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The Harwell Dekatron Computer

Abstract : The Harwell Dekatron Computer is a very early digital computer designed and built by the British Atomic Energy Research Establishment in 1952. The computer used British Post Office relays for control and sequencing, and Dekatron counting tubes for storage. After several years’ service, it was passed to a college where it was used to teach computer programming, before being lost to various storage centres. In 2008 the machine was re-discovered and the decision was made to restore the computer to working order. This paper describes the machine and the choices and decisions made during the restoration process.
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Kevin Murrell. The Harwell Dekatron Computer. International Conference on History of Computing (HC), Jun 2013, London, United Kingdom. pp.309-313, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-41650-7_28⟩. ⟨hal-01455261⟩

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