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3        $version = '$Id: tabulating-machine.php 933 2016-03-27 21:59:34Z heribert $';
4        $title = 'BULL Tabulating machine';
5       
6        require "../../lib/technikum29.php";
7?>
8    <h2>BULL Tabulating machine</h2>
9
10    <p>Tabulating machines were widely used when electronic data processing
11       began in the 1950s. These big machines were called "technical marvels":
12       At a glance at the inner life you can see what special art of
13       engeneering was performed at that time. This kind of technology appears
14       odd for today's folks.</p>
15
16    <p>The tabulating machine BULL BS-PR was constructed in October 1956, thus it
17       is the oldest pice of EDP in the museum. At these days you could buy it
18       for about 260.000 German marks (about 62.000 US$).
19       Nevertheless even medium-sized businesses (especially banks) had to buy
20           these punch card machines to work economically.</p>
21
22    <p>On high quality tabulating machines the patch panel could be replaced to
23       perform very different tasks. By plugging the cables on the programming field
24       cleverly, even some scientifical caluclations could be solved.
25    <br/>For every new program the software engineer had to plug a new
26       programming field. The only data input medium are punch cards. Therefore
27       we own other machines that are also operational to perform card driven EDP,
28       that is, devices for creation, sorting, mixing, etc. the cards.</p>
29
30    <p>Our tabluating machine is now even capable of calculating and printing bank
31       statements as well as multiplying and dividing.
32    <!-- <LOL> -->
33    <br/>In the year 1959 some BULL engineer asked himself why there was not some
34       algorithm for the tabulating machine somewhere outside to compute square roots.
35       Since he was bored, he knew already dozens of simple algorithms he learned
36       in his study of computer science and he wanted to gouge his friends, he
37       bet them that you could compute square roots of any real number with a
38       tabulating machine. Since his friends have not studied computer science,
39       they bet against it. The engineer made some programming efforts and won
40       the bet. We came across that program, so we are currently trying to get
41       it back running, so we can relive that historical moment. This is the <b>only tabulating machine on this earth that can calculate square roots</b>.<br>
42           If you want to know how this is possible without memory can look here:<br>
43           <a class="go" href="/shared/pdf/wurzelprogramm.pdf">Root program of tabulating,</a> bilinguar French/German. It is based on the so-called Toepler algorithm.
44           <!-- </LOL> -->
45    </p>
46
47    <p><small>We would like to thank the <a href="http://www.feb-d.de">F.E.B.
48       (Federation des Equipes Bull) Deutschland e.V.</a> for their assistance
49       of the restoration of the tabulating machine</small></p>
50
51    <div class="box center auto-bildbreite">
52        <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/bull-bs-pr/tabelliermaschine.jpg"
53             width="679" height="658" alt="Bull PS BR Tabulating Machine" />
54                <p class="bildtext"><b>Tabulating Machine Bull BS-PR</b></p>
55    </div>
56       
57        <p>
58            With closed walls it looks like a strange chunk made of metal, but it
59                comprises impressive electromechanical technology. In the front there
60                are two demountable program boards that are mounted at the left side
61                of the device (not visible in the picture). The board on the left contains
62                a program for compiling and printing bank statements, the board on the
63                right contains a simple program for multiplying. Multiplying and dividing
64                mechanically needs lots of time. To shorten this amount of time, the
65                <a href="gamma3.php">"electronical calculator" BULL GAMMA&nbsp;3</a>
66                could be attached. That auxiliary tube calculator was only used for this
67                purpose.
68        </p>
69
70    <!--
71     3 Bilder im Deutschen entfernt nach v5.7.21, zugunsten zwei einzelner.
72   
73    <div class="box left">
74        <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/bull-bs-pr/rechenwerke.jpg" alt="Photography of the ALU" width="357" height="476"/>
75        <p class="bildtext">
76            The picture on the left shows the heart of the Bull BS-PR. In the foreground the card sensing circuitry can be seen. Every card is sensed twice &ndash; the first run determines if it is a program or a data card while the second run (below) reads the actual data. In addition to that this mechanism allows the comparison of successive cards.
77        </p>
78        <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div>
79    </div>
80
81    <div class="box left">
82        <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/bull-bs-pr/relais.jpg" alt="Partial view of the relays" width="400" height="533" />
83        <p class="bildtext">
84          The control and memory of the machine is comprised of about 1500 relays. 10 ALUs work in parallel and are driven and synchronized by the large main motor. Every revolution engages about 300 sliding contacts.
85        </p>
86        <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div>
87    </div>
88
89    <div class="box left">
90        <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/bull-bs-pr/offen.jpg" alt="Vorderansicht der geöffneten Bull-Tabelliermaschine" width="569" height="396" />
91        <p class="bildtext">
92            The picture on the left shows part of the complicated printing unit &ndash; in every step a complete line is printed (like later line printers did).
93         </p>
94         <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div>
95    </div>
96    -->
97   
98    <div class="box left clear-after">
99      <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/bull-bs-pr/relais1.jpg"
100           alt="Partial view of the relays" width="312" height="416"/>
101      <p class="bildtext">
102        The control and memory of the machine is comprised of about 1500 relays.
103        <br/>10 ALUs work in parallel and are driven and synchronized by the large main motor.
104        Every revolution engages about 300 sliding contacts. In the upper part of the picture
105        you can see three ALUs. Only one of the ALUs is broken (that can be easily bypassed by
106        customizing the programs), that is quite astonishing in view of the old age.
107      </p>
108    </div>
109
110    <div class="box center auto-bildbreite">
111         <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/rechenwerke.jpg" alt="ALUs of the Bull tabulating machine" width="555" height="329" />
112         <p class="bildtext">
113                    <b>Arithmetic-logic units</b> of the tabulating machine
114                 </p>
115    </div>
116       
117        <p>     We exposed two of the 10 ALUs for an one-of-a-kind photo. The principle of sprocket wheel
118            machines is visible to the naked eye. All calculation work is performed only by mechanical
119            components and read in electronically by touch-sensitive contacts. You can even read out
120            the current arithmetic register contents: They hold both <i>144</i>. Carries are also
121            performed purley mechanically. It's hardly imaginable that these machines worked more than
122            12 hours every day without any serious problems.
123    </p>
124   
125    <div class="box center auto-bildbreite">
126        <img src="/shared/photos/rechnertechnik/bull-bs-pr/offen1.jpg"
127             alt="Front view of the BULL BS PR Tabulating Machine" width="555" height="325"/>
128            <p class="bildtext">
129                    <b>Printing unit</b> of the tabulating machine
130                </p>
131        </div>
132       
133        <p>
134        This picture partly shows the complicated printing unit &ndash; in
135        every step a complete line is printed (like later line printers did).
136        In the foreground you can see the punchcard feeder. Every punchcard is
137        read in two times. At the first scan the machine detects wheter the card is
138        a controller card or a data card whereas at the second scan the machine reads
139        the content from the card.
140                Additionally, the machine is capable of comparing the content of two
141        consecutive cards.
142    </p>
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