Maurice Wilkes: EDSAC

Maurice Wilkes talks about how he intended the 1949 EDSAC computer to help users do calculations faster.

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When I started building the EDSAC, I had no doubt about who were going to be our users; they were people like myself. I mean, I used to be doing things that would take perhaps a week, solving a set of ten by ten linear equations took about a week with a desk machine. Well that could be done rapidly with a digital computer. And those were the people that we made the EDSAC available to, research students in the lab and others, anybody who could make a good case could use it.
  • Interviewee Maurice Wilkes
  • Duration 00:00:39
  • Copyright British Library Board
  • Interviewer Thomas Lean
  • Date of interview 6/2/2010
  • Shelfmark C1379/21

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