The computing conundrum

Computers have come a long way since the 1970s. The days of punch cards and metres-long printouts are now, depending on your age, either a nostalgic memory, a (thankfully) distant awkward stage, or, for Gen Ys, a point of complete incredulity.

In 1971, ANU had a computer crisis. To solve it, the University bought a new supercomputer. Compared to today's version, the specs are almost laughable.

In the latest edition of ANU Reporter, TEGAN DOLSTRA, BMedSci (Hons) ’09 delves back in time and finds out that while technology has changed, some things are still the same.

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