For fans of early British computing, ERNIE 1 is a welcome addition to the Science Museum’s computing gallery. The display was unveiled in June. ERNIE stands for Electric Random Number Indicator Equipment and was the first machine responsible for generating the Premium Bond numbers. The Science Museum staff have described ERNIE as the ‘son of’ Colossus – a machine famed for breaking the coded German messages in World War 2 and recently rebuilt from scratch at Bletchley Park by Computer Conservation Society members. Collusus and its rebuild featured in my PhD research.
Here are some links:
Science Museum’s computing gallery http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/computing.aspx
Computing Weekly (some nice early photos of ERNIE)http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2008/06/13/231048/photo-story-ernie-goes-on-display-at-the-science-museum.htm
Colossus Rebuild at Bletchley Park http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk/