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167 – The Apollo Guidance Computer

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This episode is a mix between computer architecture, programming and (historic) space flight. We cover the ins and outs of the Apollo Guidance Computer. Our guest ist Frank O’Brien, who wrote an incredibly detailed book about this machine. In the episode we cover the hardware architecture, the instruction set, the various layers (native, executive and interpreter) as well as some mission programs.

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165 – Rechenzentrumsinfrastruktur

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In dieser Episode unterhalten wir uns mit Bernd Hanstein von Rittal über Rechenzentrumsinfrastruktur. Dabei sprechen wir unter anderem über die Stromversorgung und Energieverbrauch, die Klimatisierung (mittels Luft und Wasser), Redundanz sowie Sicherheit.

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159 – Analog Computers

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This episode is about analog computers, which are computers that compute using a physical model of a real system, often using analog electronic devices. Our guest is Bernd Ulmann who runs the Analog Computer Museum near Wiesbaden, Germany. In the episode we talk about what analog computers are (mechanical, electronic, digital), how they are programmed, what they are used for and why they should (and will?) be used in modern computing as well. We close the episode with a short discussion of the VAX and the AN/FSQ-7, both computer systems near and dear to Bernd.

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