Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Re-Imagining the PDP8

Speaker: Oscar Vermuelen
Date: Thursday 18th January 2018
Time: 14:30

BCS, 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA


About the seminar

The PiDP-8/I is a modern replica of the 1968 PDP-8/I computer. Made as a kit, this is an open-source hardware project, so schematics, design files & software are all available.

The goal of this project was to create a faithful but low-cost replica of the 1968 PDP-8/I. Operated through the Blinkenlights front panel, it should evoke the user experience from the past. It should also replicate all stages in the PDP-8’s development. Which was not entirely trivial as the PDP-8 series spanned a long period in computer history: from 1965 to 1979 and from teletype & paper tape all the way through to hard discs and multi-user systems.

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