1959 Polymorphic Computing Concept Film [Video]

By Akemi Iwaya on October 18th, 2010

The Prelinger Archives have a wonderful video from 1959 explaining the concept of Polymorphic Computing, otherwise known as distributing computing power using a whole host of machines. This is definitely an interesting and fun video to watch for anyone who loves computer history.

From the Archives: Simon Ramo’s concept of “polymorphic” computing is laid out in stop-motion animation, accompanied by acoustic guitar. The film anticipates parallel, distributed processing and the architecture of ARPANET and the Internet.

Note: The video can be downloaded and is listed under a Creative Commons license.

All About Polymorphics (1959) [via BoingBoing]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 10/18/10
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