The IBM Cambridge Scientific Center
, established in February 1964 by Norm Rasmussen, was situated at 545 Technology Square (Tech Square
), Cambridge, Massachusetts
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in the same building as MIT
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's Project MAC. It was later renamed the IBM Scientific Center
The center is most notable for creating CP-40 and CP/CMS
CP/CMS was a time-sharing operating system of the late 60s and early 70s, known for its excellent performance and advanced features...
The IBM Data Processing Division (DPD) sponsored five Scientific Center research groups in the United States and some others around the world to work with selected universities on a variety of customer-related projects.
The IBM Research
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Division in Yorktown Heights, NY was a separate laboratory organization that tended more to "pure" research topics. The DPD Scientific Centers in the late 1960s were located in Palo Alto, California, Houston, Texas, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Grenoble, France. The IBM Time-Life Programming Center in Manhattan, New York worked with the scientific centers but had a slightly different reporting line.
The Cambridge Scientific Center worked with computing groups at both MIT and Harvard, in the same building as Project MAC and the IBM Boston Programming Center (BPC). Additional joint projects involved the MIT Lincoln Laboratory on the outskirts of Boston and Brown University in Providence, RI.
The scientific center in 1969 had three main departments: Computer Graphics under Craig Johnson, Operations Research under John Harmon, and Operating Systems under Richard (Rip) Parmelee. The center manager was Norman Rasmussen.
IBM closed the center on July 31, 1992.
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