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The first recognisably modern computer is to be rebuilt at the UK's former code-cracking centre Bletchley Park.

The Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (Edsac) was a room-sized behemoth built at Cambridge university that first ran in 1949.

Creation of the replica has been commissioned by the UK's Computer Conservation Society (CCS).

The three-year re-build will be carried out before visitors to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley.
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.

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I am constantly surprised by how recent computers are; some of the people who worked on arguably the first modern computer are still alive:
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The early work of the re-build will involve scouring archives and talking to the remaining Edsac engineers to get a better idea of how the machine worked.
 

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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
I laughed
 

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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
I am sure you are going to catch a lot of people off guard with that one.

Pretty funny.
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.

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I am constantly surprised by how recent computers are; some of the people who worked on arguably the first modern computer are still alive:
I have a teacher at uni who used to work on computers when they were still as big as an entire room. She's not a sack of bones, so yeah, they are quite recent
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A calculator from the dollar store?

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Oh Man. I thought they were going to re-do the Acorn Atom. I loved that computer.

But really how much more power would this have than say a normal scientific calculator? I know my phone could run circles around it
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Sent from my phone using my fingers.
 

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It really is amazing to see how fast we've evolved technilogically in the last century as opposed to the rest of recorded history. Just think, there are some people still alive who saw cars become mainstream, televisions, men sent to the moon, computers, the internet....

Pretty amazing.
 

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It really is amazing to see how fast we've evolved technilogically in the last century as opposed to the rest of recorded history. Just think, there are some people still alive who saw cars become mainstream, televisions, men sent to the moon, computers, the internet....

Pretty amazing.
Yea we came along way and pretty fast. And my grandpa is one of those people. I wonder what he thinks.
 

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Nice post... I was reading this earlier.

Incidentally: The first computer I owned had a MASSIVE 1K RAM!
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Yet, you could still play graphical games on it lol.
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I quickly upgraded to 16K RAM and was blown away by some of the games I could play.
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Lol... a few years later I got a computer capable of COLOUR!
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I think it will be interesting to rebuild this comp... if only for the sake of history and curiosity.
 

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But really how much more power would this have than say a normal scientific calculator?
You've got it backwards... it would be much less powerful than a scientific calculator.
 

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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
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You wouldn't be able to see the modern one if it were built using the best tech available now.
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You've got it backwards... it would be much less powerful than a scientific calculator.
Yep.

A TI-89 is at least two orders of magnitude faster than EDSAC and has 20 times the RAM.
 

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You wouldn't be able to see the modern one if it were built using the best tech available now.
Yeah that's what I was thinking. It'd be fun to compare.
 

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Specs lol

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Unveiled on 14 February 1946, Eniac had more than 17,000 valves, tipped the scales at 25 tonnes and consumed 150 kilowatts of power.

Tech specs: 3000 valves, 4096 bit memory, 18 instructions
First operation: 6 May 1949
Creators: Maurice Wilkes, Bill Renwick, Tom Gold, David Wheeler, Eric Mutch
 

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They should make the same computer using modern electronics next to it, to compare the size of the two
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sounds like it could be a tablet.....
 

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sounds like it could be a tablet.....
No. You can effectively produce the same amount of power in nanocircuitry that you could that ancient machine. A Tablet is still far too large for comparison purposes.
 
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