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Issue No.02 - Summer (1994 vol.16)
pp: 43-52
ABSTRACT
<p>This article gives an account of the design, construction, and programming of the Canadian DRTE computer, which possessed several unique features. It also describes some of the uses to which it was put.</p>
CITATION
Linda Petiot, "Dirty Gertie: The DRTE Computer", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.16, no. 2, pp. 43-52, Summer 1994, doi:10.1109/85.279230
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