Logic and Theory of Algorithms

TitleA week-end off: the first extensive number-theoretical computation on the ENIAC
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDe Mol, L, Bullynck, M
EditorBeckmann, A, Dimitracopoulos, C, Löwe, B
Conference NameLogic and Theory of Algorithms
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISBN Number978-3-540-69405-2

The first extensive number-theoretical computation run on the ENIAC, is reconstructed. The problem, computing the exponent of 2 modulo a prime, was set up on the ENIAC during a week-end in July 1946 by the number-theorist D.H. Lehmer, with help from his wife Emma and John Mauchly. Important aspects of the ENIAC's design are presented-and the reconstruction of the implementation of the problem on the ENIAC is discussed in its salient points.

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