Computer 03

Reflections on the History of Computing

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 2:30pm – 5:30, Hall B2.2

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In 2010, we are celebrating the 100. Anniversary of Konrad Zuse. Almost 70 years ago, Konrad Zuse invents the computer. In 1941, he succeeded in getting the first computer to run: the Z3. From then, a revolution starts changing the society and our daily life. The look back to the beginnings of computing and the revolutionary developments will be reflected at the workshop.

For the workshop, well-known speakers are invited to present their view on the developments in computer science. The speakers themselves influenced with their outstanding work the developments in computer science.

Moore’s law is still alive. The numbers of transistors on a single chip continues to grow exponentially. In 1971, the first microprocessor contained about 2300 transistors. The prediction goes towards 50 Billion transistors integrated on a single silicon die. The evolution of the microprocessors will be reflected, examining the state-of-the art at each point in time. The look in the future will suggest what have to be done to harnessing the available transistors for higher and higher performance.

“A picture tells us more than thousand words!” The exponentially growing computing power let us have a view on fascinating visualizations and animations of e.g. complex physical effects or for our entertainment. Again, the developments in computer graphics from the very beginnings to the state-of-the-art will be reflected.

And then, the computers become to be connected. Today, we are using the Internet as a “natural” source of information. Within the long and carefully maintained timeline of hundreds of Internet milestones, the presentation will focus on those fortunately, surprisingly or accidentally happened events, which can be considered as breakthroughs of the Internet on its unbelievable way to success.

Finally, we are looking at the developments in the area of software engineering, and there from an entrepreneur’s viewpoint.

The session "Reflections on the History of Computing" is in cooperation with the GI/ITG FG APS+PC.