ICL Technical Journals
Celebrating our innovation heritage…
Fujitsu has a proud history of innovation, going right back to the formation of the Company in 1935. Through the past 80 years, Fujitsu has continued to invest in original research, resulting in technology advances that have improved the lives of people around the world.
Following several years of close partnership, Fujitsu acquired the ICL organisation, the UK’s largest IT provider, rebranding it as Fujitsu in 2002. Following its creation in 1968, ICL had itself been responsible for significant technology achievements, in particular in the areas of mainframe and departmental computing. These achievements resulted in the creation of the ICL Fellows programme, recognising the talented individuals who led the ICL technical community through this truly transformational period.
On this page, we celebrate the ground-breaking technology achievements of the ICL years, by republishing a book and the ICL Technical Journals from those years. They demonstrate the enormous contribution made by ICL people to the development of modern computing, in many cases forming the basis of practices still in use today.
The ICL Technical Journal series was published between 1978 and 2000 with 43 issues in 14 Volumes. There is a full list of article titles at the end of Volume 14 Issue 2.
Fujitsu expresses its gratitude for co-ordinating the retrieval of the original documents to Alan Thomson from the Computer Conservation Society, and to volunteers at the archive of The National Museum of Computing for scanning and preparing the documents for online publication.
This book is published online on behalf of the National Museum of Computing and with agreement from the author (J K Buckle) and the original publisher.
VME was the original operating system developed in tandem with the ICL Series 2900 mainframe and which evolved into OpenVME.