History: Control Data Corporation 6600

For those people kind enough to listen to my presentation at the Science Museum on the CDC 6600 for Cambridge Wireless Wireless Heritage SIG ‘The Old Greys to Flash Mob Kensington’ event here are a handful of links with more information

6600 book design

And finally here is the famous letter were IBM react badly to the release of the 6600:

CDC letterQuote T.J. Watson of IBM: “Last week CDC had a press conference during which they officially announced their 6600 system. I understand that in the laboratory developing this system there are only 34 people, “including the janitor.” Of these, 14 are engineers and 4 are programmers, and only one has a Ph. D., a relatively junior programmer. To the outsider, the laboratory appeared to be cost conscious, hard working and highly motivated.

Contrasting this modest effort with our own vast development activities, I fail to understand why we have lost our industry leadership position by letting someone else offer the world’s most powerful computer. At Jenny Lake, I think top priority should be given to a discussion as to what we are doing wrong and how we should go about changing it immediately.”

History: Control Data Corporation 6600

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