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Issue No.01 - January-March (1993 vol.15)
pp: 11-21
ABSTRACT
<p>We describe the computer defined in von Neumann's unpublished paper "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC," Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, June 30, 1945. We discuss motivation for the architecture and design, and contrast the machine with the EDVAC that was actually constructed.</p>
CITATION
M.D. Godfrey, D.F. Hendry, "The Computer as von Neumann Planned It", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.15, no. 1, pp. 11-21, January-March 1993, doi:10.1109/85.194088
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