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Design of the Burroughs B1700 (1972) [pdf] (semanticscholar.org)
38 points by guidoism 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

A few years ago there was an article like this about an old computer on HN that mentioned France's complicated railway workers pension system. Anybody have a link to that? It was super interesting.

In some aspects, more details are in the earlier (1972) text by the same author:


Its interesting they essentially passed all memory reads through a barrel shifter right in the critical path. This would have been a huge performance bottleneck had the platform survived.

It is very flexible, but... costly.

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