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The von Neumann Computer Turns Sixty-Five

On June 30, 1945 John von Neumann published a “First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC.” This paper described a design for the first, fully functional, programmable computer, developed by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert under a United States Army contract. This same basic design, as ancient as it has become, remains the basis for nearly every computer sold today, including Apple’s latest iPad.
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Background: Stored-Program Computers
Limitations of Stored-Program Computers


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