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First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC
October-December 1993 (vol. 15 no. 4)
pp. 27-75

Editor's note: Normally, first drafts are neither intended nor suitable for publication. This report is an exception. It is a first draft in the usual sense, but it contains a wealth of information, and it had a pervasive influence when it was first written. Most prominently, Alan Turing cites it, in his proposal for the Pilot ACE, as the definitive source for understanding the nature and design of the general-purpose digital computer.

1. A.M. Turing, "Proposals for Development in the Mathematics Division of an Automatic Computing Engine (ACE)," presented to the National Physical Laboratory, 1945. Reprinted as Com Sci 57, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK, 1972.
2. See also M.D. Godfrey and D.F. Hendry, "The Computer as von Neumann Planned It,"IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1993, pp. 11-21.

Citation:
John von Neumann, "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 27-75, Oct.-Dec. 1993, doi:10.1109/85.238389
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