio Shack TRS-80 5 1/2 inch floppy disk becomes the standard for software

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Finally, The Computer as Man of the Year - 1982

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Revenge of the nerds Bill Gates Microsoft, 1978 Steve JobsSteve Wozniak Alan Turing

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