Conway’s Game of LIFE in a DEC PDP-7 w/ Type 340 Display

















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Published on Jan 9, 2020

Here is an implementation of John Conway’s Game of Life on an 18 bit DEC PDP-7 with a DEC Type 340 X/Y point display. Patterns are stored on and can be called from our new JK09 PDP-7 storage device which is what we use for UNIX V0. We have set a few starter patterns including Bill Gosper’s Glider Gun.

The sounds you hear are from the Type 347 display controller. They were received using a Yaesu FT1XD radio in AM mode.

The world supports 1296 points (36 x 36). We are attempting to increase this to 72 x 72 or 5184 points.

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