First draft of a report on the EDVAC

@article{Neumann1993FirstDO,
  title={First draft of a report on the EDVAC},
  author={J. Neumann},
  journal={IEEE Annals of the History of Computing},
  year={1993},
  volume={15},
  pages={27-75}
}
  • J. Neumann
  • Published 1993
  • Engineering, Computer Science
  • IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
  • The first draft of a report on the EDVAC written by John von Neumann is presented. This first draft contains a wealth of information, and it had a pervasive influence when it was first written. Most prominently, Alan Turing cites it in his proposal for the Pilot automatic computing engine (ACE) as the definitive source for understanding the nature and design of a general-purpose digital computer.<<ETX>> 
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    O ca into I ca (cf. (α) above)
      Orders controlling the operation of the input and the output of the device (i.e. I of 2.7 and O of 2.8) (This is (d) in 14.1.) As indicated in 14.1, the discussion of these orders is better delayed
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