The History of Computing at Cornell

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John W. Rudan, Director Emeritus of the Office of Information Technologies at Cornell University, describes the development of computing at Cornell, from the earliest punchcard tabulating equipment used in the 1920s to the establishment of the Supercomputing Center in the late 1980s and subsequent activities in the 1990s.
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The early days of punched card systems; The beginning and increasing use of computers in instruction; Use of computers to support university research activities; statistical programs; Use of computers for data processing for university business systems; Operating system and programming language software developed at Cornell; Computer Science Department and use of computers in instruction; Microcomputers/Personal computers on campus; sales and support; Text and Word Processing Developments, Desktop Publishing; Supercomputing at Cornell; Library use of Information Technology (Mass Storage and Printing Technologies); The transition from Computing to Information Technology; Telecommunications and telephone systems; NSFNet and its evolution to the Internet; Network developments and systems at Cornell; Electronic Mail developments and use at Cornell; CUINFO, CU-SeeMe, Project Mandarin, Bear Access; Cornell leadership activities in computing/IT and networking applications and technology; Y2K - the year 2000 transition at Cornell; P2K - Project 2000 (the transformation of business systems at Cornell); Time lines of computing/IT activities at Cornell (Appendix)
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