It’s 50 years since IBM launched the first System/360 mainframe. The S/360 is feted as the grandfather of modern computing. It introduced processing techniques that would become commonplace, such as lookahead pipelining, branch prediction, multitasking, memory protection and generalised interrupts. It’s a reminder that many architectural tricks used inside chips today date back to before man landed on the moon. (via Photos: Looking back to the birth of the IBM mainframe – TechRepublic)

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