Accession Number : AD0499798

Title :   Whirlwind I Computer Block Diagrams. Volume I.

Descriptive Note : Summary rept. no. 2,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE SERVOMECHANISMS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Everett, R. R. ; Swain, F. E.

Report Date : 04 SEP 1947

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : The Whirlwind Computers will be of the high-speed electronic type in which numbers will be handled as video signals and computation will be carried out in digital form. Digit transmission will be of the parallel type. The basic principle of the machines is to carry out one arithmetic operation at a time and to depend upon high operating speed rather than simultaneous computing operations to shorten the solution time of problems. The performance of a single arithmetic operation at a time will greatly simplify the setup of problems, and it is considered more feasible to obtain high operating speed than to complicate the equipment with simultaneous operations.

Descriptors :   (*DIGITAL COMPUTERS, WIRING DIAGRAMS), COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, VIDEO SIGNALS, MEMORY DEVICES, CONTROL SYSTEMS, DELAY LINES, MERCURY, STORAGE TUBES, SHIFT REGISTERS, GATES(CIRCUITS), SUBROUTINES, COMPUTER LOGIC, COMPUTER PROGRAMS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE