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von Neumann, J., "First draft of a report on the EDVAC", June 30, 1945, pp. 17-82, in Aspray, W., Burks, A. (ed.), Papers of John von Neumann on Computing and Computer Theory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press and Tomash Publishers, 1987 . Google

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p. 355-364 in Randell, B. (ed), The origins of digital computers, Springer Verlag 1973.


Burks, p. 6 "[Goldstine, in releasing this report,] should at least have given credit to Eckert and Mauchly as originators of much of the electronic design out of which the report arose [particularly the ENIAC design and the mercury-delay-line register].

17 ;;Quote: a computer is a device that automatically executes exhaustively, detailed instructions for complex calculations
18 ;;Quote: a computer must function faultlessly; humans may recognize and correct faults, or this may be done automatically
18 ;;Quote: a computer has a central arithmetical part for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
19 ;;Quote: a computer has a control function that carries out its instructions
19+;;Quote: a computer is all purpose because it executes stored programs of instructions
19 ;;Quote: a computer needs a considerable, universal memory for partial results, programs, tables, numeric data, and data to be sorted
20 ;;Quote: a computer's arithmetic, control and memory parts correspond to associative neurons; input/output corresponds to sensory and motor neurons
21 ;;Quote: a computer has input and output parts which transfer data between memory and the outside recording medium
21 ;;Quote: a high-speed computer should use memory instead of the outside recording mediums that existing computing devices use
23 ;;Quote: digital computers use relay-like elements of two or more states; e.g., neurons which can be imitated by vacuum tubes at 1000x faster
26 ;;Quote: a computer's arithmetic, control and memory parts should use binary representation; simpler logical structure
27 ;;Quote: a computer should be as simple as possible and avoid simultaneous operations as done by existing devices (e.g., add)
29 ;;Quote: build a computer from abstract neurons; will be implemented by vacuum tubes
30 ;;Quote: an E-element models a MacCulloch/Pitts neuron; fixed synaptic delay for synchronous operation, thresholds 1,2,3 and absolute inhibition
72 ;;Quote: the orders or code words for a computer fall into four classes: arithmetic, data movement, control transfer, and input/output
82 ;;Quote: a computer can modify the address component of an order; earlier computers used fixed address instructions

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