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Issue No.02 - April-June (2006 vol.28)
pp: 18-25
Till Zoppke , Freie Universitat Berlin
Ra? Rojas , Freie Universitat Berlin
ABSTRACT
With an interactive simulation of the ENIAC, users can wire complex configurations of the machine's modules. The simulation, written in Java, can be started from an Internet site. The simulation has been tested with a 6-meter-long data wall, which provides the closest available approximation to the look and feel of programming this historical computer.
INDEX TERMS
ENIAC, Simulation of Historical Computers, Social Aspects of Computing
CITATION
Till Zoppke, Ra? Rojas, "The Virtual Life of ENIAC: Simulating the Operation of the First Electronic Computer", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.28, no. 2, pp. 18-25, April-June 2006, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2006.40
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