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World’s Fastest Computer 50 years Ago : Ferranti Atlas

A short film produced by Google to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Britain’s first supercomputer, the Ferranti Atlas. When first switched on in December 1962, Atlas was the world’s most powerful computer. Some of the software concepts it pioneered, like ‘virtual memory’, are among the most important breakthroughs in computer design and still used today. In this video you can see archive footage of the Atlas running as well as interviews with some of the engineers and researchers who used it.

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