What is special about Computer Museum at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart?
Special are the still fully functional calculating machines and computers showing today what and how people worked with them many years ago. This is made possible by the knowledge of the system administrators who know the programming languages that are no longer in use and also have an extensive stock of spare parts.
Among the exhibits in the collection that can be shown in operation are, in addition to mechanical and electronic desk calculators, what is probably the oldest magnetic drum computer LGP 30 still in current use in Germany, an IBM 1130 system with punch cards, early minicomputers, old input and output devices and a multitude of data carriers forgotten today.
The museum tells the fascinating 350-year development of computers, starting with the calculating machine of Wilhelm Schickardt and ending with the microprocessors that started a revolution and the beginning of today’s digitalization in the mid-1970s.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klemens Krause
Dipl.-Inf. Christian Corti