January 1961 : CERN’s IBM 709 computer arrives at Geneva’s Airport
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This photo was taken in January 1961 when the IBM 709 arrived at CERN. It was inaugurated at an official ceremony on 6 March that year. The central processing unit (CPU) of the IBM 709 was four to five times faster than that of CERN’s first electronic computer, the Mercury. It could be programmed in a high-level computer-programming language called “FORTRAN” (FORmula TRANslating), which helped a lot with the analysis of measurements from bubble-chamber photographs.
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