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Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) was an early British computer.

Inspired by John von Neumann‘s seminal First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, the machine was constructed byMaurice Wilkes and his team at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in England. EDSAC was the second electronic digital stored-program computer to go into regular service.

EDSAC 1 was finally shut down on 11 July 1958, having been superseded by EDSAC 2, which remained in use until 1965.

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The work flow of writing an EDSAC computer programme, generating the programme paper tape, and the execution of the program are presented with narration. If ever there was a compelling case for the creation of assemblers, compilers, and automated batch processing systems, this video is it.

 

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