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Programming an os

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Nov30-12, 04:12 PM
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We had one of those, too. I wrote a program to calculate factorials on it. I still have a printout somewhere of the result for 3000!, with all of its digits. I think it took something like six or seven hours to calculate. The display lights on the console cycled through a repeating pattern for each multiplication, taking more and more time for each cycle as the numbers became longer and longer.

As a bonus, I could put a transistor radio on top of the cabinet, tune it to an empty channel, and listen to the "music" broadcast via the RF radiation that the computer emitted!
Dec2-12, 07:55 AM
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This article can give you a quick overview of that an OS is, and how people had to program before operating systems existed:
Dec2-12, 07:53 PM
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This article can give you a quick overview of what an OS is,
From that article:
Batch job systems in the 1960s - IBM 360 series, and JCL (Job Control Language) -
Batch operating systems could only execute one program at a time.

1960's batch operating systems such as OS/MFT and OS/MVT could run multiple programs at a time, mainly as multiple parallel batch job streams, but most IBM 360's (all but the 360/67) didn't have virtual memory (no address translation), which limited the functionality. There was also SABRE, a multi-terminal application used for airline reservation systems.


The CDC 6000 series pre-dated the IBM 360 by about a year, and were mostly used for scientific type environments. These had multiple peripheral processors. I only saw them at a data center, and don't remember much about the operating system, The CRT monitors were unusual in that the images were effectively "plotted" on the screen (sort of like an oscilloscope).

Other mainframes of the 1960s: Burroughs, Honeywell, Sperry, UNIVAC, ...
Dec2-12, 08:29 PM
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Been there, done that. Although for me that was exactly 10 years later, in 1982. We were lagging technologically (which was definitely one of the reasons this part of the world turned umop apisdn around 1990).
With regard to the class I took in '72, where we had to use a keypunch machine, you might not have been all that far behind. I took a class in Fortran in the summer of '80 at the Univ. of Washington, and we used keypunch machines again. The next time I took a programming class a couple of years later, they had Digital Equipment Corp VAX minicomputers with terminals, a big improvement over keypunch machines.
Dec4-12, 05:32 AM
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At Harvard they had/have an Aiken computer in the lobby of one of the labs. No one but me ever seemed to pay any attention to it. It was about 50 feet long and built like a tractor. It even had a big drive shaft with a universal joint for all those mechanical relays.

Programmed with paper tape and rheostats.
Dec10-12, 08:45 PM
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If you're interested in learning about programming modern kernels, the OSDev wiki is the best free place to start.

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