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The Diagnosis of Mistakes in Programmes on the EDSAC

S. Gill
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Vol. 206, No. 1087 (May 22, 1951), pp. 538-554
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/98663
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This paper describes methods developed at the Cambridge University Mathematical Laboratory for the speedy diagnosis of mistakes in programmes for an automatic high-speed digital computer. The aim of these methods is to avoid undue wastage of machine time, and a principal feature is the provision of several standard routines which may be used in conjunction with faulty programmes to check the operation of the latter. Two of these routines are considered in detail, and the others are briefly described.

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