Archives Photograph Collection

preview image
title:

IBM machines in the IU Research Computing Center

image number:

P0021509

description:

The Research Computing Center was in the basement of what is today (2015) Swain Hall West.

This image appears on page 10 of the October 1958 edition of the Indiana Alumni Magazine. The caption reads, in part: "New magnetic tape reading machines (center) are speeding up scientific research computations...The tape machines and the Center's "I.B.M. Tape 650 magnetic drum data-processing machine' (right) for the first combination of its kind in a university. The result is up to 60 per cent increases in speed of the Center's equipment, which had already cut some computations from months to minutes. The magnetic drum machine...'remembers' instructions by 'storing' them on a rapidly revolving magnetic drum, on which up to 20,000 digits can be stored. The new tape devices will increas the storage capacity to two and one-half million digits...The Center is financed in part from research grants...and...the I.U. Foundation."

The I.U. Center was first organized in 1955.

date taken:

1958 May 7

film code:

Kodak - - Safety - - Film

photographer studio:

Photographic Services

donor image number:

58-871

accession number:

2000/003

copyright owner:

Indiana University

personal name:

Proe, Marta

personal name:

Hall, Dale J.

personal name:

Smith, Richard D.

location of individuals:

(L to R) Student & part-time employee of the Center Marta Proe; chief programmer Dale J. Hall; and graduate student & research assistant Richard D. Smith.

building name:

Biology Hall (1910)

building name:

Swain Hall East, Joseph (1910)

corporate name:

Bloomington Academic Computing Services (BACS)

corporate name:

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

corporate name:

Research Computing Center, IU

topic:

Computers

topic:

Women

topic:

Research

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Research Computing Center

series:

Groups

subseries:

Bloomington Academic Computing Services (BACS)