hypnosec writes: First ever practical implementation of the stored program concept took place exactly before 65 years today as the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine aka ‘Baby’ became the world’s first computer to run an electronically stored program on June 21, 1948. The ‘Baby’ was developed by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill at the Manchester University. ‘Baby’ served as a testbed for the experimental Williams-Kilburn tube – a cathode ray tube that was used to store binary digits aka bits. The reason this became a milestone in computing history was that up until ‘Baby’ ran the first electronically stored program, there was no means of storing and accessing this stored information in a cost-effective and flexible way.
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