EDSAC To Be Rebuilt At Bletchley Park

UK's Computer Conservation Society (CCS) has commissioned the building of an exact working replica of the world's first ever programmable computer.

The Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (Edsac) was built by researchers at the Cambridge University in 1949 as a tool for researchers.

The room-filling machine was created by Sir Maurice Wilkes and helped many a Cambridge researcher and analyst carry out multiple calculations at once.

The working replica of the computer will be displayed at the The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Prk, UK's WWII code-breaking centre.

Dr David Hartley, chairman of the CCS, said in a statement to BBC News: “Edsac was the first to go into regular service to help the people Sir Maurice saw in Cambridge, researchers struggling with computation using desk calculators.”

The project to re-build the iconic computing machine is to cost around £250,000, which has been raised by a consortium led by computing entrepreneur Hermann Hauser.