Reply to post: Wilkes also went on to come up with the idea of "microprogramming" instruction sets.

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John Smith 19 Gold badge
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Wilkes also went on to come up with the idea of "microprogramming" instruction sets.

Without which implementing most large instruction sets (all mainframes and x86 architectures) would be an even bigger PITA.

There is at leas one memoir of one of the staff at TRE during WWII which I stumbled across in an old copy of New Scientist called something like "Biologist at War." The UK was so short of physicists and electronics engineers they were re-training anyone with some kind of technical education to help with new design.

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