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Manual - CSIRAC Computer, Programming, University of Melbourne,1959 Document Reg. No: ST 044298

Programming Manual for the Automatic Electronic Computer, CSIRAC, August 1959.

The manual was produced to guide expert users of CSIRAC in programming the machine.

The manual was produced by the staff of the Computation Laboratory of the University of Melbourne and based on material by Trevor Pearcey and Maston Beard

The manual provides a detailed description of how to prgram CSIRAC. The Introduction includes some explanation of what is meant by programming:
"To 'programme the calculation' means to draw up a list of commands, each of which calls on an operation that the machine can perform and which together will do what is required. For this purpose the programmer will need to know which commands the machine can perform and how to organize these operations into a complete programme. It is sometime helpful, but not necessary, to understand the physical details of machine prganization ...
In many programmes, most of the commands are copied from previously tested programmes, which have been organized into a 'library' of routines."
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), 1965
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 326 mm (Height), 202 mm (Width), 3 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computers, computing, csirac computer, making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: CSIRAC - a woman programmer's view, Introduction to the CSIRAC Programming Manual, Jun 1958, Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection, Trevor Pearcey, Computer Engineer & CSIRAC Specialist (1919-1998), Trevor Pearcey, 1919 - 1998: a brief biography, Trevor Pearcey & the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?, Trevor Pearcey & the First Australian Computer: A Lost Opportunity?
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: manuals
Inscriptions: FRONT COVER READS - "UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE / COMPUTATION LABORATORY / PROGRAMMING MANUAL / for the Automatic Electronic Computer / CSIRAC / This production by the staff of the Computation Laboratory is based / upon papers by T. Pearcey and G.W. Hill / August, 1959.
Maker: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Aug 1959
Author: Dr Trevor Pearcey

Trevor Pearcey was involved with Maston Beard in the design, construction and operation of the CSIR Mk1 computer (later renamed CSIRAC) at the CSIR Division of Radiophysics, Sydney, up until 1955, when the computer was moved to Melbourne.
Author: Sir George Hill
User: University of Melbourne (The)

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