No, we don’t really have an Atlas computer. We do however have one of the last print-outs the computer ever did. This print-out, kindly donated by Peter Dick, was one of several copies printed out right before the power switch was turned off for the last time on the 30th September 1971.

The Atlas was considered to be one of the world’s first Supercomputers, and at the time of its construction in 1962, was the fastest of them all. At approx. 600,000 additions per second, it was considerably faster than our ICT 1301’s 11,000 calculations per minute – roughly 3,200 times faster. The Atlas however, being a supercomputer and not a mainframe as the ICT is, was not designed for multiple peripherals with thousands of users.