A home workshop in Cambridge is today playing a vital role in the reconstruction of a Cambridge University machine that 65 years ago led the world’s computing revolution. It’s one of several home workshops across England that are being transported back in time as they play their part in the reconstruction of EDSAC.
The EDSAC reconstruction is on track and now the educational potential beckons. The Project Trustees meet to review progress and plan to exploit the huge educational value of the reconstruction of the 1949 computer.
The full video of the opening of the EDSAC Gallery at TNMOC. Hermann Hauser performs the official opening as key parts of the reconstruction are commissioned and the sights and sounds of computing in the late 1940s are brought to life.
The challenges of commissioning the EDSAC reconstruction. It's cottage industry with engineering ingenuity. Martin Campbell-Kelly talks of the educational plans to involve youngsters learning to program.
Seventy of the EDSAC chassis are now in place -- that's 50% of the total. Later this month, the display will be officially opened by Hermann Hauser and the first parts of the machine will be commissioned.
For the first time since the end of WWII, Bill Tutte's Double Delta algorithm was successfully run on the Robinson. This was part of the ongoing reconstruction of Robinson, the predecessor of Colossus.
As part of the 70th anniversary of Block H, an embryo project to recreate a virtual 1940’s Block H was revealed to Colossus veterans. Funding is sought to take the project from prototype to virtual reality.