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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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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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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HackSoton 2017

Judith Jones

Sitting alongside Embecosm’s successful consultancy business is also a responsibility to give something back; in business parlance our corporate social responsibility, or CSR for short. Embecosm’s CSR takes the form of supporting both technical and local community events. So we[…]

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EuroLLVM 2017

Jeremy Bennett

I’ve spent the last two days at EuroLLVM in Saarbrücken. 260 engineers from 40 companies and including 70 students, talking compilers. There were over 40 talks, plus posters and a student competition in the program.  This post takes a look[…]

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FOSDEM 2017 Summary

Simon Cook

Last weekend was the seventeenth edition of one of the largest and most important events on the Open Source calendar, which of course is FOSDEM. As usual the event was bustling with people discussing the various open source projects they use and contribute to. Impressively, the website describes there now being 8000+ people attending each year, which means there’s always a good spectrum of talks.

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Report from SC16

Craig Blackmore

I recently attended SC16 in Salt Lake City and here are some of my personal highlights. Energy Efficient Supercomputing (E2SC) Workshop Power utilization and over-provisioning I was particularly looking forward to E2SC. The session began with a keynote from Barry[…]

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