IBM 7094, an ancient mainframe

In 2014, the Computer History Museum got a large donation from Paul Pierce. The donated collection included an IBM 650, IBM 709, and an IBM 7094.

IBM 7094
IBM 7094

When I first graduated from UCLA, the first machine I was paid to write software for was the IBM 7094. At the time the language being used to program it was Fortran II, since the 7094 was a “scientific” machine. IBM began selling it in 1962 and it used transistors instead of vacuum tubes. When it was new, such a machine cost about $3,000,000.

The image above is part of a donated IBM 7094 sitting in the Computer History Museum warehouse where Anna and I volunteer to help catalog and curate artifacts.

Author: Dick

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