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Author Redmond, Kent C., 1914-2005.

Title From whirlwind to MITRE : the R&D story of the SAGE air defense computer / Kent C. Redmond and Thomas M. Smith.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2000.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  355.45 R248f    ---  Available
Description vii, 535 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series History of computing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-531) and index.
Contents "It worked!" -- The beginning of the beginning -- ADSEC -- Valley's discovery -- Managerial misgivings vs. technical accomplishments -- The problem of "internal storage" -- Project whirlwind's perspectives on computer R&D and air traffic control -- Do it right, cut off, or temporize? -- The Bedford tests -- Project Charles -- Lincoln laboratory -- Organizing the tasks that faced Division 6 -- Planning the air defense computer -- Memory test computer -- IBM and the air defense challenge -- Collaborating on the XD-1 -- Bringing IBM up to speed -- Tight schedules, slippage, and project grind -- Adjustments and triumphs -- Slippage, the XD-1, and the XD-2 -- Technical memorandum 20 : the pattern for the future system -- The Air Force decides -- National policy decisions -- Implementing TM20 : "Who's in charge?" -- The 1953 Cape Cod system -- Further R&D planning and the 1954 Cape Cod system -- Problems with manpower, computer programs,and intercept testing -- Design progress and administrative reorganizing -- Checking out the ESS -- The problem : weapons integration and systems engineering -- The solution : MITRE.
Subject SAGE (Air defense system) -- History.
Military research -- United States -- History.
Added Author Smith, Thomas M. (Thomas Malcolm), 1921-2005.
ISBN 0262182017 (hc. : alk. paper)

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