Ferranti Mercury at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

  • T. William Olle
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 174)


This paper presents the author’s experience in using what was probably the first commercially available stored program electronic digital computer used in the Nordic countries, namely the Ferranti Mercury installed at NDRE in August 1957. It describes the computer hardware and what came much later to be called the system software.

Key words

Ferranti Mercury Norwegian Defence Research Establishment machine language programming Jan Garwick SHAPE Air Defence Technical Centre 


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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. William Olle
    • 1
  1. 1.T. William Olle AssociatesWalton on Thames, SurreyEngland

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