CSIRAC: Australia's first digital computerThe CSIRAC console loosely resembled the cockpit of an aeroplane. From here, the technician could initiate, monitor and halt a program as well as control the tape readers and punches.The CSIRAC console consisted of six screens (which displayed the contents of the memory and arithmetic registers), a loudspeaker (to signal that a particular event had been reached in a program) and myriad operational switches. For convenience, the CSIRAC teleprinter and a 5 hole punch were also located on the console.The console was a later addition to the CSIRAC: it was installed after 1955. Previously, the switches and monitors stood freely on separate stands. [Image credit: Museum of Victoria]
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