A Real Time Club Event in Whitehall
The Origins of Our Digital Age: Reconstructing a 1950’s Computer
Seven decades of computing progress have brought us from room-sized computers to wearable computing. At The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park this transformation can be seen in operational computers from each decade and proves a highly educational and entertaining resource.
Dr Andrew Herbert will focus on one particular computer: the 1949 EDSAC and show how one of key artefacts of the museum has come into being; over the past five years the project has researched and undertaken construction of a working reconstruction of EDSAC, the world’s first practical electronic digital computer.
The original, which no longer exists, was built at Cambridge University by a team led by M.V. Wilkes. Using circuits and technologies taken from Wilkes’ wartime experience with radar, EDSAC represents a transition from analogue to digital design.
Andrew will talk about how his team reconstructed the circuits from surviving documents and photographs, the challenges in recreating 70-year old technology, the benefits of doing so with modern electronics, and the impact the reconstruction has on visitors and the Museum’s educational programme.
Dr Andrew Herbert OBE FREng, is a trustee of The National Museum of Computing and project manager of the EDSAC Replica Project. Now retired, he spent his working life engaged in computer systems engineering research in both academia and industry. His last position was as chairman of Microsoft’s research laboratories in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Real Time Club Dinners are held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage free and frank conversation.
Founded in 1967, the Real Time Club meets to network and discuss technology issues of the day at the National Liberal Club. Over the decades we have evolved a format of:
6:00 to 7:00 Networking at our open bar
7:00 to 8:15 A fine three-course dinner
8:15 to 9:00 Our Speaker will talk about “The origins of our digital age:
Reconstructing a 1950’s computer"
9:00 to 10:00 Questions from the floor.
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Real Time Club
Born as an IT dinner club 50 years ago this year, the Real Time Club is one of London’s foremost networking institutions. The Club’s networking events bring together people from diverse professional backgrounds with common interest in technology and society. The Club’s membership includes entrepreneurs and professionals form the tech industry, public sector, academia and finance.
Every year the Real Time Club runs a series of dinners with distinguished speakers on current issues of the information age. The Club’s dinners encourage robust and well-informed debate, while enabling interesting people to meet one another. There are around six dinners a year, most of which take place at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1.
Real Time Club dinners are open to non-members. Everyone is welcome to attend.