Charlie Bachman, winner of the Alan M. Turing Award and Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society will describe the circumstances under which the first database management system (DBMS) came into being. The Integrated Data Store (IDS) was a unique assemblage of existing software technologies: virtual memory, blocked records, list processing, data descriptions, self identifying records, data manipulation language, recovery and restart, etc yielding an unprecedented result.
In 1960, General Electric was desperate to computerize their manufacturing systems, without each of 100 departments inventing their own solution. Charlie Bachman and other others from GE’s Corporate Services set out to solve the problem. By 1964 they had created and put into production a generic manufacturing system (MIACS), a transaction-oriented operating system, and the first database management system (IDS), all running a 8K GE 225 computer.
Computer History Museum, Bldg. 126, Moffett Field