A Little-Known Chapter in the History of Computing in Belgium: The Machine Mathématique IRSIA-FNRS

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Abstract

Based on original documents, this article deals with the first stored program computer designed and built in Belgium in the early 1950's, the Machine Mathématique IRSIA-FNRS (MMIF). After addressing the history of this prototype, it describes the Machine and highlights its specificities. Then, showing how the computing techniques that led to this machine were originally disseminated in Belgium, it underlines the Swiss (particularly Eidgenǒssische Technische Hochschule (ETH)) influence on this project.

Translated title of the contributionUn chapitre mal connu de l'histoire de l'informatique en Belgique: la Machine mathématique IRSIA-FNRS
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Subtitle of host publication11th IFIP TC9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC11 2014, Turku, Finland, July 30 -August 1, 2014Proceedings
Place of PublicationHeidelberg NY Dordrecht London
PublisherSpringer
Pages146-161
Number of pages16
Volume431
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-44208-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-662-44207-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event11th IFIP TC9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC 2014 - Turku, Finland
Duration: 30 Jul 20141 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume431
ISSN (Print)18684238

Conference

Conference11th IFIP TC9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC 2014
CountryFinland
CityTurku
Period30/07/141/08/14

Keywords

  • Belgium
  • dissemination of innovations
  • history of computing
  • stored program computer

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