"The encryption war of WWII: the Enigma encryption machine"
A Java simulation of the encryption machine used in World War II by the Nazi military.
"History of Memory and Storage Systems"
Research and trace history of the memory and storage subsystems. Note correct and failed paths.
"A Brief History of Apple (2000-Present)"
The history of Apple after the return of Steve Jobs.
"Past programming languages and their influences on today's languages and programming paradigms"
There are many different computer architectures. But the most prevalent architecture is Von Neumann architecture.
"Internet and Social's Influence on Programming Evolution"
How the internet and the influence of social media and social websites have influenced the growth, changes, and paradigm shifts in Programming.
"The History of Natural Language Processing"
It is a very interesting topic to me and I have plans to go to the SRI with in the next two weeks or so and I will be posting more information as I go!
"Evolution of Social Networking"
The history of social networking, and what the next generation's of social networks might be.
"PDP-1 GUI Emulator"
A GUI-based simulator of the PDP-1 and program development environment that will run on a laptop.
"History of Lossless Data Compression Algorithms"
The evolution of Lempel-Ziv compression algorithms, as well as other alternative formats such as DEFLATE and DEFLATE64. Depending on the scope of my research I may also include such information as how these algorithms were implemented on early computers.
"Why Instruction Sets No Longer Matter"
How we arrived where we are: a place where instruction sets no longer matter.
"Biology and Computers: A lesson in what is possible"
How computation has changed the face of biology and created a new field in Bioinformatics. A history of Bioinformatics, beginning with algorithms like the Needleman-Wunsch, and ending with the tools available today and the current state of the Human Genome Project.
Prof. Edward Feigenbaum of Stanford University, one of the leading pioneers of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), will speak to the class in MacQuarrie Hall 225 on Monday, Sepetember 12, 6:00-7:15 PM on The History of AI. This meeting will not be open to the public.
|Aug 24||MH 225||Slides: Introduction; field trip; project ideas; punched card data processing|
|Aug 29||MH 225||
Project ideas; IEEE accounts; Gordon Bell;
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
By Gordon Bell:
|Aug 31||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Gordon Bell,
The Birth and Death of the Minicomputer Industry from a Bell's Law and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Perspective
|Sept 7||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: James Gosling,
The Prehistory of Java
|Sept 12||MH 225||
Guest lecture: Edward Feigenbaum,
"The History of Artificial Intelligence (AI)"
Please browse before the lecture for a basic understanding of AI and its history:
|Sept 14||MH 225||
Projects; Don Knuth
Some papers and articles by or related to Don Knuth:
|Sept 19||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Donald Knuth,
All Questions about the History of Computer Science Answered
|Sept 21||MH 225||
Konrad Zuse and Plankalkuel; Enigma and Colossus;
Moore School lectures; von Neumann architecture;
brief history of computer architecture; UNIVAC;
IBM 650, 7090, 1401, 360; microprogramming;
minicomputers; microprocessors; CISC vs. RISC
"The First Draft Report on the EDVAC" , John von Neumann
|Sept 26||MH 225||Slides: Create topics for IEEE GHN; Computer History Museumm archives; Greek Antikythera mechanism; abacus; slide rule; Curta|
|Sept 28||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Randall Neff
Yes, the HP-35 Fits into Your Pocket
|Oct 3||MH 225||Slides: Oral presentations; history of computer video games|
|Oct 5||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Allan Alcorn
Video Games as a Driver of Computing Technology
|Oct 10||MH 225||Film: Triumph of the Nerds, Volume 1: "Impressing Their Friends"|
|Oct 12||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Stephen Kwan
Computer Science and Enterprise Computing from Punched Cards and FORTRAN to Information Systems and Mobile Apps
|Oct 17||MH 225||
IEEE GHN topics; oral presentations content and
Film: Triumph of the Nerds, Volume 2: "Riding the Bear"
|Oct 19||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Shomit Ghose
An Examination of the Brief but Successful Life of a Silicon Valley Start-up
|Oct 24||MH 225||Project status reports:|
|Oct 26||MH 225||Project status reports:|
|Oct 31||MH 225||Project status reports: Introduction to databases; DBMS; relational databases; normalization; SQL; XQuery|
|Nov 2||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Don Chamberlin
Fifty Years of Data:
How Advances in Database Management Have Helped to Shape Our World
|Nov 7||MH 225||
IBM CPC, 701, 7090
Film: Triumph of the Nerds, Volume 3: "Great Artists Steal"
|Nov 9||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Bob Patrick
Software is What the Hardware Designers Left Out:
Programming the Early Computers
|Nov 14||MH 225||Slides: Brief history of object-oriented programming; Smalltalk; graphical user interfaces through history|
|Nov 16||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Alan Kay
|Nov 21||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Ted Kahn
The Central Role of "Kids of All Ages" in the Design, Development, and Growth of Interactive Computing and Digital Media Over the Past 50 Years:
A Personal History of Using Computers for and in Education
|Nov 28||MH 225||Slides: The "Semi-Automatic Ground Environment" (SAGE) computer system; the IBM 7030 Stretch computer system|
|Nov 30||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Dan Greiner
Legacy of the IBM System/360 Architecture
|Dec 7||ENGR 189||
Guest lecture: Robert Garner
Tales of CISC and RISC from Xerox PARC and Sun
|Guest Lecturer||Possible Topics|
|Allan Alcorn||Co-founder of Atari, creator of Pong, developed the MPEG standard and Apple Quicktime; the early history of video games|
|Dennis Allison||The People's Computer Company and the early history of personal computing|
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
Computer Structures textbook
Co-inventor of SQL, System R, and XQuery
Evolution of information storage and database systems
|Edward Feigenbaum||History of artificial intelligence (AI)|
|Robert Garner||RISC architectures and Sun SPARC; Xerox Star|
|Shomit Ghose||Contributions of venture capital to Silicon Valley|
|James Gosling||Java programming language|
|Dan Greiner||Systems architecture from the IBM System/360 to the IBM System Z|
|Alan Kay||Object-oriented programming and Smalltalk, graphical user interfaces, Dynabook|
"All Questions about the History of Computer Science Answered"
The Art of Computer Programming
|Stephen Kwan||Information technology (IT), business data processing, service science|
|Ike Nassi||SAP (global enterprise software company)|
|Randall Neff||Early Hewlett-Packard calculators|
Mainframe systems software, systems analysis
Taxonomy of application systems
|David Pease||Instructor of the History of Computing class at U.C. Santa Cruz|
Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS), UNIVAC CP-642B
CMS-2Q programming language (U.S. Navy)
|Steve "Woz" Wozniak||Co-founder of Apple Computer|
|Project Advisor||Possible Topics|
|Michael Albaugh||IBM 1401, 1440, 1620, 1130; CDC 6600; UNIVAC SS 90; Atari|
|Dennis Allison||(see Guest Lecturer table above)|
|Gordon Bell||(see Guest Lecturer table above)|
Unified Modeling Language (UML)
Software engineering tools and methodologies
Evolution of hardware sytems and software applications
Evolution and standards of floating point, storage, I/O control systems, virtual machines, programming languages
|Ward Cunningham||Techniques for displaying old computer programs in the most comprehensible way on the Web|
|Rick Dill||Active for 50 years in computer technology and management from processes to chips to displays to computer applications|
|John Dobyns||Management, economics, methods, etc. of software product development|
|James Gosling||(see Guest Lecturer table above)|
|Randall Hansen||Techniques for displaying old computer programs in the most comprehensible way on the Web|
|Alan Kay||(see Guest Lecturer table above)|
|David Macklin||IBM CPC, 650 RAMAC and SOAP, 1401, APL, FORTRAN|
|Jud McCarthy||IBM PC & PC-XT|
|Robert Patrick||(see Guest Lecturer table above)|
History of Zilog
History of computing at Rice University
|John Pokoski||Comparisons of computer architectures; machine instructions for variable-length data|
|Ken Ross||Computer timesharing|
|Oscar Salmassy||Experiences from the IBM 2311 Direct Access Storage Facility for the IBM System/360 to microprocessor development for the IBM ATM attachment|
|Dick Sites||DEC Alpha, IBM Stretch, Burroughs B6700|
FORTRAN and scientific computing
IBM 1401 Autocoder
West Coast Computer Faire
Intelligent Machines Journal (IMJ)
Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia
Computer privacy and freedom
There will be an unofficial field trip to the museum on Saturday, August 27, starting at 10:30 AM with free passes for students enrolled in this classs. Besides a self-guided tour of the exhibits, you can see a live demo of the Babbage Difference Engine and experience a fully restored 50-years-old IBM 1401 computer system in operation. (Of course, you can always visit the museum on your own anytime it's normally open to view the exhibits or to conduct research.)
Besides the Computer History Museum, you will have access to other historical repositories, many of which are on the Web.
You will work in small project teams to research the history of computing. Based on the team members' interests and with the instructor's consent, each team will devise a project that investigates some historic hardware or software artifact or methodology, a legendary computing pioneer or company, or the evolving impact of computing on work and society. All projects will rely on original sources.
Example projects include
Each project team will present oral progress reports of its activities during the semester to the rest of the class. Final deliverables will be research results that can be submitted to the Computer History Museum or posted to websites devoted to computing history such as the IEEE Global History Network described above.
|CS 46B||Introduction to Data Structures||
grade C- or better,
or equivalent knowledge of computer software
|CS 47||Introduction to Computer Organization||
grade C- or better,
or equivalent knowledge of computer hardware
A History of Modern Computing, 2nd edition
Paul E. Ceruzzi
The MIT Press, 2003
Writing History: A Guide for Students, 3rd edition
William Kelleher Storey
Oxford University Press, 2008
I have degrees in the mathematical sciences and in computer science from Stanford University. I've written books on compiler writing, software engineering, and numerical computation. I find designing and developing software such as compilers and enterprise systems to be fun and challenging. So I'm the kind of geek nobody wants to talk to at parties. My one redeeming feature is that I have two cute cats.