Computer Museum

Summary:

Computer Museum – officially Permanent Exhibition of the Computing History in Slovakia is part of the Computing Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV).

The exhibition maps the history of computing in Slovakia in the context of Czechoslovak, East European and World development and exhibits more then 600 objects (computers and their parts) as well as many “historical” books and documents on the Information and Communication Technology.

This is not only nostalgia of the old days of computing, but also demonstration how  ICT changed over the last 50 years – from the vaccum tube machines to smartphones with complex systems on a chip or supercomputers with many powerful microprocessors.

Museum has following thematic sections:

  • Prehistory of computing (slide rules, electro- mechanical and electronic calculators)
  • Data archiving media (punched cards, paper and magnetic tapes, magnetic and optical discs)
  • Data transmission technology and networks  (modems, network components, optical cables)
  • Analog computers (the first Slovak computer from 1958 developed at SAV and Czech made MEDAanalog computers)
  • First and the second generation computers (part of the machines and documents used at SAV and other institutions: ZRA-1 vacuum tubes, GIER PCB with transistor logic, ZPA 601 ferrite core memory matrix, MINSK 22 PCB)
  • The Third generation Slovak control computer RPP-16 (it was the first Slovak digital computer and the first Third generation Czechoslvak control computer,  developed at the Institute of Technical Cybernetics (ÚTK), SAV in 1973 and produced by Tesla Námestovo)
  • Mini computers DEC PDP 8, PDP11/45, parts of PDP 11/50, PDP 11/84, Vax, Alpha server 2100, COMECOM unified range of mini computers SMEP (developed at VUVT Zilina and produced in ZVT Námestovo and ZVT Banská Bystrica before 1989, Hungarian , GDR and Soviet clones of PDP 8 and PDP 11. Soviet Electronica 60 (used clones of LSI 11 microprocessor and is known for the famous game Tetris, which was developed on this computer)
  • Mainframe computers, servers and parallel computers (parts of CDC 3300, EC 1033,  the first Czechoslovak highly parallel, associative PPS SIMD computer developed at ÚTK SAV in 1983, IBM RISC, IBM z900, Silicon Graphics Origin)
  • 8 bits school and home computers. The first Slovak single board computer PMI -80 and PP-01 developed at Tesla Piešťany and VÚVT Žilina, Slovak home computers PMD-85, Didactic Alfa, Beta, Gama, Mato, Czech home computer Ondra, UK and US made Sinclair Spectrum, Atari, Commodore
  • Desktop  personal computers (16 or more bits). IBM PC, Slovak and Czech clones produced before 1989, Apple desk tops. Wintel and Apple notebooks
  • Handhelds, palmtops, tablets and smart phones
  • Integrated circuits (developed at ÚTK SAV, Tesla VÚST Prague, Tesla Piešťany and produced in the company TESLA Piešťany, US made LSI and microprocessors)
  • Virtual reality and computer games
  • The works of the Slovak pioneer in Computer Graphics in Fine Arts – Jozef Jankovič, created  at the ÚTK SAV.

How to get here: The main (but not best) entry is directly from Dubravska cesta (approximatelly 150m from IBM garages on the way to SVU (School of Applied Arts)). Ring the bell at the gate. Another entry is from the SAV campus, the one floor building over the Computing Center (staircase behing the entry to Computing Center) and to the right 50m (ring the bell). (see http://www.vystava.sav.sk/pristup-do-muzea-s-mhd/ or http://www.vystava.sav.sk/pristup-do-muzea-autom/)

 

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