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The Ghosts of Computers Past

A Silicon Valley museum-in-the-making showcases a half-century of innovation

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The Ghosts of Computers Past

The guest book at the nondescript pair of warehouses just across the street from the monumental blimp hangar at NASA's Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif., looks like a Who's Who of the computer industry. There's Gene Amdahl, who designed two generations of mainframes at IBM Corp. and another two at his own companies; C. Gordon Bell, who built the minicomputers that powered Digital Equipment Corp.; and Donald Knuth, whose algorithms have set standards in computer science for 40 years.

These and the other pioneers who prowl Moffett come to visit their brainchildren—or to find a home for them. "Anyone who's anyone in the computer industry and is getting on in years" has come to reminisce or to donate, says curator Mike Williams.

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UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

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