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12 Hole Paper Tape - CSIRAC Computer, Port Moresby SR&SS Heading, T879, 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 13509 390

Summary:
Paper tape, part of a collection of paper tape programs and sub-routines used for input to CSIRAC.

The collection includes the original University of Melbourne Computation Laboratory Paper Tape Library of 12 hole tapes of subroutines and programs, and program and data tapes from staff and outside users.
Most of the paper tapes were 12-track punched paper tapes. 5 hole paper tapes were used primarily for data input and output rather than program input. However, 5 hole program tapes could be produced by using Interprogram, an English language programming system rather than using machine language.

Each tape has a 'T' number. The Computation Laboratory Paper Tape Library consisted of tapes with a tape number less than 700. There were not 700 tapes but the number 700 was arbitrarily chosen to separate the Computation Laboratory Library tapes from user tapes.

Details of this tape:
Solar Tables 10/7/63
Further information may be found in the headers of either the .CVT or .TSP files.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from University of Melbourne (The) Computer Science & Software Engineering Department
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computing, csirac computer, first generation computers, mainframe computers, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: John Spencer & CSIRAC - A Brief Biography, The CSIRAC Program Library, Classification of CSIRAC Programs & Routines, CSIRAC Paper Tape Library Collection, Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Creator: Mr. John Spencer, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 1963

John Spencer was creator and sole user for all tapes in the range T800 to T893 (except tapes T807 and T849 to 854 inclusive).

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