History of Computing in East Asia

April–June 2016

IEEE Annals magazine cover

All four articles in this special issue cover stories of real-world implementations or applications of computing technology in East Asia. Each article adopts a unique approach and historiographical strategy, which demonstrates the diversity of this scholarly community. 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 IBM ACS Project

The IBM ACS Project

The Advanced Computer Systems (ACS) project was one of two major IBM supercomputer efforts in the late 1960s, which pioneered high-speed integrated circuitry and other innovations. Read full article »

Peering through the Curtain: Soviet Computing through the Eyes of Western Experts

Peering through the Curtain: Soviet Computing through the Eyes of Western Experts

The interaction between Western computer specialists and their Soviet counterparts during the Cold War helped to shape US perceptions of Soviet computing’s threat to the West. Read full article »


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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