Virtual lecture - Soviet Computing

Event at The National Museum of Computing on Soviet Computing.
Date and time: Wed, 13 Sep 2023 18:00 - 19:30 BST

I was wandering around TNMOC, where I volunteer, on a quiet morning before the rush of visitors, and I noticed a poster showing one Kateryna Yushchenko, who was, apparently, the inventor of a programming language called the “Address Programming Language”.

A Wikipedia entry for that programming language eventually led me to an online Ukrainian document website where a fascinating document “ЭЛЕМЕНТЫ ПРОГРАММИРОВАНИЯ”/“Elementy programmirovaniya”, dated 1961 and co-authored by Ms. Yushchenko, was found. This document describes programming on a number of Soviet computers, for example, B.E.S.M and Strela, using a three-address pseudo programming language.

The same manual also gives various programmes written in this pseudo programming language for, for example, calculating square roots and solving quadratic equations.

Thus a project was born to write a simulator to execute these and other programmes.

Speaker -

Bio: Jerry McCarthy is a volunteer at TNMOC; before his retirement, he worked in software development for a global computer company.