Embodied Software

July–September 2015

IEEE Annals magazine cover

This issue features articles on software in the context of the history of intellectual property, the first in a two-part series on the challenge of writing contemporary history by James Cortada, an exploration of the transition from analog to digital methods in the modeling of electrical power distribution networks, an article on computing prime numbers on the ENIAC and EDSAC, and a firsthand account of the IBM Advanced Computer Systems (ACS) project of the mid-to-late 1960s by Brian Randell. More »

About IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history through scholarly articles by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand accounts by computing pioneers. Annals is the authoritative archival journal for the history of computing.

Articles from IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

The Internet Design Tension between Surveillance and Security

The Internet Design Tension between Surveillance and Security

Built-in wiretapping and crypto controls to allow for surveillance were real possibilities all the way back in 1986. The Internet engineering community has had to fight for privacy since the beginning. Read full article »

The Origin and Early History of the Computer Security Software Products Industry

The Origin and Early History of the Computer Security Software Products Industry

The first in a two-part series, Jeff Yost leads a tour through the history of cybersecurity, much of which is being recorded for posterity through his own research with the Charles Babbage Institute. Read full article »

Announcements

SIGCIS Mahoney Prize

SIGCIS is offering the Mahoney Prize for the best article on the history of computing. More information »

Special Features

Interview with Jonathan Koomey
In today's era of battery-powered mobile devices, computing is being driven as much by energy efficiency as by performance. Research by Stanford University associate professor Jonathan Koomey discovered that since the 1940s, computers' energy efficiency has doubled about every year and a half. The Inside Story interviewed Koomey to learn more about his research and his predictions for the future. Hear interview and read full article »

The History of the History of Software
In this article, Martin Campbell-Kelly describes how writing software history has evolved over the last 40 years. The article has stirred up strong feelings among writers and readers of computing history. Read full article »

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