Visiting Supercomputer and its predecessors

Education, 23 April 2018

On 18 April 2018, high-school students of the Physics and Mathematics Open Classroom visited the Laboratory of Information Technologies of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research.

LIT Researcher Igor Pelevaniuk acquianted the guests with the history of the rapid progress of computer technology and information technology that has happened over 60 years of existence of the JINR Computer Center. In the mini-museum, the students were introduced to “memory cubes”, floppy disks, films from bubble chambers. In the next hall, the visitors got acquianted with the modern computer centre with supercomputers, computing farms and disk drivers.

Photos by Mikhail Zhabitsky, DLNP JINR

The first “Ural-1” computing machine in JINR with the capacity of 100 operations/s and magnetic drum memory was put into operation in 1958.

“Ural-1” is a small (as per classification at the time of its creation) lamp software-controlled computing machine of the “Ural” computer series, aimed at running engineering, technical, and economic queries. It was used in production facilities, computer centers, research institutes, and design bureaus. It was the first mass-produced computer in the USSR.