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Memories that Shaped an Industry: Decisions Leading to IBM System/360

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Development of ferrite core memory technology during the 1950s was probably the most important innovation that made stored-program computers a commercial reality. IBM's leadership in this development made possible the introduction in 1964 of the IBM System/360, which was so widely copied that it became a standard for electronic stored-program computers that have become so ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 13th 2000 by MIT Press (first published April 12th 1984)
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
History of computing books by Emerson Pugh, either alone or with others are always excellent. Well researched, factual, but ... they tell stories of the history, from the viewpoints of many participants.

This book is unusual, in that it focuses on a technology area, memory, which was/is so fundamental to computing that most people in the field have trouble seeing it.

Excellent read, I get more out of it each time I read it.
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Emerson W. Pugh (born 1 May 1929) is an American research engineer and scientist, whose career at US corporation IBM spanned several decades and resulted in significant technological advances. He was a leader in magnetic and computer memory technologies and author of several books, including college-level physics textbooks and the history of IBM. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and ...more

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