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Mechanical Drawing - CSIRAC Computer, 'Magnetic Disc Assembly', SKE5360, 24 November 1953 Document Reg. No: HT 13519 12

Mechanical diagram (in hard copy) of the Magnetic Disk Assembly of the computer CSIRAC.

The first auxiliary memory for CSIRAC was a drum. Auxiliary memory was always referred to as a drum even though the later version was actually a disc.

The disk itself has a diameter of 296 mm with a thickness of 16 mm. The assembly is 330 mm high, 106 mm wide at its top and 167mm at its base.

Mechanical drawings show the physical construction of a component. They were used to define what was required in the manufacture of CSIRAC's hardware.

Technical details:
Mechanical Drawing. Subsystem: Drum. Drawn/checked by H. Paddie
Original Ink on Tracing Paper, Drawing Size B
Acquisition Information:
Donation from University of Melbourne (The) Computer Science & Software Engineering Department
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 69 mm (Height), 97 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Drawing Size: B

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Tagged with: computing, csirac computer, first generation computers, mainframe computers, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: CSIRAC Drawings & Diagrams - An Overview, Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection, Archival Paper Tape Reading Project for CSIRAC 12 Hole Paper Tapes
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: drawings
Commissioned By: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Radiophysics, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 24 Nov 1953
Date Created: 24 Nov 1953
Collector: CSIRAC History Team, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1995 or later

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