History of Computing and Simulation

Computer Simulation

Collection Highlights

Computer Simulation Archive: Chronicling Computer Simulation Pioneers

To document the development and expansion of computer simulation, NCSU Libraries presents a unique oral history archive of computer simulation pioneers. The video oral histories of computer simulation pioneers were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and were conducted in 2013. The purpose of this grant initiative is to capture and preserve accounts of seminal projects, related pivotal events, and distinguished project contributors from the perspectives of, and the words of, individuals who witnessed the relevant history of computer simulation firsthand. The importance of collecting these accounts is also based on the remarkable degree to which computer simulation has heavily influenced the design of computing software. The video oral histories presented on the site build on the audio oral histories already present in the Simulation Archive.

Philip J. Kiviat Papers, 1962-2010 (MC 00429)
Philip J. Kiviat is a founding partner in Guerra Kiviat Inc., a federal sales consulting firm, primarily oriented to information technology. He is the author of two books on simulation programming languages (SIMSCRIPT II and GASP) and numerous technical papers. The “Kiviat Graph” is widely used in the computer hardware and software performance field, as well as in other disciplines, to portray performance patterns and distinguish modes of behavior. Kiviat was the first technical Director of the Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation Center (FEDSIM) that was established by the United States Air Force in 1972.

Harry M. Markowitz Papers, 1963, 1965, 1967 (MC 00408)
This collection contains three simulation programming language books published in 1963, 1965, and 1967. These books are all autographed by Harry M. Markowitz. Markowitz is best known for his pioneering work in Modern Portfolio Theory, studying the effects of asset risk, return, correlation and diversification on probable investment portfolio returns. He also co-founded a computer software company, CACI, after having developed the programming language SIMSCRIPT.

Richard E. Nance Papers, 1950s-2004 (MC 00283)
The Richard E. Nance Papers contain correspondence, articles, technical reports and reprints, manuals, periodicals, videos, books, and other materials documenting Nance’s teaching, research, and professional service in the field of computer simulation. Nance served as the Director of the Systems Research Center at Virginia Tech. He also conducted research for the United State Department of Defense, Naval Surface Weapons Center, on a variety of projects including the Tomahawk cruise missile and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).

Julian Reitman Papers, 1967-1998 (MC 00342)
The Julian Reitman Papers include professional papers document Reitman’s work in the field of computer simulation. The collection consists mainly of budget reports and conference proceedings digests from Winter Simulation Conferences, 1968-1998. There are also technical reprints and operational manuals used by Reitman when he was employed by the Norden Division of United Aircraft Corporation. Reitman was one of the founders of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) and has served in active leadership of the WSC since it originated in 1968. He also wrote one of the first simulation textbooks, Computer Simulation Applications: Discrete Event simulation for Synthesis and Analysis of Complex Systems (1971).

Robert Sargent Papers, 1961-2002 (MC 00343)
The Robert Sargent Papers include teaching materials, publications, research files, presentations, books, and data tapes documenting his work as a Professor at Syracuse University, where he taught simulation courses for over thirty years. Sargent also worked with the United States Air Force at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC) in Rome, New York, in addition to serving on a number of committees within the Department of Defense. There are also materials, including conference programs, documenting Sargent’s involvement with the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) and other professional organizations and meetings.

Ingolf Ståhl Papers, 1990-2011 (MC 00273)
The collection includes publications, reprints, and papers relating to Ingolf Ståhl’s work in computer simulation. His teaching at the Stockholm School of Economics has focused on the use of discrete-event simulation, or stochastic dynamic simulation. The collection includes materials on General Purpose Simulation Systems (GPSS) and its derivatives, Micro-GPSS and WebGPSS. Ståhl is professor emeritus of the Stockholm School of Economics, a business school in Stockholm, Sweden.

James R. Wilson Papers, 1992, 1999 (MC 00410)
This collection includes videotapes from the Winter Simulation Conference (WSM) in 1992 and 1999. Wilson has been a member of the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at NCSU since 1991. His areas of interest are in probabilistic and statistical issues in the design and analysis of large-scale simulation experiments.

Paul F. Roth Papers, 1970-1990 (MC 00494)
The Paul Roth Papers include technical reports, proceedings, computer disks, and other items that document Roth’s professional contributions to the field of computer simulation. Roth is retired from Virginia Tech as Associate Professor of Computer Science. Roth was a pioneer in the field of computer simulation and was twice elected as Chairman of the ACM’s simulation sub-group. His career also included affiliation with the National Bureau of Standards, Burroughs Corporation, and General Electric.

History of Computing

Collection Highlights

John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection, 1891-1987 (RBC 00006)
The John Ptak Computer Science Book Collection, 1891-1987, contains pamphlets, reports, journal articles, correspondence, software and hardware documentation, and other written materials about the history of computing, electrical engineering, computer science, and related fields. John Ptak was the proprietor of J. F. Ptak Books, Maps, and Prints in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Alan L. Tharp Papers, 1962-2011 (MC 00400)
The Alan L. Tharp Papers, 1962-2011, contain IBM and other computer manuals, a data printout, memos and notes relating to a teaching evaluation form, the proposal for the ePartners Initiative, and materials documenting the history of the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Dr. Alan L. Tharp is an Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He served as the Head of Computer Science at N.C. State University from July 1992 to June 2004. Dr. Tharp received his B.S. degree in Science Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

Douglas E. Hammond Collection of Computer Manuals, 1962-1983 (MC 00480)
This collection contains manuals for computer software and hardware primarily created by IBM. There is a small segment of manuals for software and hardware created by the Applied Data Research group. The manuals range in date from 1962 to 1983. Some major types of items covered include virtual machines, operating systems, customer information control systems, and information systems. They are primarily targeted to the IBM mainframe platform.

A. Wayne Brooke Papers, 1948-1986 (MC 00268)
The A. Wayne Brooke Papers include correspondence, writings, research notes, publications, photographs, and a 16mm film. The items in the collection focus on the Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (SSEC) at International Business Machines, Inc., (IBM) and the history of computing.