Thesis ID: CBB585751811

The 1970 All-Union Conference on Programming: Problems and Prospects of Soviet Computing (2023)


This thesis examines the state of Soviet computing development lag through a case study of the Second All-Union Conference on Programming (VKP-2) in February 1970. Using an extensive historiography consisting of the technical history of computing, the history of Soviet computing, and specific literature foregrounding the Novosibirsk Computing Center which hosted VKP-2, this thesis aims to be in conversation with both historical and technical works. By analyzing VKP-2 via its technical program, as well as the common themes of Soviet computing, such as bureaucratic hurdles and inadequate levels of training, it notes that while the event of VKP-2 was quite remarkable for its work on computer networks, time-sharing, and intra-Soviet computing collaboration, it did very little to reverse the tides of the Soviet computing gap ahead of the release of the Soviet Unified Computing System in 1973.

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Authors & Contributors
Gerovitch, Slava
Tatarchenko, Ksenia
Braman, Sandra
Cain, Frank
Clarke, David D.
Dourish, Paul
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Acta Historiae Rerum Naturalium necnon Technicarum
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
History and Technology
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Journal of Contemporary History
MIT Press
The MIT Press
Princeton University
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
Computer science
Cold War
Technology and politics
Business and commerce
Computer Programming
al-Khwārizmī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā
Gardin, Jean-Claude
Enflo, P. H.
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
Soviet Union
United States
Siberia (Russia)
People's Republic of China
International Business Machines Corporation
The Akademgorodok Computer Center

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