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Language peer sets for EASE:
United States
United States/1955
Designed 1955
1950s languages
Second generation
Early Cold War
Genus Low-level Autocoders
Excluded from Sammet
Low-level Autocoders
US historic algorithmic systems
Low-level Autocoders/1955
US historic algorithmic systems/1955
Low-level Autocoders/United States
Autocoders/United States
US historic algorithmic systems/United States
Excluded from Sammet
Excluded from Sammet/1955
Excluded from Sammet/us


GM Allison autocode 

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Country: United States
Designed 1955
Genus: Low-level Autocoders
Sammet category: Excluded from Sammet

for Engineering Automatic System for Solving Equations

Autocode for IBM 650 developed at GM Allison.

Jack Horner (designer) said prophetically (when asked if he thought the kind of abstraction needed would be problematic for coding):
"MRS. HALL: You don't think this further removal from the machine will cause undue extra problems than if you taught the person to code in basic machine language?
MR. HORNER: No, as a matter of fact, I believe that in ten or 20 more years the machine language itself will be similar to this. We won't need extensive interpretation from a mathematical language to machine language."


Related languages
EASE EASE II   Evolution of

  • Horner (1955) Horner, J. T. "High Speed Computation of Engine Performance" Extract: EASE
          in (1955) Armour Research Foundation Second Annual Computer Applications Symposium 1955
  • Hadley, Ann C.; Hale, M. (1956) Hadley, Ann C.; Hale, M. E.; Homer, J. T.; Rubenstein, Ruth B.; Weiss, A. L. The EASE II system (Engineering Automatic System for Solving Equations), Allison Div. of General Motors Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 1956
          in (1955) Armour Research Foundation Second Annual Computer Applications Symposium 1955
  • Ryckman (1983) Ryckman George F. "The IBM 701 Computer at the General Motors Research Laboratories" pp210-212 Extract: SPEEDCODE and ACOM at GM Allison
          in [AOHC] (1983) Annals of the History of Computing, 05(2) April-June 1983 IEEE (IBM 701 Issue)
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