How does the computer hardware works?

Berkeley, Sunday, June 7, 2020 2:13 AM

It was not that sort of really productive day today, I did plenty of reading, but few writing and few calculations. Those are calculations are then to perform tomorrow, as I must peed up with my report.

A quote of the day:

Time lost is never found

I read it in a book by Clark Kerr The Gold and The Blue, though he used the quote there and through his life, apparently, the quote does not belong to him.

I might start here as well sections of questions of the day, even if unrelated to my research. I also might not be writing here during the next few days.

I am curious how the structure inside of the Macbook pro on which I am working on. Though, many of use deal with the software applications, or apply through those softwares our calculations, write a script for a data analysis, or write a report, still how the mechanical process of the computer for allowing me to do that process is a big question. I think there is not time for answering every single question, as just in matter of computation jumping from the Texans Instruments TU-89 Titanium to the Matrix Calculator in Matlab seems a gigantic step in computation power, and at the all what I count is the number of rocks of different sizes in the streams. Perhaps same as traders just to exchange things, and make counters with pebbles thousand of years ago. It is interesting how many things we can count, but at the end what it matters are what that counting describes. In my case all of this it is within the landscape forms and its processes. The last part is even more important, the processes, regarding counting, as of the landscape forms is a matter of reconstruction and interpretation.

But the application, or interpretations is for other spaces, here I wanted to explore the mechanics of my current counting machine, which will remain as a open question, perhaps for a while, as at least I might now switch to read about computer architecture in a while. I think the word assembling is another key word on this topics. History goes back as I said in other post to Pascal Machine, later to counting mechanics as the punching cards, further to the mechanical and electrical computers, which actually received the name of MANIAC (Mathematical Analyzer Numerical Integrator And Computer model) [1]. I was talking in passive voice because I am not sure who baptized it as MANIAC, I think it was von Neumann in the 1950s. The development of personal computers from there to 1980s, and then to current version of computers, is a sort of more evident history with what we have at hand, and yet a source of black box, which actually looks silver outside, without fully knowing, in my case, how it works.

A question to be solved by asking any friend with knowledge on computer hardware, or for solving in another time.

[Update 6/11/2020 12:26 AM. The name MANIAC actually was a funny joke imported from the Moore School, where students, whoever was using the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Compute), called that computer ENIAC when it worked, and MANIAC when it didn’t.) [2]


Not well cited by here I checked full acronym in order to included it spelled in the post: [1]

[2] Dickson, George. 2012 Turing’s Cathedral. Pantheon Books [See page 86]

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