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MANIAC-I, Vacuum Tube Computer, 1952

MANIAC-I, Vacuum Tube Computer, 1952

C044/8531

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39.9 MB (3.0 MB compressed)

4200 x 3319 pixels

35.6 x 28.2 cm ⏐ 14.0 x 11.1 in (300dpi)

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The MANIAC (Mathematical Analyzer, Numerical Integrator, and Computer or Mathematical Analyzer, Numerator, Integrator, and Computer) was an early computer built under the direction of Nicholas Metropolis at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. It was based on the von Neumann architecture of the IAS, developed by John von Neumann. As with all computers of its era, it was a one-of-a-kind machine that could not exchange programs with other computers (even other IAS machines). Metropolis chose the name MANIAC in the hope of stopping the rash of silly acronyms for machine names, although von Neumann may have suggested the name to him. The first task assigned to the Los Alamos Maniac was to perform more exact and extensive calculations of the thermonuclear process. The MANIAC ran successfully in March 1952 and was shut down on July 15, 1958.

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