Recovery of Software from the 1950 Whirlwind Computer Project

Guy Fedorkow

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This talk reviews work done jointly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Computer History Museum to recover software developed in the 1950s on the Whirlwind computer, noted as the first machine intentionally designed for graphical input and output, plus the first known use in a real-time application. This work covers conversion of the archived media, plus an environment for debugging and simulation, as well as a few examples of code recovered. The presentation is a companion to Rainer Glaschick's work on reconstructing the Whirlwind "Light Gun", the graphical input device developed by the Whirlwind team.