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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2014
Recorded: November 18, 1977
Wes Clark began his work with computers on MIT's Whirlwind, and worked with the Memory Test Computer (MTC) that was used to test Whirlwind's core memory. Clark later worked on the design of the “Transistor Experimental” computers, the Lincoln Laboratory's TX-0 and TX-2. Along with Charles Molnar, Clark designed the Laboratory Instrumentation Computer (LINC), the first computer designed specifically for use by scientists in their own laboratories. He goes over the design perimeters and architecture of the LINC, as well as the introduction of the machine in 1962. Clark and his team had difficulties getting Lincoln Labs to continue support for the project. However, it was soon funded by the National Institutes of Health, which opened up the project to outside researchers, allowing scientists to come to Cambridge in the summer of 1963, learn about computing, and then build a LINC, which they would bring back to their own labs. Clark shows a number of slides of the researchers building the systems, and the lecture concludes with questions from the audience.