The Life of John Von Neumann
John Von Neumann was a mathematician and physicist. He was born in Hungary in 1903 and died in 1957 in Washington DC.
In 1945 Von Neumann demonstrated that any computer could have a simple, fixed structure, and would be able to carryout any kind of task as long as it was programmed correctly.
Previous computers (like the Bombe which was designed and built by Alan Turing) needed to be specially built and could only perform one task.
The Von Neumann Architecture is a design that all modern computers - including smartphones and tablets, follow. His computer design includes ...
- A processing unit
- Separate storage for instructions and data
Modern computers that use the Von Neumann Architecture are sometimes called Stored-Program Computers.