Exhibit | Aug. 4, 2021

Computer Development: Harvest Tape Drive

This Museum displays one of NSA's earliest work with super computers. In the 1950s NSA collaborated with IBM for computer development. The result of this collaboration, HARVEST, went on line in 1962 and was finally retired in 1976. IBM built a new, state-of-the-art second-generation general-purpose processor. To be successful, HARVEST had to have a super high-speed memory and high-speed tape drives, beyond anything then in existence. Developed over a five-year period, the most innovative component was TRACTOR, the high-speed tape drive system. It was the first fully automated storage and retrieval system and a precursor to some of today's storage systems, such as StorageTek.