stored-program computer


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stored-program computer

[′stȯrd ¦prō‚gram kəm′pyüd·ər]
(computer science)
A digital computer which executes instructions that are stored in main memory as patterns of data.
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In 1949, the first stored-program computer was built by engineer Maurice Wilkes, but it was 1960, after ICs came about, that Digital Equipment Corp.
Otherwise, data processing is still operating in the pre-computer age defined by this old keyboard (and by "computer" I mean the modern, stored-program computer originally conceived by John von Neumann).
Like several other recent studies of data processing history, Pugh emphasizes the continuity between IBM's pre-war experience with the punched-card accounting machines bequeathed to it by Hollerith and its post-war activities with the electronic stored-program computer.
The strength of this book is in its tracing the continuous chain of events from Leibniz's early attempt at a calculus of propositions all the way through to the stored-program computers of our own time.
During the four decades since the development of the first stored-program computers, there has been much evolution in processor architecture, in past as a response to the increasing complexity of the requirements.
Basically, the author is concerned with the development of the high-speed ferrite core memories that made stored-program computers a reality.