Exploring the architecture of an early machine: The historical relevance of the ENIAC machine architecture

  • Marcus M
  • Akera A
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After presenting the historiographical background to the ENIAC
development, this paper examines the technical history of the machine.
The technical section looks at the architecture of the accumulators and
the master programmer unit in an attempt to illustrate both the
advantages and the shortcomings of the design. In particular a
description of a conditional branch mechanism and parallel operations
are provided-together with a discussion of reasons why they were not
used in any extensive way

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  • Mitchell Marcus

  • Atsushi Akera

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