AGM and ICT1301 Resurrection Project

Date:
Tuesday 14 September 2010

Time:
6.30pm start, refreshments will be served from 6.00pm.

Venue:
Shepherd Neame Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham, ME13 7AX

Programme (approximate times):

18:00 - Arrival & Networking (Brewery's Pub)
18:30 - Annual General Meeting followed by the Presentation
20:00 - Tutored Tasting
20:20 - Fork Buffet Dinner
21:30 - Close

Annual General Meeting:

The election of the mandatory officers (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer) will take place at the AGM. The current incumbents for Chairman and Treasurer are standing for re-election. Other candidates who are interested in serving in any of these posts are invited to send in their nominations to kent_secretary@bcs.org.uk by 1 September 2010. Candidates for these posts should be full BCS members (MBCS or FBCS). Candidates for Secretary must be chartered members or fellows. Nominations should include the name of the office, candidate's full name and the names of the proposer and seconder (who also must be BCS members or fellows).

Following BCS formal rules, committee membership is for one year. Current committee members are invited to re-join the committee for the forthcoming year. It is requested that current committee members contact the branch secretary at kent_secretary@bcs.org.uk to confirm their wish to remain on the committee. If we do not hear from a committee member by 30 September 2010, it will be assumed that they do not wish to remain a committee member.

Volunteers from branch members wishing to join the committee are welcomed (and you do not need to be a member or fellow to join the committee). We are always looking for volunteers to help run the branch and arrange events. Please see one of the committee members at the AGM if you are interested.

The Agenda for the AGM will contain the following sections:

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM
  3. Chair's Report
  4. Treasurer's Report
  5. Election of Officers
  6. Any other Business

Copies of the last AGM Minutes and Officers' reports will be distributed at the AGM. To facilitate members that are unable to attend, the Secretary shall, on request, be pleased to forward copies of these documents.

Fork buffet dinner:

  • Home cooked cold roast beef served with horseradish sauce
  • Home cooked gammon ham served with whole grain mustard
  • Pasta with roasted vegetables, pine nuts, mozzarella cheese and coated in a basil dressing
  • Basket of crusty breads
  • A selection of three freshly made salads using local and seasonal ingredients
  • Homemade chocolate brownie served with seasonal berries and whipped cream
  • OR Seasonal berries served with cream and handmade shortbread biscuits

Prize draw:

During the evening, we will have a prize draw to give away:

  • 1x Apple iPod Touch (8GB)
  • 1x P&O Ferries Day Return Crossing between Dover & Calais (Car + 9 passengers)


Synopsis:

ICT 1301 Resurrection Project: The talk will aim to convey a part of our history where computers turned from specialised one off machines, into industrial and commercial workhorses and how that impacted on the design teams decisions.

The ICT 1300 series was a product of its time, bridging the late 1950's and early 1960's . Not a Star computer system but a solid workhorse. The story of the design team led by Dr Bird, the people who solved the early production problems at GEC, the series working life, the machines that survived the end of that life and in particular the machines that survive today.

These are all described and stories from all of those phases of the 48 years since the first machine was installed in London University in 1962 are presented. The talk finishes with a list of the remaining machines still known to exist, and focuses on the project to resurrect the same machine that graced the floor of London Universities Senate House in 1962 and is still running to this very day.

Where the project is after many years work, where it seeks to go from here and how it fits into the CCS / BCS project profile.

The talk will address the following topics:

  • What was the design team trying to achieve?
  • Where does it fit in the lineage of computers from the late 1950s?
  • Why did the design team choose some very strange aspects of the final delivered product?
  • What has that meant to those that worked on the systems?

The talk finishes with a review of some of the early design decisions, and how the hardware has survived because of those decisions rather than in spite of them. Conclusion of the talk closes with the concepts that survived the design and where they led ICT - ICL with the next generations of machines, and even survive into the 21st century. The final item is to raise the awareness of the audience to the impact that software emulation has on the ability to preserve Computing History when all of the hardware is ultimately lost, and how they can get involved if they are interested.

Speaker:

Rod Brown joined ICT in the early 1960's and spent most of his working life with the standard ranges of calculators and computers produced by ICT / ICL / Fujitsu, encompassing 550, 1200, 1300, 1900, 2900, 3900 before specialising in managing the out sourcing and sub contracting for many of the ICL government contracts.

This last role gave him a chance to compare the histories of many of the other computer companies both within and outside the ICL fold and since retiring in 2000 he has persued an interest in resurrection and conservation of many machines from that period.