Stretch-ing Is Great Exercise—It Gets You in Shape to Win

  title={Stretch-ing Is Great Exercise—It Gets You in Shape to Win},
  author={Frederick P. Brooks},
  journal={IEEE Annals of the History of Computing},
  pages={4 - 9}
  • F. Brooks
  • Published 9 September 2010
  • Computer Science
  • IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
IBM's Project Stretch (1955-1961) lost the company some $35 million big 1960 dollars. Yet the project, a bold adventure into transistorized computers, drove into existence new technologies in circuits, packaging, memory, and I/O upon which IBM built its successful second-generation computer product lines. The architectural, instruction-pipelining, arithmetic, and software innovations were crucial for IBM's third-generation System/360 product family and even for its later RISC innovation. 
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