Issue No. 04 - October-December (2005 vol. 27)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2005.58
In 1948 the Federal Institute of Technology in Z?rich, Switzerland, (ETH), established a new institute in its mathematics division, the Institute of Applied Mathematics. Its first director, Professor Eduard Stiefel, recognized from the beginning, that the newly emerging computers would be adamant to this new field of mathematics. The early use of the Zuse Z4 Computer at Stiefel's Institute is well known, however no detailed description about Stiefel's own construction, the ERMETH computer have been published so far. This article describes why Stiefel decided to build his own computer and what objectives he set for it. The article also gives insight into the construction of ERMET, how it was programmed, and what it was used for.
ERMETH, ETH, Switzerland, Stiefel
H. Neukom, "ERMETH: The First Swiss Computer," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 27, no. , pp. 5-22, 2005.