y2k stuff

From: Jgzabol_at_aol.com <(Jgzabol_at_aol.com)>
Date: Mon Jan 18 18:52:39 1999

In einer eMail vom 13.01.1999 07:49:30, schreiben Sie:

 John G. Zabolitzky wrote:
> 6 bit characters were quite the standard BEFORE /360 days, say for
> CDC 6600, CDC 7600 (the most powerful computers from mid-60s until
> the appearance of the CRAY-1 machines, forerunners of the Cyber 170
> or IBM 7030, IBM 7090, IBM 7094 say, back in the '60s.
> They were not called bytes, and could not be addressed directly;
> there were 36 bit or 60 bit words, and shift / logical instructions used
> character manipulation. In fact this is probably the origin for the
> six character namelength limit in FORTRAN IV : 6 chars x 6 bits = 36 bit
Eric Smith wrote:
 All generally correct except for the 7030 (Stretch). Stretch used
 variable-length fields from 1 to 64 bits, and its native character set used 8
 bits. The integer arithmetic instructions, however, were specificially
 designed to be useful on character data types from 4 to 8 bits.

It seems I got these IBM model numbers confused. I think I meant the
7040 (and of course we can go back to the earlier tube computers, 704 and

Eric, you seem to have quite some info on the Stretch; do you have any
source of (original or other doc) on this or the other early IBM computers ?
There is of course the book by Bashe et al, but I find it difficult to
locate more info.

John G. Zabolitzky
Received on Mon Jan 18 1999 - 18:52:39 GMT

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