Oral history interview with Severo Ornstein

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Oral history interview with Severo Ornstein

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Charles Babbage Institute


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Ornstein describes his experience at Lincoln Laboratory which included work on the SAGE, TX2 and LINC computers. He discusses his involvement with the LINC project, including its move to Washington University, and the later work there on DARPA/IPTO sponsored macromodule project. As the principal hardware designer of the Interface Message Processor (IMP) for the ARPANET, Ornstein describes the IMP design work at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), the working environment of the group at BBN, his relationship with Lawrence Roberts, his interactions with Honeywell, and his work on the Pluribus multi-processor IMP. Ornstein also discusses the contributions of Wesley Clark and Norman Abramson, his involvement with the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and his views on artificial intelligence and time-sharing. This interview was recorded as part of a research project on the influence of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the development of computer science in the United States.


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Severo Ornstein, OH 183. Oral history interview by Judy E. O'Neill, 6 March 1990, Woodside, California. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107591

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Ornstein, Severo. (1990). Oral history interview with Severo Ornstein. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/107591.

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