ACE computer, 1958

ACE computer, 1958

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Credit: NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY (c) CROWN COPYRIGHT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: ACE computer. The ACE (Automated Computing Engine) computer was the first electronic computer. It was designed by Alan Turing in 1946. In 1952 it was taken into service by the mathematics department of the NPL (National Physical Laboratory), who produced a full-scale and improved version in 1958. This version of ACE was three times faster than the original 1952 pilot model and was capable of adding 30,000 14-figure numbers per second. Photographed at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK, in 1958.

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