Docket Number: 2010-11Proposal Link: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestone-Proposal:Whirlwind_Computer
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Whirlwind Computer 1944 to 1959 The Whirlwind Computer was developed in this building by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was the first high-speed digital computer operating in real time using random-access magnetic-core memory. Whirlwind featured outputs displayed on a CRT and a light pen to write data on the screen. Whirlwind’s success led to the United States Air Force’s Semi Automatic Ground Environment - SAGE - system and to many business computers and minicomputers in the 1960s.<h2>In the space below the line, please describe the historic significance of this work: its importance to the evolution of electrical and computer engineering and science and its importance to regional/national/international development.