Piece from the London University Computing Service
- c. 1964
- Ferranti Limited
Piece from the London University Computing Service Atlas computer, engineer's console, about 1964
Ferranti Atlases were the most powerful computers in the world when first released in
1962. This is the console from the University of London’s machine—the computer itself
occupied two large rooms. This Atlas was part-funded by British Petroleum, which used it to calculate routes for its oil tanker fleet. The problem of finding the shortest route involved great complexity. There are millions of different routes one tanker can take to visit just a handful of different ports.