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On Thursday 4 June, the premiere of the short internet movie ‘Remembering ARRA: A pioneer in Dutch Computing’ took place at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). The Computer science historian Gerard Alberts UvA-KdVI and Paul Klint, emeritus professor at UvA-IvI and Research Fellow at the CWI took part in this production.

‘The film shows the unique story of the ‘Automatische RelaisRekenmachine Amsterdam’, says computer historian Gerard Alberts, ‘The computer pioneers Gerrit Blaauw, Jaap Zonneveld and Dirk Dekker bring the story of the ARRA, or rather the two ARRA's, alive.’

First computers

The Dutch computer science made history during the fifties. At that time the first Dutch computers, the ARRA I and ARRA II were developed at the Mathematical Centre in Amsterdam  (current CWI) under supervision of Aad van Wijngaarden, founder of the Dutch computer science. Van Wijngaarden played a crucial role in the advancement of the Dutch hardware industry and programming languages such as Algol 60 and Algol 68. Untill today, concepts that were introduced in these programming languages, play a major role.

The movie is produced by Google and realised in collaboration with CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam. The video is online now.

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