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AN/FSQ-7: the computer that shaped the Cold War by Bernd Ulmann

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13 Software

Developing the necessary software for the DCs and CCs proved to be a formidable task of hitherto unknown complexity; a task that was quite underestimated at the very beginning of the development of SAGE. This was further complicated by the fact that there was no “software industry” at all:

It was [. . . ] difficult with the software. We had by then written the Cape Cod programs and had some feeling for the difficulty. We tried to get IBM interested in it and their answer was, ‘No, we sell equipment.’ So we tried AT&T who declined. Finally, System Development Corporation, spun off from the Rand Corporation, was created for this purpose. [. . . ] The software turned out to take thousands of people. JAY set up a recruiting operation, ...

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