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Issue No. 03 - July-Sept. (2014 vol. 36)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 42-63
Thomas Haigh , University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
ABSTRACT
In April 1948 a team including John and Klara von Neumann and Nick Metropolis ran the first of a series of calculations on ENIAC. These were not only the first computerized Monte Carlo simulations, but also the first code written in the modern paradigm, usually associated with the "stored program concept," ever to be executed. This article--the third in a three-part series published in Annals--reconstructs the planning, design, code, and operation of these programs from extensive archival records.
INDEX TERMS
Computers, History, Monte Carlo methods, Neutrons, Weapons, Programming,Monte Carlo simulations, history of computing, ENIAC, John von Neumann, Klara von Neumann, Nick Metropolis, stored program concept, modern code paradigm, Los Alamos National Laboratory
CITATION
Thomas Haigh, Mark Priestley, Crispin Rope, "Los Alamos Bets on ENIAC: Nuclear Monte Carlo Simulations, 1947-1948", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 36, no. , pp. 42-63, July-Sept. 2014, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2014.40
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