Air delay lines for EDSAC

Mary Bennett

Back in the original EDSAC computer, information was stored in a series of over 30 mercury delay lines all stored in a coffin-like box. These tubes would use the acoustic properties of mercury to reduce reflections. However, to prevent everyone[…]

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EDSAC Peripherals Update

Peter Bennett

Here at Embecosm HQ we’ve been busy finalising the design for all of our peripherals for the FPGA implementation, and re-imagining of the original EDSAC ready for Chip Hack. In this blog post, we’ll take you through what we’ve been[…]

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Security-enhancing compilers (video)

Security-enhancing compilers (video)

Graham Markall

SECURE — Security Enhancing Compilation for use in Real Environments — is a 1-year project that is funded by Innovate UK to develop robust, production-ready implementations of security-enhancing compiler techniques. These implementations are being developed in open-source compilers, GCC and LLVM, to enable widespread access the tools for developing secure software.

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ISC 2017

Craig Blackmore

I recently attended ISC 2017 in Frankfurt. Here are my personal highlights from the main conference, as well as the tutorial and workshop days. Main Conference Top500 and Green500 Rankings In the Top500 there was little change to the top[…]

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Building a punched tape reader for Chip Hack

Peter Bennett

Back when the concept of an ‘electronic brain’ was new, the methods for storing information necessary for the running of the computer were primitive. Many early computers used punched paper tape, and EDSAC was no different. EDSAC used five hole[…]

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My Summer Project: Timing the Pendulum

Mitchell

I’m Mitchell and I spent two weeks on work experience with Embecosm. Before I came I had limited experience with electronics and next to no experience with programming, however, over the two weeks I’ve spent here my knowledge has vastly[…]

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Big Day In

Judith Jones

Saturday’s Big Day In is an event I have been looking forward to for months. Big Day In is produced by Michelle Rebello of local autism support group, Aspergers Adventures – Minecraft and Meltdowns, as a free autism-friendly Saturday afternoon[…]

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