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Author Kotok, A. ♦ Hastings, T. N. ♦ Bell, C. G. ♦ Hill, R.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Architecture ♦ Computer structures ♦ Timesharing ♦ Operating system
Abstract The DECsystem 10, also known as the PDP-10, evolved from the PDP-6 (circa 1963) over five generations of implementations to presently include systems covering a price range of five to one. The origin and evolution of the hardware, operating system, and languages are described in terms of technological change, user requirements, and user developments. The PDP-10's contributions to computing technology include: accelerating the transition from batch oriented to time sharing computing systems; transferring hardware technology within DEC (and elsewhere) to minicomputer design and manufacturing; supporting minicomputer hardware and software development; and serving as a model for single user and timeshared interactive minicomputer/microcomputer systems.
Description Affiliation: Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, MA and Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (Bell, C. G.) || Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, MA (Kotok, A.; Hastings, T. N.; Hill, R.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 21
Issue Number 1
Page Count 20
Starting Page 44
Ending Page 63


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Source: ACM Digital Library