One-Level Storage System

Author(s): T. Kilburn ; D. B. G. Edwards ; M. J. Lanigan ; F. H. Sumner
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 April 1962
Volume: EC-11
Page(s): 223 - 235
ISSN (Paper): 0367-9950
DOI: 10.1109/TEC.1962.5219356



After a brief survey of the basic Atlas machine, the paper describes an automatic system which in principle can be applied to any combination of two storage systems so that the combination can be regarded by the machine user as a single level. The actual system described relates to a fast core store-drum combination. The effect of the system on instruction times is illustrated, and the tape transfer system is also introduced since it fits basically in through the same hardware. The scheme incorporates a ``learning'' program, a technique which can be of greater importance in future computers.