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Computer History at Lawrence Livermore Nat's Labs 1950-1983 - UNIVAC LARC, IBM, CDC, CRAY

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This 1983 film created by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (“LLNL”), gives a fascinating and concise history of its computer developments both as a purchaser of early computers and a co-designer of many early technologies, from the early 1950’s up to 1983 (where the film ends). The Lab continues to be a leader in science in technology today. This film has been slightly restored and enhanced to improve view ability. Narrator, Dr. John Fletcher, provides a fascinating chronological walk through historical implementations of computing technology, especially with regard to Livermore’s role in computer design, and the establishment of its “Octopus” computer network. Highly recommended viewing for anyone interested in computer history.

Computers mentioned include: UNIVAC 1, Univac LARC, IBM 7030, IBM 7090 & 7094, CDC 1604, CDC 3600, CDC 6600, Cray XMP and many others.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (“LLNL”) a pioneering research and development institution for science and technology with a focus on national security and energy. LLNL is a federally funded research institute.
The following resources are recommended:

TIMELINE: 60 years of computing at LLNL

Stories of the Development of Large Scale Scientific Computing At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (George A. Michael & others)


Computer History Museum, Mountainview, CA

Livermore National Laboratory

Home Site for “Computer History Archives Project (CHAP) videos”


(Dedicated to Dr. John G. Fletcher, (narrator) 1934-2012. Dr. Fletcher started at Lawrence Livermore in 1962 and continued with a highly successful career there for 31 years.)


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