How to build computers for big data, 1950s style

IBM recently installed its new Security Operations Center in a tractor trailer, which is a smart decision for marketing and field use alike, but it’s hardly a modern innovation: IBM and the US government were doing this seven decades ago.

The idea wasn’t new even back then. Horse-drawn carts moved telegraph equipment in the Civil War, while a combination of mules and trucks carried radio gear during World War I. IBM and the US Army developed Machine Records Units, which were pairs of 18-wheelers loaded with punch-card accounting hardware that followed every Allied corps worldwide.

Author: Evan Koblentz

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