Macintosh Centris (68040), Symbolics Ivory Model-3 Nubus card,
Symbolics keyboard and mouse, Sony LCD screen (picture courtesy of R. Joswig)


Symbolics Inc. was a producer of general-purpose computer systems used for developing and running applications such that complex problems could be solved.

The company designed and built workstations with a fully object-oriented operating system called Genera, written in Lisp,
in combination with a so-called presentation-based window system named Dynamic Windows
on which a powerful program development environment was provided at a time where others provided command lines interfaces only.

Lisp (ZetaLisp or Common Lisp) was the main programming language also for application building,
and the hardware of Lisp Machines provided features, e.g., type tagging bits for data classification at runtime,
to support the efficient execution of code produced by Lisp compilers at that time.


General Information


Hardware Exhibition


System Software Exhibition




Application Software Exhibition



  • Macsyma: Symbolic Mathematics
  • Scope: Symbolic and Numeric Image Processing
  • ImagCalc: Computer Vision System
  • Leonardo: Computer Graphics
  • Concordia: An Environment for Creating, Maintaining and Distributing Very Large Documentation Sets with Very Long Life Cycles
  • KEE: Knowledge Engineering Environment
  • NAOS: Trajectory Editor and Event Recognition System
  • CL-HTTP
  • S-Products: Computer Graphics and Animation Development Environment
  • Plexi: Neural Network Simulation System
  • SiteController

Other Collections


Some Code




Precursors and Competitors






Acknowledgments

Thanks to Paolo Amoroso, James Crippen, Rainer Joswig, Hannu Koivisto, Peter Paine, Lasse Rasinen, Kalman Reti and Michael Wessel.


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