Lead programmer John Iliffe in front of Arithmetic Unit Racks of the R1 computer, Rice University
Van Orden, Frank
John Iliffe, lead programmer at the William M. Rice Institute, standing in front of the arithmetic unit racks of the R1 computer. Iliffe, wearing a short-sleeved white shirt and dark pants is adjusting a dial on the second rack. Original resource is a black and white photograph.
In 1956, three Rice University faculty members, Zevi Salsburg, John Kilpatrick, and Larry Biedenharn, brought supercomputing to the school for the first time in the form of the R1 computer. While it wasn’t the first computer at Rice, it was the university’s first large computational research computer. At the time, the researchers couldn’t simply go out and purchase a mammoth supercomputer; they literally had to design and build the R1 themselves. The R1 took up a large amount of space on the second floor of the Abercrombie Engineering Building.
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