"It was a 1,000-word mercury tank 2 memory with vacuum tubes," said Montague, regarding the tanks of mercury used for UNIVAC 1
"Programming on the Univac 1
: A Woman's Account." IEEE: Annals of the History of Computing 25.1 (2003): 48-59.
He noted that the data center's Univac 1
(UNIVersal Automatic Computer 1) used tape instead of punch cards, which was the standard of that time.
Ironically, this function mirrors the intended use of the initial purchase of the first commercially available digital computer, the UNIVAC 1
, by the US Census Bureau in 1951.
* Insurance carriers were among the first companies to adopt mainframe computers, buying the UNIVAC 1 in the early 1950s.
The technology used by insurance carriers, like the computing technology of much of corporate America, has come a long way since the early '50s when carriers brought their first UNIVAC 1 mainframes from a manufacturer then known as Remington Rand.
In 1962, Franklin Life bought a second UNIVAC 1 mainframe for $87,000.
Soon afterwards, America's first commercial computer, UNIVAC 1
, is delivered to the Census Bureau.
Compared to the massive UNIVAC 1
, the 650 could actually fit in one room.
Invention: Univac 1
, made by Remington Rand, is the first commercially available computer.
In 1951, UNIVAC 1
(Universal Automatic Computer) was developed, perhaps one of the best-known first-generation computers that was commercially successful on a limited basis (46 were delivered to institutions).