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The Digital Computer

Where Does It Go from Here?

Published 1954

by Willis H. Ware

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This paper, presented in 1954 to the Los Angeles Section of the Institute of Radio Engineers, examines the early field and trends of digital computing. It discusses the characteristics, applications, and difficulties encountered in digital computing systems; their future trends in application; and the expected advances in the technique and physical hardware and in the logical organization of these computers.

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