Vintage Computer: UNIVAC III Origin and History (LARC)

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COMPUTER HISTORY: An Introduction to the UNIVAC III Computer of 1962 and its relationship to the UNIVAC LARC (Livermore Advanced Research Computer) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Built by Remington Rand UNIVAC Division of Sperry Rand, these giant machines are part of the legacy ancestry of Unisys Corporation. Fascinating history and technology. An 8 minute presentation with some additional footage at the end. Also, included some links below for more detailed history for those who want to explore further. Hope you enjoy this bit of computing history! (Computer History Archives Project)

Start: 00:03
Acknowledgements: 07:32
Copyright info: 07:58
Additional Scenes: 8:08


* * “The UNIVAC III Computer,” by George Gray, Unisys History News. , (1999)

* * “The Remington Rand UNIVAC LARC,” by Charles Cole

 “The Development of Large Scale Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory,” (LARC) by George Michael, George Cole, Norman Hardy, et al.

“Bitsavers” Al Kossow’s Online Software Archive:
-LARC Documentation & Illustrations
-UNIVAC III Documentation & Illustrations

UNIVAC III Confidential Company document (1960)

“Sperry Rand Military Computers 1957-1975,” by George Gray, Unisys History News (1999)

March 1961, by Weik, Ballistic Research Laboratories, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland;Ed Thelen’s Computer History Site;

History & Evolution of 1100/2200 series mainframe technology (Unisys)

Unisys: A history of innovation enhancing people’s lives

Pavel T. (Univac III info, photos) (Czech)


Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware

Computer History Museum, Mountain View

“LARC circuit board” and “LARC full room view”
Courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jan Lindeboom’s site, Netherlands (Ferractor photo)
Andrew Holme (UNIVAC III core memory)

LARC film footage, Periscope Film, stock footage & more


Tony Buglione, Senior Manager, Industry Marketing and Communications, Unisys Inc.

Dag Spicer, Senior Curator
The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA

Angela Schad, Reference Archivist, Digital Archives Specialist
Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware

VIPClubMN: Information Technology Pioneers
Retirees and former employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin, and their heritage companies: Lowell A. Benson, Ron Q. Smith (& others)

Ed Thelen’s Computer History Site;

Al Kossow's Archive,

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Max Campbell, Archivist, IBM Corporate Archives
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