[vcf-midatlantic] MOBIDIC replica project

jsalzman at gmail.com jsalzman at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 15:23:39 EST 2017


So far, it appears to be possible. I'm already researching how to make the
MOBIDIC components work as Arduino libraries. Once I wrap my head around
its computing paradigm, that effort will become easier.

On Dec 1, 2017 12:56 PM, "Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic" <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Very exciting-  It might be possible to work towards some sort of a
> working replica then!
>
> On 12/1/2017 12:39 PM, Jeff Salzman via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>
>> For some reason, I feel compelled to tackle the creation of a small
>> microprocessor (Arduino, etc.) emulator for the MOBIDIC. I found technical
>> specifications for the MOBIDIC 7A and discovered just how different it was
>> to modern computing architecture. Interesting stuff. It's kind of fun
>> learning about things like a Hollerith Constant for character storage, and
>> its implementation in the MOBIDIC.
>>
>>
>> Learn something new everyday... :)
>>
>> On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 2:39 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:
>>
>> Ever consider a smaller scale for display purposes?
>>> Well we already have a small scale model made by the Army on display. If
>>> we're going to make something, then let's go all the way. :)
>>>
>>> As for the emulation, will the design, architecture, components,
>>>
>>>> programming materials be available to the group
>>>>
>>>> I'll endeavor to get it all onto Bitsavers.
>>>
>>>    so those interested can
>>>
>>>> figure out what effort they can or may contribute to the project?
>>>> Considering the comparable lack of complexity, it could be emulated on
>>>> an
>>>> Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi
>>>>
>>>> Something like that would be great, then we could show people (instead
>>> of
>>> just telling them), "This whole truck is emulated in a $10
>>> microcontroller."
>>>
>>>
>



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