Physics Professor Ralph E. Meagher and colleagues developed ILLIAC I, the first digital computer entirely built and owned by an educational institution. ILLIAC I became operational on September 22, 1952. It used 2,800 vacuum tubes, and measured ten feet high, two feet wide, and eight and a half feet tall. It was used by Lajaren Hiller, director of the Experimental Music Studios, to compose and play the ILLIAC Suite, the first computer-composed composition. ILLIAC progressed through five generations, securing Illinois’ reputation as the leader in the field of largescale, high-performance computing. Each new ILLIAC incorporated innovations in architecture, memory, logic, and software that spread throughout the computer world. The ILLIAC series culminated in the mid 1960s with the ILLIAC IV supercomputer at the time the fastest and largest in the world.
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Sep 22, 1952
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