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Ole Juul
January 17th, 2009, 10:26 PM
I've been reading a bit about the history of computers in Denmark. They had a good start but fell behind when the industry took off with mass production of parts elsewhere.

The Danish Historical Computing Society has some good pages. The Dansk Datahistorisk Museum (http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=da&u=http://www.datamuseum.dk/&s%3Cbr%20/%3Ea=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddansk%2Bdatahistorisk%2%3Cbr%20/%3EBforening%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox%26rls%3D org.mozilla:en-US:unofficial%26%3Cbr%20/%3Ehs%3D4yk) is interesting. Click on the second link, the danish one (Klik her...) and not the one that says "museum".

GIER was an early calculating machine and there is lot of information on it, including a simulator, but the web pages are a complete mess. There is a mixture of PDFs, power point presentations, and god knows what, in a labarynth of pages. Anyway, because of that, I can't give good links or a translation. :(

DASK (http://www.datamuseum.dk/site_dk/rc/dask/hbh/DASK/DASK1.html) was the first computer. This page is in Danish, but the pictures are good. First conceived in 1947 and realized in 1958. Note that the translated pages will sometimes translate "dask" as "slap". lol

Ole Juul
January 18th, 2009, 12:01 AM
Here is a bit more via (my edited) Google translation:

Danish Data Elektronik A / S was founded in 1975 and was first in Denmark with multi-user computers designed with standard microprocessors. In 1975 six civil engineering from the Technical University of Denmark founded the company Dansk Data Elektronik, DDE. They worked in the early 1970s at the Institute for Technical Data and when the first microprocessors came to Denmark they decided to found their own company to exploit the opportunities these microprocessors could bring. It was their basic idea to construct modular computers that could be put together and changed as needed. They subsequently developed a strategy of tailored solutions based on medium-sized multi-user computers.

The company's first computer, the ID-7000, came out in 1976 and was suitable for technical calculations and was included in a number of major systems, including management and monitoring of Standvejsgasværkets distribution of town gas.

The second computer, SPC / 1 came out in 1979 and was specifically directed at office use and solving administrative tasks.

DDE's third computer series, Supermax, came in 1983 and was excellent in its multi-processor architecture and early investment in Unix.

I can't find specific pictures of these, because the museum does not label their pictures, but the photo album is here (http://www.datamuseum.dk/foto/museum2000/p001).