ABC Computer

  • Gerard O’Regan


The Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) was invented by John Atanasoff and built with the assistance of his graduate student, Clifford Berry. It was a digital machine that was designed for a specific purpose (i.e., solving linear equations) rather than as a general-purpose computer, and the working prototype was one of the earliest electronic digital computers. It was tested and operational by 1942, and its historical significance is that it demonstrated the feasibility of electronic computing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard O’Regan
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  1. 1.SQC ConsultingMallowIreland

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