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Lightyears ahead: How the Apollo Guidance Computer pioneered an era of reliable software

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July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong was in the final stages of the Lunar descent, just 6,000 feet above the surface, when suddenly his computer indicated a critical alarm. For a few nail-biting seconds it looked as if the mission would have to be aborted. However, Armstrong was given a “go” to continue, and after several more alarms the Eagle touched down safely. I’ll introduce the amazing hardware and software that made up the Apollo Guidance Computer, and talk about how the software engineering techniques that saved the Apollo 11 mission have become commonplace for all kinds of fault-tolerant software today.

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