This is ENIAC: the Giant Brain, the first computer made

One always wonders what was the first computer built like. ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer)was the first general-purpose electronic computer. As the pictures show it was not only a giant brain, as it was dubbed because of its calculating abilities, it was also physically gigantic.

It was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory. When ENIAC was announced in 1946 it was heralded in the press as a “Giant Brain”. What made this giant special was its speed: one thousand times faster than electro-mechanical machines, a leap in computing power that no single machine has since matched.

Financed by the United States Army during World War II, the construction contract was signed on June 5, 1943, and work on the computer began in secret by the University of Pennsylvania. The completed machine was announced to the public February 14, 1946, having cost almost $500,000 (nearly $6 million in 2010). It was shut down in July 1946 for an upgrade until July 1947 and after that it was in continuous operation until 11:45 p.m. on October 2, 1955. (via Wikipedia)

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