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Title: Burroughs B 5000 Conference
Authors: Waychoff, Richard
Turner, Lloyd
Rosin, Robert F.
Pearson, Ralph W.
Oliphint, G. Clark
MacKenzie, F. Brad
MacDonald, Ray W.
MacDonald, Duncan N.
Lonergan, William D.
Kreuder, Norman L.
King, Paul D.
Hootman, Joseph T.
Hauck, Erwin A.
Hale, John E.
Galler, Bernard A., 1928-
Ford, James
Eppert, Ray R., 1902-
Dent, Benjamin A.
Dahm, David M.
Creech, Bobby A.
Collins, George A.
Berce, Henri
Barton, Robert S.
Keywords: Computer history
University of Michigan
Stanford University.
Operating systems (Computers)
Ohio Oil Company
Magnetic disks
FORTRAN (Computer program language)
ElectroData (Firm)
E 201 (Computer)
E 101 (Computer)
Computers -- United States -- History
Computer storage devices
Computer software industry -- United States -- History.
Computer industry -- United States -- History
Compilers (Computer programs)
COBOL (Computer program language)
Burroughs Corporation
Burroughs B5500 (Computer)
Burroughs B5000 (Computer)
BALGOL (Computer program language)
B 220 (Computer)
B 205 (Computer)
ALGOL (Computer program language)
Issue Date: 6-Sep-1985
Publisher: Charles Babbage Institute
Citation: Burroughs B 5000 Conference, OH 98. Oral history on 6 September 1985, Marina del Ray, California. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107105
Abstract: The Burroughs 5000 computer series is discussed by individuals responsible for its development and marketing from 1957 through the 1960s in a conference sponsored by AFIPS and Burroughs Corporation. In the first session the technical aspects of the B 5000 and 5500 are discussed by a group of managers, engineers, and consultants. Topics include: the state of the industry in the late 1950s; the 5000's predecessors, particularly the ElectroData 101 and 201, B 205, and B 220; factors influencing the decision to produce the B 5000; reasons for designing the machine for ALGOL rather than FORTRAN and the effect of this decision on the computer's development and sales. The group reviews the MCP operating system, PERM, Polish notation, descriptors, stacks, the BALGOL compiler, and other innovations of the computer. In the second session, the same group discusses the development of the B 5000 into a product, including the effect of the administrative organization on the project; the relations between hardware and software engineers; the interaction of project personnel and upper-level management, field marketing, and customers; the COBOL processor, the head protract disk system; the operating system; ALGOL; and documentation of the computer. In the third session managers, sales personnel, and customers of the B 5000 discuss Burroughs' product line before the 200 and 5000 series computers; sales training and market reaction to the B 5000; acceptance of B 5000s at Ohio Oil Company and Stanford University; its rejection by the University of Michigan; reasons why the B 5000 was not marketed overseas; and Burroughs' presidents Raymond Eppert and Ray MacDonald. Technical session participants included: Robert S. Barton, Bobby A. Creech, David M. Dahm, Benjamin A. Dent, Bernard A. Galler, John E. S. Hale, Erwin A. Hauck, Paul D. King, Norman Kreuder, William Lonergan, Duncan MacDonald, F. Brad MacKenzie, G. Clark Oliphint, Robert F. Rosin, Lloyd Turner, and Richard Waychoff. Marketing session participants included: Henri Berce, George A. Collins, James Ford, Bernard A. Galler, John E. S. Hale, Joseph T. Hootman, Paul D. King, F. Brad MacKenzie, Ralph W. Pearson, and Robert F. Rosin.
Description: Transcript, 193 pp. Audio file available at http://purl.umn.edu/95285
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/107105
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