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Phillips Hall - Home of UNC's First Computer

In the early 1960s, increasing anxiety over nuclear tensions between the United States and Soviet Union caused a boom in the construction of nuclear fallout shelters across the country. Chapel Hill was no exception. When the addition to UNC's Phillips Hall was constructed, the basement was specifically designed as one big fallout center to protect NC's first computer, the Remington Univac. This single computer occupied approximately 20,000 square feet and had 10,000 vacuum tubes. Today, the basement of Phillips Hall is still home to the University's central computing and networking facility. [11].

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