The development of ODE methods: A symbiosis between hardware and numerical analysis

C. W. Gear, R. D. Skeel

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Abstract

The history of the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations is surveyed from its origins three centuries ago up to the early 1970s. The increasing demands for the solution of ODEs, especially for exterior ballistics and celestial mechanics, has been a primary stimulus of and a significant influence on the early development of computers starting with the analog differential analyzers and continuing to the first wired-program digital computers-whose form foreshadowed future developments in parallel computers. At the same time the hardware has, of course, affected the algorithms used, but this has resulted in surprisingly few innovations in numerical techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on History of Scientific and Numeric Computation, HSNC 1987
EditorsG. E. Crane
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages105-115
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)0897912292, 9780897912297
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1987
Externally publishedYes
Event1987 ACM Conference on History of Scientific and Numeric Computation, HSNC 1987 - Princeton, United States
Duration: May 13 1987May 15 1987

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on History of Scientific and Numeric Computation, HSNC 1987
Volume1987-January

Conference

Conference1987 ACM Conference on History of Scientific and Numeric Computation, HSNC 1987
CountryUnited States
CityPrinceton
Period5/13/875/15/87

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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