Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer

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The Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer (WISC) was an early digital computer designed and built at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Operational in 1954, it was the first digital computer in the state.

Pioneering computer designer Gene Amdahl drafted the WISC's design as his PhD thesis. The computer was built over the period 1951-1954. It had 1024 50-bit words (equivalent to about 6 KB) of drum memory, with an operation time of 1/15 second and throughput of 60 operations per second, which was achieved by an early form of instruction pipeline.[1] It was capable of both fixed and floating point operation.

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  1. ^ Weik, Martin H (1955). A survey of domestic electronic digital computing systems. Ballistics Research Laboratories Report No. 971 (Technical report). Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD: Department of the Army. pp. 199–200.