The year 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of an independent unit of the Polish Academy of Sciences - the Laboratory for Mathematical Apparatus (Zakład Aparatów Matematycznych - ZAM), which in 1962 became the Institute of Mathematical Machines.
In its long history, the IMM was the main, and for an extended time the only, research and development unit dedicated to the creation of hardware and software, and solving the problems of their scientific and industrial application.
The ZAM introduced an organizational framework for the development of computers (then called „mathematical machines”) in our country and encouraged an intensification of the effort that was began as early as 1949 in the Group for Mathematical Apparatus of the Mathematical Institute. The Group achieved many a success, especially in the development of analogue machines, for instance the Analyzer of Differential Equations. The Institute's history can be divided into several stages:
Laying of the foundation for the creation of digital machines; the designing, experimental production and application of the first Polish computers XYZ and ZAM 2 (intended as tools for scientific and technical calculations); a number of pioneering achievements in the field of programming (ex. the SAKO language) and assistance in the creation of the Polish computer industry
The designing and implementation of the first Polish 2nd generation computer ZAM-41; promotion of its use of computers in administration. In 1964 a team of IMM employees received the State Prize of the 2nd degree.
Work on the basics of the architecture of 3rd generation computers, helping in the development of the computer industry's potential and introduction into usage of many peripherals (ex. magnetic tape memories PT-2 and PT-3, line printers DW-3 and DW-21, drum memories PB-5 and PB-7); the designing of the first Polish personal computer MOMIK 8b, and cooperation in the creation of the ODRA-1305. During this period two other branches of IMM, in Katowice and in Toruń, were established.
The designing and subsequent manufacturing of memories on thin magnetic layers (wires), office minicomputers of the MERA-300 series, minicomputers K-202 and MERA-400, and technical devices for the electronics industry.
The designing and implementation of the personal computer MAZOVIA 1016, the microprocessor development system MSWP (Mikroprocesorowy System Wspomagania Projektowania), modules of the network subsystem TELE-SM, semiconductor memories for minicomputers and the measurement system VIRT. A manufacture division was created and the export of IMM's products (especially the MSWP) begun.
A period of political and social changes in our country, which at first led to a breakdown of production and export to the countries of the former Soviet Bloc in the whole industry, and especially within the field of electronics. A serious restructuring of the Institute was undertaken. The end of centralized research programs resulted in a lack of funds necessary for maintaining large number of employees. The Institute decided to abandon experimental production and turn the production unit into offices for rent - the IMM Office Center, which provided us with financial resources to continue research work.
• 1991 till now
New modules of the measurement systems, access control, time and attendance systems, biometric and proximity readers, digital optoelectronic devices were designed. As a result of previously conducted research in e-learning a pioneer system – Examinator - has been released. We continue to develop our own TeleEdu technology, offer e-courses creation, and partnership in EU learning programs.