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By Hermann Kopetz (auth.), Cliff B. Jones, John L. Lloyd (eds.)

This Festschrift quantity, released in honor of Brian Randell at the social gathering of his seventy fifth birthday, includes a overall of 37 refereed contributions. biographical papers are through the six invited papers that have been provided on the convention 'Dependable and ancient Computing: The Randell Tales', held in the course of April 7-8, 2011 at Newcastle collage, united kingdom. the remainder contributions are authored by means of former clinical colleagues of Brian Randell.

The papers specialise in the center of Brian Randell’s paintings: the improvement of computing technology and the examine of its heritage. in addition, his wider pursuits are mirrored and so the gathering includes papers on software program engineering, garage fragmentation, laptop structure, programming languages and dependability. there's even a paper that echoes Randell’s love of maps.

After an early occupation with English electrical after which with IBM in long island and California, Brian Randell joined Newcastle collage. His major examine has been on liable computing in all its types, specifically reliability, security and safety points, and he has led a number of significant ecu collaborative projects.

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Wilkes put a soldering iron in his hand and he became an unpaid “wireman” helping to construct the machine. After graduating he joined the laboratory as a research student. Apart from a few sabbatical leaves at other universities, he spent all his working life in the laboratory, eventually becoming a professor of computer science in 1978; he was elected to the Royal Society in 1981. The scheme chosen for organizing subroutines was much like that proposed in Planning and Coding—a main routine, followed by a set of subroutines packed endto-end, leaving no gaps.

The problem solving process described by Goldstine and von Neumann was exceedingly methodical, undoubtedly more methodical that one would have adopted in practice. There was, however, a tutorial purpose to the reports: the ponderous treatment explained the programming process with great rigour. Solving a problem involved five stages. First, a “flow diagram” was used to represent the arithmetical process (what would later be termed an algorithm). The flow diagram is completely original with the Planning and Coding reports, and their development is described in Goldstine’s 1972 memoir The Computer: From Pascal to von Neumann (1972, pp.

Figure 1 also illustrates how it is possible to include a synchronizing condition with an atomic action without violating its isolation property. This work was done at Newcastle, and was greeted with great enthusiasm by both Brian and Michael. And it changed my research career. Atomic actions added the “I” of ACID (isolation) and with recovery blocks hence provided both “A” and “I”. Since a user provides the C (consistency), we now had everything but the “D” (durability) of ACID transactions. Given the system setting (where we were not providing durability guarantees to user transactions) this captured the salient parts of atomicity.

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