Visit to The National Museum of Computing EDSAC Replica Project

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Join the CW Heritage SIG for a full day exploring the history of computing including a special talk on the EDSAC Replica Project from Andrew Herbert, chair of The National Museum of Computing (TNMoC).

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Join the CW Heritage SIG for a full day exploring the history of computing including a special talk on the EDSAC Replica Project from Andrew Herbert, chair of The National Museum of Computing (TNMoC).

13.06.2023-pic1TNMoC is home to the world's largest collection of working historic computers. Visitors can follow the development of computing from the Turing-Welchman Bombe and Colossus of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, to the rise of personal computing, mobile computing and the internet.
More information on the museum can be found at https://www.tnmoc.org

The EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) Replica Project aims to reconstruct one of the most important early British digital computers. Designed in 1947 by a team lead by Maurice Wilkes, the original EDSAC computer operated for almost 10 years, starting from its first successful program run on 6th May 1949, at the Cambridge University Mathematical Laboratory. It is generally accepted that the EDSAC was the first practical general purpose stored program electronic computer.

13.06.2023-pic2The Replica Project aims to build an authentic working reconstruction of the EDSAC computer (taking into account the availability of components and materials and modern safety standards!) - a difficult task given the lack of surviving documentation and original hardware. A major part of the project has been some serious detective work by the volunteer team (led by Andrew Herbert) to deduce the design of the computer from the limited material available, the memories of people who built and worked with the original, and photographic clues. Luckily, EDSAC was built out of standard building blocks (chassis modules) making their task (a little) easier.

Supplementary objectives of the project include acquiring sufficient spares to keep the machine running for the next 25 years, and training a new generation of volunteers, unfamiliar with 1940s valve technology, to run, demonstrate and maintain it for the foreseeable future.
For more information go to: https://www.tnmoc.org/edsac

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10:30

Registration and networking over tea & coffee

10:55

Welcome & Introduction from CW Wireless Heritage SIG Champion

11:00

Presentation on EDSAC Replica Project from Andrew Herbert, Chair of The National Museum of Computing (TNMoC).

12:30

Lunch and refreshments

14:00

Guided Tour or free flow around the Musuem

15:30

Afternoon refreshments with Q&A with Andrew Herbert

16:00

Free flow visit to the rest of the Museum

17:00

Event ends

SIG Champions

Stirling Essex - Director, Espansivo

Stirling Essex has over 25 years of product development, product management, strategic marketing and business development experience in many areas of wireless technology, and has been intimately involved in the development of test systems for GSM, CDMA (IS-95), 3G (W-CDMA) and LTE. He founded Espansivo, a technology consultancy specialising in helping organisations with their technology, product and business decisions, in 2005. Stirling was previously a co-champion of the CW Future Wide Area Wireless Special Interest Group and and was a member of the CW Board from 2004 to 2015.

Andy Sutton - BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

Andy Sutton is a BT Fellow and Principal Network Architect for Wireless Access. The wireless access domain includes 4G/5G RAN architecture and mobile backhaul/xhaul, along with microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, and satellite communications. Andy holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford and has over 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s current research interests include advanced RAN coordination techniques, including C-RAN and OpenRAN, optical fibre and radio based backhaul/xhaul, along with LEO satellite communications and High-altitude Platform Systems (HAPS), all in the context of building resilient heterogeneous networks. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Liverpool and the University of Salford, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships from the IET, ITP and BCS. Andy sits on the editorial board of the ITP Journal and is a CW SIG Champion for eMBB and Wireless Heritage.

Geoff Varrall - Director, RTT Online

Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT's international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry. He co-developed RTT's original series of design and facilitation workshops including 'RF Technology', 'Data Over Radio', 'Introduction to Mobile Radio', and 'Private Mobile Radio Systems and developed 'The Oxford programme', a five day strategic technology and market programme presented annually between 1991 and 2005. Geoff has been running in depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular technology. A co-author of the Mobile Radio Servicing Handbook (Heinemann Butterworth, UK), Data Over Radio, (Quantum Publishing, Mendocino, USA and 3G Handset and Network Design (John Wiley, New York). Geoff's fourth book, Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success (John Wiley) was published in early 2012 followed by 5G Spectrum and Standards published by Artech House in July 2016. His latest book 5G and Satellite Spectrum Standards and Scale is now available from Artech House and can be ordered from http://uk.artechhouse.com/5G-and-Satellite-Spectrum-Standards-and-Scale-P1935.aspx. As a past Director of Cambridge Wireless, Geoff is actively involved in a number of wireless heritage initiatives that aim to capture and record past technology and engineering experience and is a patron of the Science Museum In his spare time he plays Jazz trumpet semi-professionally and is a marathon and ultra-runner.

Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates Ltd

Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has provided consultancy complex-systems, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. He acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle research projects supported by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Climate Associates provides consultancy on delivering pragmatic sustainable systems and services, based on life cycle assessments where wholesale replacement of current systems with lower footprint solutions may not be the most sustainable option.

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The National Museum of Computing EDSAC, Block H, Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

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