– The PDP- 1 is well-known for being the computer that played the most essential role in the development of hacker culture at MIT and BBN. – The PDP-1 is the original hardware for playing Steve Russell’s Spacewar!, the world’s first minicomputer game.
DEC management assigned the project to their best engineer and colleague from MIT, Ben Gurley. Benjamin Gurley (1926-1963) was a brilliant engineer and designer, who came in DEC from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.
It is a single address, single instruction, stored program computer with powerful program features. It supports fully parallel processing and is unusually versatile. It is easy to install, operate and maintain.
PDP-1, the sixth generation computer, was the world’s first commercial computer that people could use. The PDP-1 also made it possible for small businesses and labs to get more computing power than ever before.