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The Burroughs 220 was a late-1950s, decimal, vacuum-tube, core-memory computer system. Some consider it to be the last of the major vacuum-tube computers.

The 220 was the follow-on product to the ElectroData/Burroughs Datatron 205. It was initially developed as the ElectroData Datatron 220 but renamed after Burroughs acquired ElectroData in 1956. The system was initially released in 1958. It did well with both scientific and commercial applications, but being a vacuum-tube system at the beginning of the transistorized era, was only modestly successful.

The ElectroData Division of Burroughs went on to create a number of successful systems after the 220, including the B100/200/300 series, the B1700/1800/1900 series, the B2000/3000/4000/V Series, the B5000/5500, and finally the B6000/7000/A Series, which are still produced and sold today as Unisys ClearPath MCP systems.

The main goal of this project is creation of a web browser-based emulator for the 220.

A second goal is reconstruction of the Burroughs Algebraic Compiler (BALGOL), an Algol-58 compiler written for the 220 by a team from Burroughs that included Joel Erdwinn, Jack Merner, Donald Knuth, Dave Dahm, and Clark Oliphint.

The contents of this project are licensed under the MIT License.

Related Sites URL
Emulator hosting site
Emulator documentation
Burroughs 205/220 blog
220 documents at bitsavers
BALGOL compiler listing
Datatron 205 site


Web-based emulator and operating environment for the Burroughs 220 computer system.




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